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Issue #9 | August 2021

Transition & Resilience

A newsletter from the Nuclear Communities TA program


Harnessing the power of StatsAmerica to support Nuclear Host Communities

In order to plan for what lies ahead tomorrow, communities and regions need accurate and accessible information today.  Since 2008, the goal of StatsAmerica has been to provide actionable data for economic developers and planners to use in site requests, developing metrics, grant writing, and strategic planning.  

This webinar on September 28 - open to anyone interested, but designed specifically for nuclear power plant host communities planning for their futures- will share more about the various free tools and resources available from StatsAmerica, a service of the Indiana University Business Research Center (IBRC) in the Kelley School of Business.  It will include overviews and demos of StatsAmerica’s various tools, including the Measuring Distress Tool, Big Radius Tool, the Innovation Index 2.0, the CEDS Resource Library, and much more.


More Upcoming Opportunities

America Walks Community Change Grants: America Walks and Active People, Health Nations partners have announced another round of Community Change Grant program funding. This program will award grantees $1,500 in community stipends for projects related to creating healthy, active, inclusive, accessible, and engaged places to live, work, and play. Deadline: September 30, 2021.

National Center for Mobility Management 2021 Ready-to-Launch Grants: The Federal Transit Administration is accepting applications for 2021 Ready-to-Launch Grants. Recipients will receive grants up to $75,000 for communities to pilot a promising mobility solution, the development of which was inspired and informed by the results of community research. The solution being proposed must be a new idea that addresses transportation equity. Deadline: October 15, 2021.


Have you heard about our new Teach-Learn-Connect Series for Nuclear Host Communities?

The Nuclear Communities TA team kicked off the Teach-Learn-Connect Series —part of our new community of practice— meant to connect nuclear host communities around ideas, experiences, and resources that contribute to the long-term resilience of their communities and regions.

Participation in the Teach-Learn-Connect Series is by invitation only. If you serve as a local leader or economic development practitioner for a nuclear host community and would like to be invited to join the conversation, reach out to Martina at

Do you have ideas for future webinars and other virtual public events for the Nuclear Communities program?

Share your thoughts with us using this webinar suggestion form 

Reads and Resources

  • This week, Illinois lawmakers passed the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA), SB2408. The bill combats climate change by sharply reducing carbon emissions in the electricity sector, creates an equitable clean energy future for all through workforce and contractor development programs targeted in equity focused communities, and establishes a just transition for fossil fuel plant communities and workers. The bill also earmarks nearly $700 million in subsidies to prevent the closure of the Byron and Dresden Generating Stations, two of six nuclear plants in the state. Doing so will extend their lifelines by another 5 years. Read more on CleanTechnica

  • Opinion: To move nuclear waste from San Onofre, interim storage is needed:  Action for Spent Fuel Solutions Now, a bipartisan coalition, will help find practical ways to move nuclear fuel from sites like the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Learn how. 

  • House Panel Marked Up the Green Tax Package: The House Ways and Means Committee met Tuesday morning to mark up its sweeping green energy tax package that includes long-term extensions for both the production tax credit and investment tax credit, as well as boosts for EVs, transmission, nuclear and clean hydrogen, among a host of other credits.  See the House’s section-by-section breakdown.

  • The Clean Energy Business Network is leading over 500 business groups in urging House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to prioritize clean energy tax credits, research and development, and advanced energy infrastructure, including EV charging stations, in both the bipartisan infrastructure and the reconciliation bills. The groups are pushing for refundable tax credits (or direct pay) to help shore up the industry after the pandemic downturn. Read their letter to House leadership here.

  • A New Frontier for Nuclear: Partnering With Utilities on Decommissioned Coal Sites: Taking cues from TerraPower’s demonstration project, utilities are increasingly interested in using brownfield sites for advanced nuclear. Learn about the benefits of brownfield restoration.  


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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