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                                                     As important as the decisions to be                  Forest System lands within the planning               anonymously will be accepted and
                                                  made is the identification of the types                 area, including lands identified as                   considered.
                                                  of decisions that will not be made                      inventoried roadless areas (IRAs) in the                Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1600–1614; 36 CFR
                                                  within the revised forest plan. The                     Final Environmental Impact Statement                  219.35 (74 FR 67073–67074).
                                                  authorization of project-level activities               for the 2001 Roadless Area Conservation
                                                                                                                                                                  Dated: March 22, 2010.
                                                  on the forests is not a decision made in                Rule (RACR). There is currently a legal
                                                  the forest plan but occurs through                      dispute regarding the status of the                   Mary Wagner,
                                                  subsequent project specific decision-                   RACR, with one Federal Court                          Regional Forester, Forest Service Pacific
                                                  making. The designation of routes,                      (Wyoming District Federal Court, Judge                Northwest Region.
                                                  trails, and areas for motorized vehicle                 Brimmer) finding the rule to be in                    [FR Doc. 2010–6748 Filed 3–26–10; 8:45 am]
                                                  travel are not considered during plan                   conflict with law and enjoining its                   BILLING CODE 3410–11–M
                                                  revision. Some issues (e.g., hunting                    implementation and a different Federal
                                                  regulations), although important, are                   Court (Northern California District
                                                  beyond the authority or control of the                  Federal Court, Judge Laporte) reinstating             DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
                                                  national forests and will not be                        that rule and prohibiting the Forest
                                                  considered. In addition, some issues,                                                                         Rural Business—Cooperative Service
                                                                                                          Service from taking any action that
                                                  such as wild and scenic river suitability               would have been prohibited under the                  Inviting Applications for Rural
                                                  determinations, may not be undertaken                   RACR. The Forest Service is hopeful                   Business Opportunity Grants
                                                  at this time, but addressed later as a                  that current legal proceedings will
                                                  future forest plan amendment. The Hells                 resolve these conflicting court rulings.              AGENCY: Rural Business—Cooperative
                                                  Canyon National Recreation Area                           The Proposed Action includes plan                   Service, USDA.
                                                  (HCNRA), administered by the                            direction that retains the undeveloped                ACTION: Notice.
                                                  Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, is                     character of all three national forests by
                                                  managed under the HCNRA                                                                                       SUMMARY: The Rural Business—
                                                                                                          including Management Areas that
                                                  Comprehensive Management Plan, a                                                                              Cooperative Service (RBS), an Agency
                                                                                                          restrict road construction and timber
                                                  part of the Wallowa-Whitman National                                                                          within the Rural Development mission
                                                                                                          harvest. This is based on analysis of the
                                                  Forest land management plan. The                                                                              area, announces the availability of
                                                                                                          resources and management situation
                                                  HCNRA Comprehensive Management                                                                                grants under the Rural Business
                                                                                                          that the Forest Service has done in
                                                  Plan was revised in 2003 and is not                                                                           Opportunity Grant (RBOG) program for
                                                                                                          developing the Proposed Action and on
                                                  being considered for modification in                                                                          fiscal year (FY) 2010, to be
                                                                                                          extensive public involvement.
                                                  this revision process.                                                                                        competitively awarded based on the
                                                                                                            Comments received in the scoping                    terms of this notice and RBOG program
                                                  Applicable Planning Rule                                process will help the agency determine                regulations found at 7 CFR part 4284,
                                                     On December 18, 2009 the                             the scope of issues related to roadless               subpart G in the following amounts:
                                                  Department reinstated the previous                      area management and guide the                            1. Up to $250,000 per application.
                                                  planning rule, commonly known as the                    development of alternatives and                          These dollar limits do not apply to
                                                  2000 planning rule in the Federal                       analysis of environmental effects. The                Federally Recognized Native American
                                                  Register (Federal Register, Volume 74,                  decision for the final plan will be                   Tribes’’ (FRNAT), and Rural Economic
                                                  No. 242, Friday, December 18, 2009,                     consistent with the legal status of the               Area Partnerships, for which the RBOG
                                                  pages 67059 through 67075). The                         RACR at the time the plan is signed.                  appropriation for FY 2010 provided
                                                  transition provisions of the reinstated                 Description of the Scoping Process                    specific funding.
                                                  rule (36 CFR 219.35 and appendices A                                                                             Grant applications may be submitted
                                                  and B) allow use of the provisions of the                  This notice of intent initiates the                for a work period not to exceed two
                                                  National Forest System land and                         scoping process, which guides the                     years.
                                                  resource management planning rule in                    development of the environmental                         Applicants are strongly encouraged to
                                                  effect prior to the effective date of the               impact statement. In scoping, the                     review the regulations prior to
                                                  2000 rule (November 9, 2000),                           agency, with the assistance of the                    submitting an application.
                                                  commonly called the 1982 planning                       public, determines the scope of the                      While not precluding any of the
                                                  rule, to amend or revise plans. The                     issues to be addressed and identifies the             previous uses of these funds, the
                                                  Malheur, Umatilla, and Wallowa-                         significant issues related to the                     Agency is particularly interested in
                                                  Whitman National Forests have elected                   proposed action (see 40 CFR 1501.7).                  recruiting applications that will
                                                  to use the provisions of the 1982                          It is important that reviewers provide             establish ‘‘best practice’’ projects in the
                                                  planning rule including the requirement                 their comments at such times and in                   area of regional economic and
                                                  to prepare an EIS, to complete plan                     such a way that they are useful to the                community development using key
                                                  revisions. Although the 2008 planning                   Agency’s preparation of the revised plan              strategies of the United States
                                                  rule is no longer in effect, information                and the EIS. Therefore, comments                      Department of Agriculture (USDA).
                                                  gathered prior to the court’s injunction                should be provided prior to the close of              Regions can be either multi-
                                                  is useful for completing the plan                       the comment period and should clearly                 jurisdictional areas within a State,
                                                  revisions using the provisions of the                   articulate the reviewers’ concerns and                territory, or Federally-designated Tribal
                                                  1982 planning rule. The Blue Mountains                  contentions. The submission of timely                 land or can cross State, territory, or
                                                  Plan Revision Team has concluded that                   and specific comments can affect a                    Tribal boundaries, and are herein
                                                                                                          reviewer’s ability to participate in
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                                                  the analyses begun or developed during                                                                        referred to as ‘‘Great Regions’’
                                                  the revision process to date are                        subsequent objection, administrative                  applicants. A Great Region application
                                                  appropriate for continued use in the                    appeal or judicial review.                            focusing on one or more of the key
                                                  revision process.                                          Comments received in response to                   strategies outlined below may be
                                                                                                          this solicitation, including the names                eligible for additional discretionary
                                                  Roadless Area Management Direction                      and addresses of those who comment,                   points in the application scoring as
                                                    The proposed action includes                          will be part of the public record for this            outlined in the selection criterion in 7
                                                  management direction for all National                   proposed action. Comments submitted                   CFR 4284.639(f). Projects should be

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                                                  designed to help rural communities in                   Alabama                                               Iowa
                                                  the region create wealth so they are self-              USDA Rural Development State Office,                  USDA Rural Development State Office,
                                                  sustaining, repopulating and thriving                    Sterling Centre, Suite 601, 4121                      Federal Building, Room 873, 210 Walnut
                                                  economically, especially using any of                    Carmichael Road, Montgomery, AL 36106–                Street, Des Moines, IA 50309. (515) 284–
                                                  the following USDA key strategies in                     3683. (334) 279–3400/TDD (334) 279–3495.              4663/TDD (515) 284–4858.
                                                  sustainable ways:                                       Alaska                                                Kansas
                                                     1. Local and regional food systems as                USDA Rural Development State Office, 800              USDA Rural Development State Office, 1303
                                                  a strategy for encouraging production                    West Evergreen, Suite 201, Palmer, AK                 SW. First American Place, Suite 100,
                                                  agriculture and related industries in                    99645–6539. (907) 761–7705/TDD (907)                  Topeka, KS 66604–4040. (785) 271–2700/
                                                  new wealth creation;                                     761–8905.                                             TDD (785) 271–2767.
                                                     2. Renewable energy generation,                      Arizona                                               Kentucky
                                                  energy conservation, and/or climate                     USDA Rural Development State Office, 230              USDA Rural Development State Office, 771
                                                  change adaptation or mitigation as                       N. 1st Ave., Suite 206, Phoenix, AZ 85003.            Corporate Drive, Suite 200, Lexington, KY
                                                  strategies for quality job creation;                     (602) 280–8701/TDD (602) 280–8705.                    40503. (859) 224–7300/TDD (859) 224–
                                                     3. Use of broadband and other critical               Arkansas
                                                  infrastructure as a strategy to facilitate                                                                    Louisiana
                                                  local entrepreneurship and expansion of                 USDA Rural Development State Office, 700
                                                                                                           West Capitol Avenue, Room 3416, Little               USDA Rural Development State Office, 3727
                                                  market opportunities for small
                                                                                                           Rock, AR 72201–3225. (501) 301–3200/                  Government Street, Alexandria, LA 71302.
                                                  businesses;                                              TDD (501) 301–3279.                                   (318) 473–7921/TDD (318) 473–7655.
                                                     4. Access to capital in rural areas as
                                                                                                          California                                            Maine
                                                  a strategy to ensure continuous business
                                                  development and job creation/retention;                 USDA Rural Development State Office, 430 G            USDA Rural Development State Office, 967
                                                  and                                                      Street, # 4169, Davis, CA 95616–4169.                 Illinois Avenue, Suite 4, P.O. Box 405,
                                                                                                           (530) 792–5800/TDD (530) 792–5848.                    Bangor, ME 04402–0405. (207) 990–9160/
                                                     5. Innovative utilization of natural                                                                        TDD (207) 942–7331.
                                                  resources as a strategy to expand                       Colorado
                                                  business opportunities.                                 USDA Rural Development State Office, 655              Maryland (see Delaware)
                                                     Applicants are encouraged to consider                  Parfet Street, Room E–100, Lakewood, CO             Massachusetts/Rhode Island/Connecticut
                                                  all available resources in their                          80215. (720) 544–2903/TDD (720) 544–
                                                                                                            2976.                                               USDA Rural Development State Office, 451
                                                  geographic area that can contribute to                                                                         West Street, Suite 2, Amherst, MA 01002–
                                                  supporting their chosen strategies * * *                Connecticut (see Massachusetts)                        2999. (413) 253–4300/TDD (413) 253–4590.
                                                  After selection, grantees may be                        Delaware/Maryland                                     Michigan
                                                  provided with targeted technical
                                                                                                          USDA Rural Development State Office, 1221             USDA Rural Development State Office, 3001
                                                  assistance by USDA or other Federal                       College Park Drive, Suite 200, Dover, DE             Coolidge Road, Suite 200, East Lansing, MI
                                                  agencies as available and appropriate.                    19904. (302) 857–3580/TDD (302) 857–                 48823. (517) 324–5190/TDD (517) 324–
                                                  DATES: The deadline for the receipt of                    3585.                                                5169.
                                                  applications in the respective Rural                    Florida/Virgin Islands                                Minnesota
                                                  Development State Office is 4 p.m. local                USDA Rural Development State Office, 4440             USDA Rural Development State Office, 375
                                                  time on June 28, 2010. Any applications                   NW. 25th Place, P.O. Box 147010,                     Jackson Street, Suite 410, St. Paul, MN
                                                  received after that time will not be                      Gainesville, FL 32614–7010. (352) 338–               55101–1853. (651) 602–7800/TDD (651)
                                                  considered for FY 2010 funding;                           3400/TDD (352) 338–3499.                             602–3799.
                                                  however, the Agency reserves the right
                                                                                                          Georgia                                               Mississippi
                                                  to extend the application deadline.
                                                                                                          USDA Rural Development State Office,                  USDA Rural Development State Office,
                                                    Prospective applicants may submit an                   Stephens Federal Building, 355 E. Hancock             Federal Building, Suite 831, 100 West
                                                  application for an informal eligibility                  Avenue, Athens, GA 30601–2768. (706)                  Capitol Street, Jackson, MS 39269. (601)
                                                  pre-review no later than April 28, 2010.                 546–2162/TDD (706) 546–2034.                          965–4316/TDD (601) 965–5850.
                                                  The pre-review is intended to provide
                                                  feedback to the prospective applicant,                  Hawaii                                                Missouri
                                                  but is not binding on the Agency.                       USDA Rural Development State Office,                  USDA Rural Development State Office, 601
                                                                                                           Federal Building, Room 311, 154                       Business Loop 70 West, Parkade Center,
                                                  ADDRESSES:    Entities wishing to apply for              Waianuenue Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720. (808)              Suite 235, Columbia, MO 65203. (573)
                                                  a grant should contact a Rural                           933–8380/TDD (808) 933–8321.                          876–0976/TDD (573) 876–9480.
                                                  Development State Office for additional
                                                                                                          Idaho                                                 Montana
                                                  information and copies of the
                                                  application package. All applications                   USDA Rural Development State Office, 9173             USDA Rural Development State Office, 900
                                                  should be submitted to the Rural                          West Barnes Drive, Suite A1, Boise, ID               Technology Boulevard, Suite B, P.O. Box
                                                                                                            83709. (208) 378–5600/TDD (208) 378–                 850, Bozeman, MT 59771. (406) 585–2580/
                                                  Development State Office serving the                      5644.                                                TDD (406) 585–2562.
                                                  State or territory where the project, or a
                                                  majority of the project, would be                       Illinois                                              Nebraska
                                                  located. Electronic applications must be                USDA Rural Development State Office, 2118             USDA Rural Development State Office,
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                                                  submitted through the Grants.gov Web                       West Park Court, Suite A, Champaign, IL             Federal Building, Room 152, 100
                                                  site at: http://www.grants.gov, following                  61821. (217) 403–6200/TDD (217) 403–                Centennial Mall North, Lincoln, NE 68508.
                                                  the instructions found on this Web site.                   6240.                                               (402) 437–5551/TDD (402) 437–5093.
                                                  Applicants whose projects would serve                   Indiana                                               Nevada
                                                  a multi-State area do not need to apply                 USDA Rural Development State Office, 5975             USDA Rural Development State Office, 1390
                                                  to each State Office. Following is the                    Lakeside Boulevard, Indianapolis, IN                 South Curry Street, Carson City, NV
                                                  contact information for Rural                             46278. (317) 290–3100/TDD (317) 290–                 89703–5146. (775) 887–1222/TDD (775)
                                                  Development State Offices:                                3343.                                                885–0633.

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                                                  New Jersey                                              Tennessee                                             4 p.m. on June 28, 2010, to be eligible
                                                  USDA Rural Development State Office, 8000               USDA Rural Development State Office, 3322             for FY 2010 grant funding. Any
                                                   Midlantic Drive, 5th Floor North, Suite                  West End Avenue, Suite 300, Nashville,              applications received after that time will
                                                   500, Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054. (856) 787–7700/               TN 37203–1084. (615) 783–1300.                      not be considered for FY 2010 funding;
                                                   TDD (856) 787–7784.                                    Texas                                                 however, the Agency reserves the right
                                                                                                                                                                to extend the application deadline.
                                                  New Hampshire (see Vermont)                             USDA Rural Development State Office,
                                                                                                            Federal Building, Suite 102, 101 South
                                                                                                                                                                Electronic applications must be
                                                  New Mexico                                                Main, Temple, TX 76501. (254) 742–9700/             submitted through the Grants.gov Web
                                                  USDA Rural Development State Office, 6200                 TDD (254) 742–9712.                                 site at: http://www.grants.gov, following
                                                   Jefferson Street, NE., Room 255,                                                                             the instructions found on this Web site.
                                                                                                          Utah                                                     Application pre-review: Prospective
                                                   Albuquerque, NM 87109. (505) 761–4950/
                                                   TDD (505) 761–4938.                                    USDA Rural Development State Office,                  applicants may submit an application
                                                                                                            Wallace F. Bennett Federal Building, 125            for an informal eligibility pre-review no
                                                  New York                                                  South State Street, Room 4311, Salt Lake            later than April 28, 2010. The pre-
                                                  USDA Rural Development State Office, The                  City, UT 84138. (801) 524–4320/TDD (801)
                                                                                                                                                                review is intended to provide feedback
                                                   Galleries of Syracuse, 441 South Salina                  524–3309.
                                                                                                                                                                to the prospective applicant, but is not
                                                   Street, Suite 357, Syracuse, NY 13202–                 Vermont/New Hampshire                                 binding on the Agency.
                                                   2541. (315) 477–6400/TDD (315) 477–6447.
                                                                                                          USDA Rural Development State Office, City
                                                                                                                                                                I. Funding Opportunity Description
                                                  North Carolina                                            Center, 3rd Floor, 89 Main Street,
                                                                                                            Montpelier, VT 05602. (802) 828–6000/                  While all of the many eligible
                                                  USDA Rural Development State Office, 4405
                                                                                                            TDD (802) 223–6365.                                 purposes for Rural Business
                                                   Bland Road, Suite 260, Raleigh, NC 27609.
                                                   (919) 873–2000/TDD (919) 873–2003.                     Virgin Islands (see Florida)                          Opportunity Grants will continue to be
                                                                                                                                                                considered, the Agency is particularly
                                                  North Dakota                                            Virginia                                              interested in recruiting applications that
                                                  USDA Rural Development State Office,                    USDA Rural Development State Office, 1606             will establish ‘‘best practice’’ projects in
                                                   Federal Building, Room 208, 220 East                     Santa Rosa Road, Suite 238, Richmond, VA            the area of regional economic and
                                                   Rosser, P.O. Box 1737, Bismarck, ND                      23229–5014. (804) 287–1550/TDD (804)                community development using key
                                                   58502–1737. (701) 530–2037/TDD (701)                     287–1753.                                           strategies of the USDA as identified
                                                   530–2113.                                              Washington                                            below. To ensure that a broad range of
                                                  Ohio                                                    USDA Rural Development State Office, 1835             communities have the opportunity to
                                                                                                           Black Lake Boulevard SW., Suite B,                   benefit from the program, no grant will
                                                  USDA Rural Development State Office,
                                                                                                           Olympia, WA 98512–5715. (360) 704–                   exceed $250,000. These limits do not
                                                   Federal Building, Room 507, 200 North
                                                   High Street, Columbus, OH 43215–2418.
                                                                                                           7740/TDD (360) 704–7760.                             apply to funding for rural areas
                                                   (614) 255–2400/TDD (614) 255–2554.                     West Virginia                                         designated as FRNATs or Rural
                                                                                                                                                                Economic Area Partnerships.
                                                  Oklahoma                                                USDA Rural Development State Office, 75                  Multi-County and Multi-State
                                                                                                           High Street, Room 320, Morgantown, WV
                                                  USDA Rural Development State Office, 100                 26505–7500. (304) 284–4860/TDD (304)
                                                                                                                                                                applicants, referred to as ‘‘Great
                                                   USDA, Suite 108, Stillwater, OK 74074–                  284–4836.                                            Regions’’ applicants, can be either multi-
                                                   2654. (405) 742–1000/TDD (405) 742–1007.                                                                     jurisdictional areas within a State,
                                                                                                          Wisconsin                                             territory, or Federally recognized Tribes
                                                                                                          USDA Rural Development State Office, 4949             with land in multiple States or a
                                                  USDA Rural Development State Office, 1201                Kirschling Court, Stevens Point, WI 54481.           consortium of Federally recognized
                                                   NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 801, Portland, OR                 (715) 345–7600/TDD (715) 345–7614.                   Tribes.
                                                   97232. (503) 414–3300/TDD (503) 414–                                                                            Great Regions applications should
                                                   3387.                                                                                                        focus on the economic integration and
                                                                                                          USDA Rural Development State Office, 100
                                                  Pennsylvania                                             East B, Federal Building, Room 1005, P.O.            cohesion of their self-defined
                                                  USDA Rural Development State Office, One                 Box 11005, Casper, WY 82602–5006. (307)              geographic area. The Great Regions
                                                   Credit Union Place, Suite 330, Harrisburg,              233–6700/TDD (307) 233–6733.                         approach is intended to combine the
                                                   PA 17110–2996. (717) 237–2299/TDD (717)                                                                      resources of the Agency with those of
                                                                                                          U.S. Territories
                                                   237–2261.                                                                                                    State and local governments,
                                                                                                          Guam (see Hawaii)                                     educational institutions, and the private
                                                  Puerto Rico
                                                                                                          Western Pacific (see Hawaii)                          and nonprofit sectors to implement
                                                  USDA Rural Development State Office, IBM                                                                      regional economic and community
                                                   Building, Suite 601, 654 Munos Rivera                  SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                                                                                                                                                                development strategies. Accordingly,
                                                   Avenue, San Juan, PR 00918–6106. (787)                                                                       the Agency will alert the grantee of
                                                   766–5095/TDD (787) 766–5332.                           Overview                                              other potential assistance both within
                                                  Rhode Island (see Massachusetts)                          Federal Agency: Rural Business—                     USDA and across the Federal
                                                  South Carolina                                          Cooperative Service (RBS).                            government in support of their project
                                                                                                            Funding Opportunity Type: Rural                     including USDA’s various programs and
                                                  USDA Rural Development State Office, Strom                                                                    sources of expertise.
                                                                                                          Business Opportunity Grants (RBOG).
                                                   Thurmond Federal Building, 1835                          Announcement Type: Initial                             The Agency encourages applications
                                                   Assembly Street, Room 1007, Columbia, SC
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                                                                                                          Solicitation Announcement.                            that promote substantive economic
                                                   29201. (803) 765–5163/TDD (803) 765–
                                                                                                            Catalog of Federal Domestic                         growth, including job creation, as well
                                                                                                          Assistance Number: 10.773                             as specifically addressing the
                                                  South Dakota                                              Dates: Application Deadline: Unless                 circumstances of those sectors within
                                                  USDA Rural Development State Office,                    extended by the Agency, completed                     the region that have fewer prospects and
                                                   Federal Building, Room 210, 200 Fourth                 applications for these funds must be                  the greatest need for improved
                                                   Street, SW., Huron, SD 57350. (605) 352–               received in the respective Rural                      economic opportunity.
                                                   1100/TDD (605) 352–1147.                               Development State Office no later than                   Applications should demonstrate:

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                                                     A. Clear leadership in organizing and                consulting, and feed, seed, fertilizer and            since 1935 and telecommunications
                                                  coordinating a regional initiative;                     other inputs necessary to produce the                 since 1949. In both the Farm Bill and
                                                     B. Evidence that the applicant region                crops and livestock leading to these                  the American Recovery and
                                                  has a common economic basis that                        food products and the harvesting,                     Reinvestment Act, Congress modernized
                                                  supports the likelihood of success in                   transportation, processing, storage,                  USDA’s telecommunications mission by
                                                  implementing its strategy;                              handling, distribution, and retail                    providing Rural Utilities Service with
                                                     C. Evidence that the participants in                 networks required to give consumers                   tools to expand access to broadband in
                                                  the regional plan have the capacity to                  real access to locally or regionally                  rural areas. Availability of high-speed
                                                  assess their circumstance, determine a                  produced food products. Best practice                 Internet access has become one of the
                                                  long term sustainable vision for the                    projects should acknowledge the role of               factors Americans consider in choosing
                                                  region, and implement a comprehensive                   producers and consumers, individually                 where to live, along with the availability
                                                  strategic plan, including identifying                   or collectively, including through the                of clean water, sanitary sewer systems,
                                                  performance measures and establishing                   creation of new or expansion of existing              and the quality and availability of
                                                  a system to collect the data to allow                   cooperatives.                                         housing, schools, and other essential
                                                  assessment of those performance                            *(This definition is included for                  community facilities. Over its 75-year
                                                  measures;                                               informational purposes only and                       history, Rural Utilities Service and its
                                                     D. Evidence that the participants in                 Applicants should not be constrained by               predecessor, the Rural Electrification
                                                  the regional plan are willing to work                   it in formulating their geographic                    Administration, have improved the
                                                  collaboratively with a broad range of                   boundaries for RBOG application                       quality of life for millions of rural
                                                  institutions (e.g., Federal agencies,                   purposes.)                                            Americans and made modern commerce
                                                  State, local, and Tribal governments,                      2. Renewable energy generation and                 possible. However, it is not enough to
                                                  non-profits, universities and colleges,                 energy conservation as strategies for                 make fiber-optic cable, wireless
                                                  private firms, philanthropic                            quality job creation as well as climate               services, or even satellite capability
                                                  organizations);                                         change reduction and mitigation—As                    available to rural communities. For the
                                                     E. Evidence that the participants in                 America turned from the 19th to the                   economic promise of broadband
                                                  the regional plan will seek contributions               20th Century, rural areas provided                    technologies to be realized, they must be
                                                  or investments in the regional strategy                 much of the workforce and natural                     used. Buyers and sellers must be able to
                                                  from a board range of institutions;                     resources that powered the Industrial                 find each other quickly and easily
                                                     F. Evidence that participants in the                 Revolution. While those jobs created                  anywhere and anytime. Health care and
                                                  regional plan are willing to assure broad               prosperity in rural communities, they                 other service providers must use
                                                  citizen participation in its regional                   often came at the price of worker health              available technology to improve the
                                                  work;                                                   and the quality of water, air, and soil in            quality of the services they offer.
                                                     G. Evidence of consideration of the                  the region. As new technologies emerge                Employers must use available
                                                  demographic diversity within the                        to create power and fuels from                        technology to recruit, train, and retain a
                                                  region; and,                                            renewable sources, rural Americans                    modern workforce. As changes in whole
                                                     H. Evidence of adequate funding                      look forward to new opportunities to                  sectors of the American economy—from
                                                  support to disadvantaged communities.                   harness the sun that shines on the desert             wood products to automotive parts to
                                                     A Great Regions project should be                    Southwest, the wind that sweeps across                the poultry industry—ripple through
                                                  designed to help rural communities in                   the heartland, and to turn agricultural               supply chains in rural communities,
                                                  the region create prosperity so they are                wastes and by-products into power and                 broadband access offers hope for new
                                                  self-sustaining, repopulating and                       fuel sources for generations to come.                 markets and new economic
                                                  economically thriving. A Great Region                   But, from manufacturing photovoltaic                  opportunities, but only if it is used.
                                                  application focusing on one or more of                  films to repairing wind turbines to                      4. Access to capital in rural areas as
                                                  the following key strategies may be                     mastering biomass crop production,                    a strategy to ensure continuous business
                                                  eligible for additional discretionary                   harvesting, and storage, realizing those              development and job creation/
                                                  points in the application scoring as                    opportunities requires workforce                      retention—Like all business owners,
                                                  outlined in the selection criterion in 7                recruitment and development.                          rural entrepreneurs need access to
                                                  CFR 4284.639(f).:                                          There are similar job opportunities in             capital to start or expand their
                                                     1. Local and regional food systems                   energy conservation, from conducting                  businesses. And, like all business
                                                  that encourage agriculture and related                  energy audits for farmers and other rural             owners, rural entrepreneurs have two
                                                  industries in new wealth creation—                      business owners to jobs in the home                   basic choices when they need to raise
                                                  Section 6015 of the Food, Conservation,                 improvement business reducing home                    capital: Debt financing through a loan or
                                                  and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill)                      heating and cooling costs. As is often                equity financing through selling a stake
                                                  defines ‘‘locally or regionally produced                the case in rural areas, though, sparse               in the business to investors. But, these
                                                  agricultural food products’’ to be any                  population can make entrepreneurship                  tools have not been as readily available
                                                  agricultural food product that is raised,               difficult to support.                                 in many rural areas as they have been
                                                  produced, and distributed in:                              Best practice projects in this area will           in more metropolitan areas, even when
                                                     (I) The locality or region in which the              demonstrate rural/urban connections                   the overall economy was very strong.
                                                  final product is marketed, so that the                  and explore the interface of Federal and                 The Agency offers a variety of tools
                                                  total distance that the product is                      State level incentives with permitting                designed to make debt financing more
                                                  transported is less than 400 miles from                 and regulatory frameworks.                            available and more affordable, such as
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                                                  the origin of the product; or (II) the State               3. Access to broadband and other                   capitalizing locally-controlled revolving
                                                  in which the product is produced.                       critical infrastructure as a strategy for             loan funds through the Intermediary
                                                     Local or regional food systems are the               facilitating local entrepreneurship and               Relending Program and reducing lender
                                                  infrastructure behind locally or                        attracting people into rural areas—The                risk to make more favorable rates and
                                                  regionally produced agricultural food                   Rural Utilities Service, another of the               terms possible for business owners
                                                  products*. This includes both the land,                 agencies forming the Rural Development                through the Business & Industry Loan
                                                  buildings, equipment, professional                      mission area, has been financing                      Guarantee Program. However, the Farm
                                                  services such as veterinary care or crop                expansion of electricity into rural areas             Bill authorized only one equity

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                                                  financing program, the Rural Business                   encourage applications that leverage                     • Applicants submitting through the
                                                  Investment Program (Section 6027), and                  Federal funds.                                        Grants.gov Web site will receive an
                                                  no funding has been requested or                                                                              automatic acknowledgement of the
                                                                                                          C. Other Eligibility Requirements
                                                  appropriated. The Agency is                                                                                   submission containing a Grants.gov
                                                  particularly interested in recruiting best                The purpose of the RBOG program is                  tracking number;
                                                  practice projects that identify alternative             to facilitate sustainable economic                       • The Agency may request that an
                                                  and replicable equity sources, such as                  development opportunities for rural                   applicant provide original signatures on
                                                  community-based organizations, private                  people.                                               forms at a later date; and
                                                  foundations or networks of private                      D. Completeness Eligibility                              • Applicants can locate the
                                                  investors willing to focus on rural                                                                           downloadable application package for
                                                  economic and community development.                       Applications must be complete to be                 the RBOG program on the Grants.gov
                                                     5. Innovative utilization of natural                 considered for FY 2010 funding. The                   Web site by using the Catalog of Federal
                                                  resources as a strategy to expand                       required elements of a complete                       Domestic Assistance Number, which is
                                                  business opportunities—Creative                         application are in the RBOG program                   10.773, or by searching the FedGrants
                                                  integration of local natural resources                  regulations at 7 CFR Part 4284, Subpart               Funding Opportunity Number, which
                                                  can result in multiple avenues for new                  G. Copies of the regulations are                      can be found at http://
                                                  or enhanced economic activity that will                 available from Rural Development State                www.fedgrants.gov.
                                                  increase rural wealth. For example,                     Offices or can be obtained online from                   In accordance with the Paperwork
                                                  forest resources can be used to                         the Rural Development Web site:                       Reduction Act of 1995, the information
                                                  encourage eco-tourism resulting in                      http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/regs/                      collection requirement contained in this
                                                  increased demand for businesses to                      regs_toc.html.                                        Notice is approved by the Office of
                                                  provide supporting services or private                  IV. Fiscal Year 2010 Application and                  Management Budget (OMB) under OMB
                                                  pasture land can be used for hunting. If                Submission Information                                Control Number 0570–0024.
                                                  a region becomes known for its unique                                                                         B. Content and Form of Submission
                                                                                                          A. Address To Request Application
                                                  features, it can create additional sources
                                                                                                          Package                                                 An application must be consistent
                                                  of income by promoting itself as a
                                                  destination. Once there, visitors can                     Applicants should contact the Rural                 with the statutory requirements of the
                                                  support businesses such as art galleries,               Development State Office serving the                  RBOG program, found in 7 U.S.C.
                                                  spas, etc.                                              State, territory, or Tribal lands in which            1926(a)(11), as amended. In addition, an
                                                     The Agency is particularly interested                the project, or the majority of the                   application must contain all of the
                                                  in recruiting best practice projects that               project, would be physically located.                 required elements articulated in the
                                                  identify alternative and replicable                     Contact information for Rural                         RBOG regulations, found at 7 CFR part
                                                  innovations of natural resource projects                Development State Offices is listed                   4284, subpart G. Each selection criterion
                                                  as strategies for long term economic                    above.                                                outlined in 7 CFR 4284.639 must be
                                                  development. In addition, within the                      Applications may be submitted in                    addressed in the application. Failure to
                                                  key strategy categories, the Agency is                  paper format; however, applicants are                 address any of the criteria will result in
                                                  also interested in applications that                    encouraged to submit applications                     a zero point score for that criterion and
                                                  integrate economically and                              through the Grants.gov Web site at                    will impact the overall evaluation of the
                                                  environmentally sustainable methods of                  http://www.grants.gov. Applications                   application. Copies of pertinent
                                                  growth, in particular in transportation,                will not be accepted by electronic mail.              provisions of the regulations can be
                                                  housing, and economic development.                        The Grants.gov Web site provides all                obtained from a Rural Development
                                                                                                          necessary information about how to                    State Office listed above or can be
                                                  II. Award Information                                   submit an electronic application                      obtained electronically from the Rural
                                                     Type of Award: Grant.                                through the Web site as well as the                   Development Web site: http://
                                                     Fiscal Year Funds: FY 2010.                          hours of operation. Users of Grants.gov               www.rurdev.usda.gov/regs/
                                                     Total Funding: $7.48 million.                        will be able to download a copy of the                regs_toc.html.
                                                     Approximate Number of Awards: 30.                    full application package, complete it
                                                     Maximum Award: $250,000, except as                   offline, and then upload and submit the               C. Submission Dates and Times
                                                  otherwise specifically provided herein.                 application and all necessary assurances                 Application Deadline: Completed
                                                     Anticipated Award Date: September                    and certifications via the Grants.gov                 applications for these funds must be
                                                  15, 2010.                                               Web site. In addition:                                received by the respective Rural
                                                     Specially designated places: Tribal                    • Applicants are strongly encouraged                Development State Office no later than
                                                  lands, Rural Economic Area Partnership                  not to wait until the final day of                    4 p.m. on June 28, 2010 for grant
                                                  (REAP) Zones.                                           application acceptance to begin the                   funding. Any applications received after
                                                  III. Eligibility Information                            Grants.gov process;                                   that time will not be considered for FY
                                                                                                            • In the event of technical difficulties            2010 funding; however, the Agency
                                                  A. Eligible Applicants                                  on the final day of application                       reserves the right to extend the
                                                    Grants may be made to public bodies,                  acceptance, an applicant may choose to                application deadline.
                                                  nonprofit corporations, Indian Tribes on                submit a paper application instead;                      Application pre-review: Prospective
                                                  Federal or State reservations and other                 however, the application must be                      applicants may submit an application
                                                  Federally-recognized Tribal groups, and                 received by the respective Rural                      for an informal eligibility pre-review no
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                                                  cooperatives with members who are                       Development State Office by 4 p.m. on                 later than April 28, 2010. The pre-
                                                  primarily rural residents and that                      June 28, 2010;                                        review is intended to provide feedback
                                                  conduct activities for the mutual benefit                 • Applicants must have a Dunn and                   to the prospective applicant, but is not
                                                  of the members.                                         Bradstreet Universal Numbering System                 binding on the Agency.
                                                                                                          (DUNS) number. A DUNS number can
                                                  B. Cost Sharing or Matching                             be obtained at no cost by calling toll-free           V. Application Review Information
                                                    Matching funds are not required;                      1–866–705–5711 or online at: http://                    The National Office will score
                                                  however, regulatory selection criteria                  fedgov.dnb.com/webform;                               applications based on the grant

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                                                  selection criteria and point scores                     (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity                     Dated: March 18, 2010.
                                                  contained in 7 CFR part 4284, subpart                   provider, employer, and lender.’’                     David R. Myers,
                                                  G and will select a grantee subject to the                                                                    Designated Federal Official.
                                                                                                          Appeal Process
                                                  grantee’s satisfactory submission of any                                                                      [FR Doc. 2010–6743 Filed 3–26–10; 8:45 am]
                                                  additional items required by 7 CFR part                    All adverse determinations regarding               BILLING CODE 3410–11–M
                                                  4284, subpart G and the RBS Letter of                   applicant eligibility and the awarding of
                                                  Conditions.                                             points as part of the selection process
                                                  VI. Award Administration Information                    are appealable pursuant to 7 CFR part                 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
                                                                                                          11. Instructions on the appeal process
                                                  A. Award Notices                                        will be provide at the time an applicant              Forest Service
                                                    Successful applicants will receive                    is notified of the adverse decision.
                                                                                                                                                                Okanogan and Wenatchee National
                                                  notification for funding from the Rural                   Dated: February 18, 2010.                           Forests Resource Advisory Committee
                                                  Development State Office. Applicants                    Judith A. Canales,
                                                  must comply with all applicable statutes                Administrator, Rural Business-Cooperative             AGENCY:   Forest Service, USDA.
                                                  and regulations before the grant award                  Service.                                              ACTION:   Notice of meeting.
                                                  will be approved. Unsuccessful                          [FR Doc. 2010–6860 Filed 3–26–10; 8:45 am]
                                                  applicants will receive notification,                                                                         SUMMARY: The Wenatchee-Okanogan
                                                                                                          BILLING CODE 3410–XY–P
                                                  including mediation procedures and                                                                            Resource Advisory Committee will meet
                                                  appeal rights, by mail.                                                                                       on May 5, May 13, and May 20 at the
                                                                                                          DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE                             Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
                                                  B. Administrative and National Policy                                                                         Headquarters Office, 215 Melody Lane,
                                                  Requirements                                                                                                  Wenatchee, WA. These meetings will
                                                                                                          Forest Service
                                                    Additional requirements that apply to                                                                       begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m.
                                                  grantees selected for this program can be               Southwest Montana Resource                            On May 5, committee members will
                                                  found in the RBOG regulations,                          Advisory Committee Meeting                            review Kittitas County projects, on May
                                                  contained in 7 CFR part 4284, subpart                                                                         13, committee members will review
                                                  G. This regulation may be obtained at:                  AGENCY:    Forest Service, USDA.                      Okanogan County projects, and on May
                                                  http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/                     ACTION:   Notice of meeting.                          20, committee members will review
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                                                                                                          SUMMARY: Pursuant to the authorities in               projects proposed for Resource Advisory
                                                  VII. Agency Contacts                                                                                          Committee consideration under Title II
                                                                                                          the Federal Advisory Committee Act
                                                    For general questions about how to                    (Pub. L. 92–463) and under the Secure                 of the Secure Rural Schools and
                                                  apply or to receive an application                      Rural Schools and Community Self-                     Community Self-Determination Act of
                                                  package, please contact the Rural                       Determination Act of 2000 (Pub. L. 106–               2000.
                                                  Development State Office serving the                    393) the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National                  All Wenatchee-Okanogan Resource
                                                  State or territory where the project, or a              Forest’s Southwest Montana Resource                   Advisory Committee meetings are open
                                                  majority of the project, would be                       Advisory Committee will meet on                       to the public. Interested citizens are
                                                  located.                                                Monday April 19, 2010, from 1 p.m.                    welcome to attend.
                                                    For specific questions about multi-                   until 4 p.m., in Dillon, Montana. The                 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
                                                  jurisdictional ‘‘Great Region’’                         purpose of the meeting is to review                   Direct questions regarding this meeting
                                                  applications or information about other                 funding proposals for Title II funding.               to Robin DeMario, Public Affairs
                                                  programs or agencies in USDA, please                                                                          Specialist, Okanogan-Wenatchee
                                                                                                          DATES: Monday, April 19, 2010, from 1
                                                  call 202–720–7558.                                                                                            National Forest, 215 Melody Lane,
                                                                                                          p.m. until 4 p.m.
                                                  Nondiscrimination Statement                                                                                   Wenatchee, Washington 98801, (509)
                                                                                                          ADDRESSES:  The meeting will be held at               664–9200.
                                                     ‘‘The U.S. Department of Agriculture                 the Beaverhead-Deerlodge Forest Head                    Dated: March 23, 2010.
                                                  (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all                  quarters located at 420 Barrett Street,
                                                  its programs and activities on the basis                                                                      Clinton Kyhl,
                                                                                                          Dillon, Montana (MT 59725).
                                                  of race, color, national origin, age,                                                                         Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Forest
                                                                                                          FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:                      Supervisor.
                                                  disability, and where applicable, sex,
                                                  marital status, familial status, parental               Patty Bates, Committee Coordinator,                   [FR Doc. 2010–6869 Filed 3–26–10; 8:45 am]
                                                  status, religion, sexual orientation,                   Beaver head-Deerlodge National Forest,                BILLING CODE 3410–11–P
                                                  genetic information, political beliefs,                 420 Barrett Road, Dillon, MT 59725
                                                  reprisal, or because all or part of an                  (406) 683–3979; e-mail pbates@fs.fed.us.
                                                  individual’s income is derived from any                 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:      Agenda
                                                  public assistance program. (Not all                     for this meeting include discussion                   DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
                                                  prohibited bases apply to all programs.)                about (1) Orientation to the reauthorized             Submission for OMB Review;
                                                  Persons with disabilities who require                   legislation; (2) Purpose of the Secure                Comment Request
                                                  alternative means for communication of                  Rural Schools Act; (3) Roles and
                                                  program information (Braille, large                     responsibilities of the Southwest                       The Department of Commerce will
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                                                  print, audiotape, etc.) should contact                  Montana RAC; (3) Election of                          submit to the Office of Management and
                                                  USDA’s TARGET Center at 202–720–                        Conmiittee Chairperson; (4) Meeting                   Budget (OMB) for clearance the
                                                  6382 (TDD). To file a complaint of                      structure, processes and agendas; (5)                 following proposal for collection of
                                                  discrimination, write to USDA, Director,                Budget; and (6) Project solicitation. The             information under the provisions of the
                                                  Office of Adjudication and Compliance,                  meeting is open to the public. Time for               Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C.
                                                  1400 Independence Avenue, SW,                           public input will be provided and                     Chapter 35).
                                                  Washington, DC 20250–9410, or call                      individuals will have the opportunity to                Agency: Bureau of Industry and
                                                  800–795–3272 (voice), or 202–720–6382                   address the Committee.                                Security (BIS).

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