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Transition & Resilience: The Bulletin

Issue #6 | May 2021

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


Upcoming Webinar


Getting Started with EDA Nuclear Funding

Thursday, June 3rd | 3:00 - 4:00 pm EDT

For communities and regions that host a nuclear power plant, economic diversification is a critical goal, one that can be supported by EDA funding. Cities or counties in a region that has been, or could be, impacted by a plant closure should consider projects to address these impacts, and apply for a grant. These resources present an opportunity to diversify your community’s economy and reduce over-reliance on a single industry. Join us as we walk through the basics of EDA’s Nuclear Closure Communities funding, project ideas, and support available to communities considering their options and preparing an application. 


Upcoming Events and Opportunities

  • Wealth Creation Strategies for Nuclear Communities | June 8th at 2:00-3:00 pm EDT: An upcoming webinar on will introduce the fundamentals of wealth creation, including its core principles, the multiple forms of community capital, and how to build value chains — with a real focus on tapping into existing assets and thinking regionally about economic development. Register here!

  • Art-Train | Technical Assistance opportunity: Springboard for the Arts announced a new TA program to support the arts in communities across the nation. Art-Train is training on how to use American Rescue Plan and American Jobs Plan funding to support locally rooted, culture-based collaborations for a creative and equitable recovery including workforce development, economic growth, public health, housing, infrastructure, and civic engagement. Go to program website. 

  • Passed and Proposed - What the Federal Budget Means for Brownfield Redevelopment: You’ve no doubt heard of the Moving Forward Act and President Biden’s proposed Build Back Better Plan, but did you know that both include major provisions that support brownfields redevelopment and land reuse? Watch the recording of this in-depth discussion on federal funding coming down the pike and how you can leverage it to turn neighborhood liabilities into community assets. 

  • T-Mobile Hometown Grants | Applications open April-June 2021: T-Mobile is giving away $25 million to small communities over the next five years through hundreds of smaller (~$50k) Hometown Grants for all types of catalytic projects. If you are a local leader of almost any kind (elected, civic, etc), you can nominate your town for a Hometown Grant here.

Reads and Resources

  • Biden Administration Outlines Key Resources to Invest in Coal and Power Plant Community Economic Revitalization: The White House Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization identified nearly $38 billion in existing federal funding that could be accessed by energy communities for infrastructure, environmental remediation, union job creation, and community revitalization efforts. Read the White House’s factsheet. 

  • Use the CEDS process to gather information to highlight how the nuclear power plant is positioned within the wider regional economy: There are a handful of CEDS that effectively call out the ongoing or potential economic impacts of closure and share useful information and strategies for the region to adapt, diversify, and become more resilient. A new brief from the NADO Research Foundation provides observations and best practices to encourage organizations to incorporate nuclear community issues into the CEDS to better position their regions for recovery and resilience. Click here to view the brief. 


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


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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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