Resources and meeting updates from the Western Community Assessment Network (WeCAN) Peer Learning Network for Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming in partnership with University of Idaho, Idaho Rural Partnership, Montana Economic Developers Association, Wyoming Business Council, University of Wyoming and Montana State University
EDA Announces $750M in Tourism Funding from the American Rescue Plan
Through the Travel, Tourism & Outdoor Recreation program, EDA is focused on accelerating the recovery of communities that rely on the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors. $750 million of EDA’s American Rescue Plan funds are allocated to support the following efforts:
Read More Here: https://eda.gov/arpa/travel-tourism
State Tourism Grants: $510 million in non-competitive awards to help states quickly invest in marketing, infrastructure, workforce and other projects to rejuvenate safe leisure, business and international travel.
Competitive Grants: $240 million to help communities that have been hardest hit by challenges facing the travel, tourism and outdoor recreation sectors to invest in infrastructure, workforce or other projects to support the recovery of the industry and economic resilience of the community in the future.
State PLN Teams
Upcoming State Meetings - contact state facilitators for access
Idaho - 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10am Pacific/11am Mountain - Upcoming Topic: Childcare issues in rural communities. Childcare is the topic on tap for the July and August sessions.
Montana - 4th Friday of the month at 9:30am Mountain - Upcoming Topic: Growing Community Engagement
Wyoming - 1st Wednesday of the month at 4pm Mountain - Upcoming Topic: Leadership. Participants will find a resource (YouTube vid- eo, Ted Talk, etc.) that addresses leadership and share with the group.