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Transition & Resilience: The Bulletin

Welcome to news from the Nuclear Closure Communities Technical Assistance team, helping communities that host a nuclear power plant better prepare and plan for a post-nuclear future. Learn more and get in touch at

Register for our next webinar!

Planning for Resiliency in Communities with Nuclear Power Plants: EDA Nuclear Funding 101

Applying for federal funds can be a challenge, particularly in smaller communities or those without professional staff. This webinar will walk through the application process from start to finish using the Economic Development Administration’s application for any of EDA’s solicitations, with an emphasis on nuclear funding. EDA staff will join for discussion and follow up assistance from our TA program will be available for communities that choose to apply.


How have other communities faced the loss of major employers? Hear their stories. We facilitated a discussion between a few local leaders who shared some of what they've learned from facing that enormous challenge. You can watch the recording or read the three big takeaways here.

The Pilgrim Nuclear Power Station Study: a Socio-Economic Analysis and Closure Transition Guide Book (2015): This resource estimates the role of the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant Station in its host town (Plymouth, MA) and the broader region. The analysis is focused on the socioeconomic impacts of the decommissioning process including factors like property values, municipal revenue, and employment. Although the findings and recommendations are based on Pilgrim Station, we encourage you to dive into the Guidebook’s model for impact mitigation: building knowledge, support, and momentum.

Managing the Socioeconomic Impact of the Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities (2008): This report by the International Atomic Energy Agency focuses on the identification and management of the socioeconomic outcomes of the decommissioning of a nuclear facility, illustrating experiences in various countries and types of communities. This report serves as a good model for any nuclear host community to measure the severity of different impacts, plan for different kinds of interventions, and explore the issue in an international context.


Did you miss SGA’s Equity Summit?


Our first-ever Equity Summit was filled with an impressive lineup of speakers discussing how to promote equity in housing and land use, why strong Black and brown businesses are key to neighborhood vitality, and how to right the wrongs of past damaging transportation decisions and promote restorative justice.

Keep reading & resources

As Terri Close shared in our latest webinar, cultivating open and collaborative relationships among local stakeholders (including energy companies!) can really streamline planning and impact-mitigation efforts related to decommissioning. The Diablo Canyon Decommissioning Engagement Panel is a forum for public education on decommissioning activities, and for community members to provide direct input to local leadership regarding their future, including land use and repurposing of facilities. Learn more about this outstanding community engagement initiative on their website!

BLUEPRINT by the Just Transition Fund is a comprehensive online resource to help coal communities and local leaders create an equitable, sustainable, and inclusive future. It includes information and resources for community-based nonprofits and municipal leaders in places where a coal asset has closed or is closing. 

The IAEA International Decommissioning Network was created to raise skills and expertise levels to facilitate safe decommissioning of nuclear facilities through collaboration, training, and sharing of knowledge. We've been learning a lot from these folks. Some of our favorite resources by the Network are Managing the Unexpected in Decommissioning (2016), An Overview of Stakeholder Involvement in Decommissioning (2009), and Design Lessons Drawn from the Decommissioning of Nuclear Facilities (2011).



Check out The Nuclear Decommissioning Collaborative’s regularly updated news board to keep up to date with nuclear decommissioning initiatives across the country. 

Upcoming events and opportunities

CEDS 101 Webinar by NADO Research Foundation: The NADO Research Foundation kicks off its CEDS, Recovery, and Resilience webinar series on March 9 at 2 p.m. ET with “CEDS 101:  What You Need to Know Right Now about the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.”  We’ll hear from EDA and NADO RF staff about CEDS fundamentals, best practices, and latest trends. Follow the link to register and contact Brett Schwartz at with any questions.         

New opportunity for small cities and towns to receive $10,000 in seed grant funding: The Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program provides startup funding of $10,000 for resident-driven groups in smaller communities to engage the entire population in identifying what they love most about their community, what future they want for it, and how to achieve it. Join them on an informational webinar this Thursday, Feb.17 or click here to learn more and apply. 

New assistance opportunity for small rural communities: The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ is now accepting applications through March 12 for an opportunity to participate in four local Design Workshops that address specific community challenges, and an online Design Learning Cohort program. All rural communities of 50,000 or less are eligible to apply. Register for the informational webinar on February 9.


To inquire about partnering with the team on behalf of your community, please fill out the contact form on SGA’s website. Receive this from a friend? Sign up here.

This effort utilizes Federal funds under award ED20HDQ3030068 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the project team and do not necessarily reflect the views of EDA or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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