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Region Designated an Economic Development District (EDD) by the Economic Development Administration

In January, the U.S. Economic Development Administration designated the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany region an Economic Development District (EDD). This designation enhances our ability to obtain grants from EDA. A key function of EDDs is to develop, maintain and assist in implementing a regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and support local governments in short-term planning activities.

The EDD area will be comprised of the counties of Alleghany, Botetourt, Craig, and Roanoke; and the cities of Covington, Roanoke and Salem.

Commenting on EDD designation, Congressman Bob Goodlatte said “The ability to attract new economic development, and with the jobs, educational opportunities, and innovation, is key to the growth of any community. This Economic Development District designation is encouraging news for the Roanoke and Alleghany region! I am pleased that the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission’s hard work and perseverance has brought this great opportunity to fruition to help strengthen local economies. I look forward to seeing how our part of the Commonwealth continues to grow.”

Wayne Strickland, Executive Director of the Regional Commission, stated “The Commission recognized the benefits of our region in being designated an EDD. The designation process took several years to complete, but the time and effort put into obtaining EDD status will result in expanding opportunities for funding important economic development projects in the region.”

See the coverage on WSLS TV-10.

Compensation Study RFP

Notice of Request for Proposals for Compensation Study Consultant Services

The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission is seeking proposals from qualified consulting firms and individuals to perform a regional compensation study.  Responses will be accepted until 4:00pm EST on Friday, February 17, 2017.  This public body does not discriminate as outlined by the Code of Virginia. Minority and women-owned businesses are encouraged to apply. For the complete RFP, click here. 

Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority Completes Network

Roanoke Valley Broadband AuthorityIn July, Roanoke County approved funding to build a 25-mile, $3.4 million expansion of the Roanoke Valley Broadband Authority’s (RVBA) fiber network. Once finished, the total network will cover 72 miles throughout the cities of Roanoke and Salem, and the Counties of Botetourt and Roanoke. The Roanoke County expansion will run near 650 commercial properties.

Roanoke County leaders have said that the network’s current course misses several key commercial clusters in the county. The county’s design of the additional 25 miles of fiber hits areas such as Virginia 419 between Tanglewood Mall and Salem and the town of Vinton.

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Roanoke River Blueway Designated as a Virginia Treasure

Roanoke River Blueway Designated as a Virginia Treasure

VirginiaTreasures_FINALThe Roanoke River Blueway has been designated as a Natural, Cultural and Recreational Treasure as part of the Virginia Treasures program, an initiative by Governor McAuliffe to preserve, protect and highlight Virginia’s most important ecological, cultural, scenic and recreational assets as well as its special lands. A recreational treasure is a one that provides new public access to a natural, cultural or scenic outdoor recreation resource. These are projects that help the public by enhancing outdoor recreation and foster stewardship of natural and cultural resources.

Read more about the Roanoke River Blueway here…

Volunteers Needed for NBPD Survey

flyer pictureThe Roanoke Valley – Alleghany Regional Commission is partnering with the City of Roanoke for the annual National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation week! Volunteer on Wednesday from 5-7pm or Saturday from 12-2pm to count the number of pedestrians and bicyclists at designated locations. For more information, contact Amanda McGee at amcgee@rvarc.org.

 

FY 2015 CoC Program Competition Now Open

The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Continuum of Care Program Competition has been posted to the FY 2015 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange. The FY 2015 CoC Consolidated Application and Project Applications are now available in e-snaps.

Submission Deadline: Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:59:59 PM EST

  • The FY 2015 CoC Program Competition is administered under the CoC Program interim rule (24 CFR part 578) and covers the application and award process for the FY 2015 CoC Program funds.
  • All applicants should carefully and thoroughly read the following:
  • FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA – prior to beginning the application process
  • FY 2015 General Section NOFA
  • Project Application Detailed Instructions and Instructional Guides
  • CoC Application Detailed Instructions and Instructional Guide
  • CoC Priority Listing Detailed Instructions and Instructional Guide
  • FAQs
  • As stated in Section II.B.4.of the FY 2015 CoC Program NOFA – Any changes to the FY 2015 Grant Inventory Worksheet (GIW) after the FY 2015 CoC Program Registration process must be approved by the local HUD CPD Field Office, in consultation with HUD Headquarters, within the 10-day grace period after the publication of the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA. The due date of final HUD-approval for changes to the FY 2015 GIW is September 28, 2015 by 5:00 PM local time.
  • HUD will post the FY 2015 CoC Program Amounts Available for Funding to the HUD Exchange within 10 days after the deadline for the grace period for changes. As stated in the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA, HUD will not consider any additional changes to the GIWs or Annual Renewal Demand (ARD) after the 10-day grace period.
  • The e-snaps system is not compatible with Chrome and newer versions of Firefox. Users should use Internet Explorer 10 or 11 (in compatibility mode) or older versions of Internet Explorer or Firefox which are available from Microsoft and Mozilla. If you need assistance in accessing e-snaps contact the HUD Exchange e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ).

Electronic Application in e-snaps
The www.grants.gov application is not applicable to the CoC Program. The FY 2015 CoC Consolidated Application (CoC Application and CoC Priority Listing) and the Project Applications are only available via the SNAPS online grants management system, e-snaps. Only those Collaborative Applicants with a HUD-approved FY 2015 CoC Registration will have access to the FY 2015 CoC Consolidated Application. The application submission deadline is Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:59:59 PM EST.

Listserv Communications
All information related to the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition is communicated via the HUD Exchange Mailing List. Join the mailing list to receive important updates and reminders. HUD will communicate via listserv messages:

  • Due date reminders – it is the sole responsibility of Collaborative Applicants and their project applicants to submit the CoC Application and CoC Priority Listing containing all project applications by the due date and time.
  • Availability of webcasts.
  • Important updates or additional information – the additional information will not change the selection criteria or selection process included in the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA, but may include items such as updates on the status of e-snaps and reminders of impending deadlines.

If you are aware or suspect that the Collaborative Applicant, CoC members, or interested stakeholders are not currently receiving these listserv messages, please forward the following link, https://www.hudexchange.info/mailinglist, to them to register for the listserv messages as this is the only form of communication used by HUD to the public.

Resources
FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA Broadcast – This pre-recorded broadcast highlights key changes in the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA requirements. This broadcast is also available on the HUDchannel on YouTube. The due date of final HUD-approval for changes to the FY 2015 GIW is September 28, 2015 by 5:00 PM local time.

Application Resources on HUD Exchange
The following Consolidated Application and Project Application resources associated with the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition are, or will be, available on the CoC Program Competition: e-snaps Resources page on the HUD Exchange website:

  • Project Application Detailed Instructions:
  • New Project Application – coming soon
  • Renewal Project Application – coming soon
  • CoC Planning Project Application
  • UFA Costs Project Application
  • Project Application Instructional Guides:
  • New Project Applications
  • Renewal Project Applications
  • Performance Measures
  • Budgets – coming soon
  • CoC Planning Project Applications
  • UFA Costs Project Applications
  • Appeal Project Applications
  • CoC Application:
  • Detailed Instructions – coming soon
  • Instructional Guide
  • CoC Priority Listing:
  • Detailed Instructions
  • Instructional Guide

Questions
If you have questions pertaining to e-snaps technical issues, please submit your questions to the e-snaps Ask A Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange website. To submit a question to the e-snaps AAQ portal, select “e-snaps” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

If you have questions related to the CoC Program interim rule or a policy related question, please submit your questions to the CoC Program Ask A Question (AAQ) portal. To submit a question to the CoC Program AAQ portal, select “CoC Program” from the “My question is related to” drop down list on Step 2 of the question submission process.

The AAQ accepts question submissions 24/7. However, responses are usually provided between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, except for weekends and federal holidays. Additionally, per the FY 2015 CoC Program Competition NOFA, starting 2 days prior to the application deadline for FY 2015 funds, the AAQ will respond only to emergency technical support questions up to the deadline of Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7:59:59 PM EST.

Visit the HUD Exchange at https://www.hudexchange.info

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