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Issue #11 | October 2021

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Transition & Resilience

A newsletter from the Nuclear Communities TA program

How can data be harnessed to support nuclear host communities?

In order to plan for what lies ahead tomorrow, communities and regions need accurate and accessible information today.  This webinar shared information about the various free tools and resources available from StatsAmerica, including the Anywhere USA Profile, Measuring Distress Tool, Big Radius Tool, and Innovation Index.  It also previewed a new tool being created especially for nuclear host communities.

Do you have ideas for future webinars or other virtual events for the Nuclear Host Communities program? Tell us about them through this suggestion form.

More Upcoming Opportunities

The International Economic Development Council is offering a free online workshop in partnership with FEMA: “Planning for Economic Recovery.” The workshop starts with a sound planning process to engage key stakeholders to assess your community’s strengths and vulnerabilities, and then develop a recovery plan that helps your community mitigate risks and speed recovery after economic disruptions. Date: October 28 at 3-5pm EDT.

The Annual Decommissioning Strategy Forum: Join hundreds of local leaders and industry practitioners to explore clear tactics to apply to your community’s decommissioning strategies. Panelists, including our very own Jim Hamilton, will address topics related to environmental issues, used fuel and waste management, nuclear regulatory landscape, community relations, and economic development. Date: November 1-2, 2021.

EPA’s Recreation Economy for Rural Communities planning assistance program helps communities identify strategies to grow their outdoor recreation economy and revitalize their Main Streets. Communities who receive a RERC grant will work with a planning team to identify strategies to grow their local outdoor recreation economy, strengthen their downtown, and conserve and sustainably use forests and other natural assets. Deadline: November 22, 2021.

National Cleanup Workshop 2021: Register for the Energy Communities Alliance’s open workshop in December to hear from senior DOE officials, local government officials, and industry leaders about DOE's cleanup priorities, the future of the workforce, and more. December 7 - 9, 2021 at 3:00pm EDT.

We kicked off the first-ever CoP specifically designed for local leaders and stakeholders from nuclear host communities

Over the past three months, we’ve been hosting a series of very constructive conversations with local leaders and planners grouped according to the decommissioning status of their local nuclear plant closed or in the process of closing; closing in the foreseeable future; and fully operational. The CoP is meant to connect nuclear host communities around ideas, experiences, and resources that contribute to the long-term resilience of their communities and regions. We will be releasing an informative brief capturing our findings and lessons learned to date within the next few weeks. We are also getting ready to share a program with many additional opportunities to engage with the CoP moving forward.

Want to join the conversation?

If you are interested or involved in your community’s economic transition efforts to any extent and would like to be invited to participate in our roundtables, please reach out to Martina Guglielmone at mguglielmone@smartgrowthamerica with your contact details, the name of the nuclear plant hosted by your community, and any additional information you’d like to share with the team. 


Reads and Resources


  • Biden administration announces plan for large wind farms along most of the U.S. coastline, The Week

  • 39-year battle to remove 86,000 metric tons of nuclear waste continues, with no end in sight, The Orange County Register

  • Senator Ed Markey and Congressman Mike Levin from NC introduce legislation that would establish a task force and help set new approaches for handling nuclear waste, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

  • ​​Op-ed: Think Illinois’ clean energy bill is just a bailout for nuclear plants? You’ve got it all wrong, Chicago Tribune

  • Decommissioning Panel Weighs Options for Pilgrim Waste Storage, Cape Cod


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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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