Peer Learning Network


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

Partners for Rural America Virtual Conference Oct 14th + 15th Registration OPEN

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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:

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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

Each state has their own page for state specific information. Here you will find notes for Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming and state specific resources & plans.

Upcoming State Meetings - contact state facilitators for access

Idaho - 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10am Pacific/11am Mountain - Upcoming Topic: October - Tri-State Housing Summit Planning Meeting Contact Marci Miller to sign up to help!

Montana - 4th Friday of the month at 9:30am Mountain - Upcoming Topic: Undesirable Businesses in Our Communities

Wyoming - 1st Wednesday of the month at 4pm Mountain - Upcoming Topic: Housing