Solicitation of Applications for the Community Trade Adjustment Assistance Program, 1345-1354 [2010-273]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 6 / Monday, January 11, 2010 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Economic Development Administration [Docket No.: 100105005–0006–01] Solicitation of Applications for the Community Trade Adjustment Assistance Program srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Economic Development Administration (EDA), Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice and request for applications. SUMMARY: In February of 2009, Congress enacted the Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009, which in part was intended to establish a new Community Trade Adjustment Assistance (Community TAA) Program under chapter 4 of title II of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2371 et seq.) (Trade Act) to help communities respond to the loss of jobs caused by the layoffs at firms and other types of employers impacted by trade competition. This notice announces general policies and application requirements for the Community TAA Program. Grants made under the program may be used to support a wide range of technical, planning, and infrastructure projects to help communities adapt to pressing trade impact issues and diversify their economies. To be eligible to apply, a community must have been impacted by trade as evidenced by one or more ‘‘Cognizable Certifications’’ being made with respect to the community under one of the following three Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) programs: TAA for Workers, TAA for Firms, or TAA for Farmers. In addition, EDA must make an ‘‘Affirmative Determination’’ that an applicant is an ‘‘Impacted Community,’’ meaning that EDA determines the community is significantly affected by the threat to, or the loss of, jobs associated with one or more Cognizable Certifications. A community may rely on more than one Cognizable Certification to show trade impact, but must use the most recent certification to determine whether the community must submit as a Grandfathered Community or as Group A or B Standard Date Community. Please see below and sections III.B.2. and III.B.3 of the FFO announcement for a complete discussion. Applications for assistance from eligible communities will be competitively evaluated in order to maximize the impact of the program in creating and saving jobs. Applicants are advised to read carefully all information and VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:06 Jan 08, 2010 Jkt 220001 instructions contained in the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) announcement for this request for applications. To access the FFO announcement, please see the Web sites listed below under ‘‘Electronic Access.’’ DATES: The deadline for the submission of full applications for grant assistance under this notice is April 20, 2010. Please note that this competitive solicitation has two categories of applicants: ‘‘Grandfathered Communities’’ and ‘‘Standard Date Communities.’’ In addition, the ‘‘Standard Date Communities’’ category has been further broken down into Groups A and B because of timing considerations. Although there is one deadline for grant applications under the program, the Trade Act requires that Grandfathered Communities and Group A Standard Date Communities must submit certain information to preserve their eligibility under the program. This information may either be submitted as part of a full application or as a preapplication using the Application for Federal Assistance (Form SF–424). The following paragraphs provide more detailed information. Dates for Preapplication and Application Submissions: Different deadlines apply to preapplications and full applications. Grandfathered Communities With a Cognizable Certification Made on or After January 1, 2007 and Before August 1, 2009 A Grandfathered Community must submit information for EDA’s Affirmative Determination by February 1, 2010 to be eligible for funding under the Community TAA Program. Although the deadline for full applications is April 20, 2010, EDA strongly encourages Grandfathered Communities to submit their full application for grant assistance by the February 1, 2010 deadline for submission of their information for an Affirmative Determination. Submission of the full application by this date will allow EDA to make the Affirmative Determination in connection with the decision on whether EDA will fund the application. However, Grandfathered Communities that are not prepared to submit a full application by the February 1, 2010 deadline for the Affirmative Determination must submit a preapplication, using Form SF–424, by February 1, 2010. Applicants choosing to submit a preapplication still must submit a full application for grant assistance by the April 20, 2010 deadline to be considered for funding under the program. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1345 Group A Standard Date Communities With Cognizable Certifications Made on or After August 1, 2009 Through October 21, 2009 Group A Standard Date Communities must submit information for EDA’s Affirmative Determination within 180 days of the date of the community’s most recent Cognizable Certification. EDA strongly encourages Group A Standard Date Communities to submit a full application for grant assistance that incorporates information necessary for EDA to make an Affirmative Determination within the statutory 180day window. Submission of a full application within the 180-day window will allow EDA to make an Affirmative Determination in connection with the decision on whether EDA will fund the application. However, Group A Standard Date Communities that are not prepared to submit a full application within the 180-day window for an Affirmative Determination may submit a preapplication using Form SF–424, which also must include information for the Affirmative Determination, within 180 days of the date of its most recent Cognizable Certification. Applicants choosing to submit a preapplication still must submit a full application for grant assistance by the April 20, 2010 competition deadline to be considered for funding under the program. Group B Standard Date Communities With a Cognizable Certification Made on or After October 22, 2009 Group B Standard Date Communities must submit a full application that incorporates necessary information for EDA to make an Affirmative Determination by the April 20, 2010 deadline to be considered for funding under the program. Group B Standard Date Communities do not need to submit a preapplication to preserve their eligibility because the April 20, 2010 grant application deadline occurs within their 180-day window for an Affirmative Determination. Preapplications and full applications must be either: (a) Transmitted and time stamped at http://www.grants.gov no later than 5 p.m. (local time in the EDA regional office to which an applicant will be submitting) on the last day of the applicable preapplication or application deadline; or (b) received by the applicable EDA regional office listed below under ‘‘Addresses and Telephone Numbers for EDA’s Regional Offices’’ and in section VIII. of the FFO announcement no later than 5 p.m. (local time in the EDA regional office to which an applicant will be submitting) E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 1346 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 6 / Monday, January 11, 2010 / Notices on the last day of the applicable preapplication or application deadline. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Application Packages. An applicant may obtain the appropriate preapplication or full application package electronically at http:// www.grants.gov. All components of the appropriate package may be accessed and downloaded (in a screen-fillable format) at http://www.grants.gov/ applicants/apply_for_grants.jsp. Alternatively, applicants eligible for assistance under this notice may request paper (hardcopy) preapplication or full application packages by contacting the applicable EDA regional office servicing your geographic area listed below under ‘‘Addresses and Telephone Numbers for EDA’s Regional Offices’’ and in section VIII. of the FFO announcement. Application Submission Formats: Preapplications and full applications may be submitted either (i) electronically in accordance with the procedures provided at http:// www.grants.gov; or (ii) in paper format to the applicable regional office address provided below. The content of submissions is the same for paper submissions as it is for electronic submissions. EDA will not accept facsimile transmissions of preapplications or full applications. Note that EDA has regional offices in Atlanta and Philadelphia (Eastern Time); Austin and Chicago (Central Time); Denver (Mountain Time); and Seattle (Pacific Time). The regional offices and the States they serve are listed below under ‘‘Addresses and Telephone Numbers for EDA’s Regional Offices’’ and in section VIII. of the FFO announcement. Preapplications or applications received after the applicable deadline will be considered non-responsive and will not be considered for an Affirmative Determination or for funding, respectively. Electronic Submissions: Applicants are encouraged to submit preapplications and full applications electronically in accordance with the instructions provided at http:// www.grants.gov. The preferred file format for electronic attachments is portable document format (PDF); however, EDA will accept electronic files in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or Microsoft Excel formats. Validation or rejection of your preapplication or application by http://www.grants.gov may take additional days after your submission. Therefore, please consider the http://www.grants.gov validation/ rejection process in developing your application submission timeline. See VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:06 Jan 08, 2010 Jkt 220001 section IV.G.1. of the FFO announcement for more information. Applicants should access the following link for assistance in navigating http://www.grants.gov and for a list of useful resources: http:// www.grants.gov/applicants/ applicant_help.jsp. If you do not find an answer to your question under Frequently Asked Questions, try consulting the Applicant’s User Guide. If you still cannot find an answer to your question, contact http:// www.grants.gov via e-mail at support@grants.gov or telephone at 1–800–518–4726. The hours of operation for http://www.grants.gov are Monday–Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Eastern Time) (except for Federal holidays). Paper Submissions: An eligible applicant under this notice may submit a completed paper preapplication or full application to the applicable EDA regional office listed below. The applicant must submit one original and two copies of the appropriate completed package via postal mail, shipped overnight, or hand-delivered to the applicable regional office, unless otherwise directed by EDA staff. Department of Commerce mail security measures may delay receipt of United States Postal Service mail for up to two weeks. Therefore, applicants who submit paper submissions are advised to use guaranteed overnight delivery services. Addresses and Telephone Numbers for EDA’s Regional Offices: Applicants in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, may submit paper submissions to: Economic Development Administration, Atlanta Regional Office, 401 West Peachtree Street, NW., Suite 1820, Atlanta, Georgia 30308. Telephone: (404) 730– 3002, Fax: (404) 730–3025. Applicants in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, may submit paper submissions to: Economic Development Administration, Austin Regional Office, 504 Lavaca, Suite 1100, Austin, Texas 78701–2858. Telephone: (512) 381–8144, Fax: (512) 381–8177. Applicants in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and Muscatine and Scott counties, Iowa, may submit paper submissions to: Economic Development Administration, Chicago Regional Office, 111 North Canal Street, Suite 855, Chicago, Illinois 60606. Telephone: (312) 353–7706, Fax: (312) 353–8575. Applicants in Colorado, Iowa (excluding Muscatine and Scott counties), Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Utah and Wyoming, may submit paper submissions to: Economic Development Administration, Denver Regional Office, 410 17th Street, Suite 250, Denver, Colorado 80202. Telephone: (303) 844– 4714, Fax: (303) 844–3968. Applicants in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia and West Virginia, may submit paper submissions to: Economic Development Administration, Philadelphia Regional Office, Curtis Center, 601 Walnut Street, Suite 140 South, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106. Telephone: (215) 597–4603, Fax: (215) 597–1063. Applicants in Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nevada, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Republic of Palau and Washington, may submit paper submissions to: Economic Development Administration, Seattle Regional Office, Jackson Federal Building, Room 1890, 915 Second Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98174. Telephone: (206) 220–7660, Fax: (206) 220–7669. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information or for a paper copy of the FFO announcement, contact the appropriate EDA regional office listed above. EDA’s Internet Web site at http://www.eda.gov also contains additional information on EDA and its programs. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Program Information: EDA’s mission is to lead the Federal economic development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. The Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009, which was included as subtitle I within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111– 5, 123 Stat. 115, at 367), made certain changes to the Trade Act of 1974 as amended (19 U.S.C. 2341 et seq.) (Trade Act), including establishing the Community TAA Program under chapter 4 of title II of the Trade Act. The Community TAA Program is one of several economic development programs that EDA administers and is designed to provide communities with comprehensive and flexible solutions to a wide variety of trade impacts. There currently are a number of TAA programs authorized under the Trade Act that target assistance to specific groups within and members of a community; for example workers and E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 6 / Monday, January 11, 2010 / Notices firms. However, the negative impacts of trade are not just felt by discrete groups; they reverberate throughout an entire community. The closure or downsizing of a key industry, company, or plant creates severe economic challenges for an entire community impacted by trade. The Community TAA Program supplements and builds upon the other TAA programs by providing comprehensive assistance to address these challenges. The overall goal of the Community TAA Program is to help communities respond holistically and proactively to trade impacts and become more competitive in the global economy. The Community TAA program will help eligible communities devise long-term Strategic Plans and carry out implementation activities to address economic development challenges in regions affected by trade impacts. EDA publishes this notice to announce the competitive solicitation for the Community TAA Program. EDA will evaluate and select applications according to the investment policy guidelines and funding priorities set forth below under ‘‘Funding Priorities’’ and in section V.A. of the FFO announcement. Unless otherwise provided in this notice or in the FFO announcement, applicant eligibility, program objectives and priorities, application procedures, evaluation criteria, selection procedures, and other requirements for the Community TAA are set forth in EDA’s regulations (codified at 13 CFR part 313) and applicants must address these requirements. EDA’s regulations and the Trade Act are available at http:// www.eda.gov/InvestmentsGrants/ Lawsreg.xml. Electronic Access: The FFO announcement for the Community TAA Program competition is available at http://www.grants.gov and at http:// www.eda.gov. EDA has created a Community TAA Web page with additional information on the program at http://www.eda.gov/CommunityTAA. Funding Availability: Under the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111–32, 123 Stat. 1859, at 1860 (2009)), funding in the amount of $40,000,000 was appropriated for both the Community TAA and TAA for Firms Programs authorized under the Trade Act, as amended by the Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 (TGAAA). Under this notice, $36,768,000 is available for the Community TAA Program and shall remain available until September 30, 2010. In accordance with section 275 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2371d(c)), an Impacted Community may not receive VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:06 Jan 08, 2010 Jkt 220001 more than $5,000,000 to implement a Strategic Plan developed under section 276 of the Trade Act. See also 13 CFR 313.2 for the definition of Strategic Plan. Also, in accordance with section 276(c)(2) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2371e(c)(2)), no more than $25,000,000 of the total amount appropriated for the Community TAA Program may be made available for grants to develop Strategic Plans. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers: 11.010, Community Trade Adjustment Assistance. Affirmative Determinations: EDA must make an Affirmative Determination that a community is an Impacted Community before the community may receive grant assistance under this program. Section 273(a) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2371b) describes the requirements for the Affirmative Determination. There are two categories of applicants under this competitive solicitation: Grandfathered Communities and Standard Date Communities. Also, please note that because of timing considerations EDA has divided the Standard Date Communities category into two groups: Group A and Group B. Different deadlines for submitting preapplications or full applications apply to each category or group of applicant. Please read the below information and section III.B. of the FFO announcement carefully to ensure that your community submits a preapplication or full application on time or can rely on one of the lists that EDA has created to ease the Affirmative Determination burden. EDA Lists To Assist Communities With Affirmative Determination Requirements EDA has analyzed TAA certification data and created two lists to assist communities in identifying their eligibility for the Community TAA Program: The TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County List and the TAA for Firms Certifications List. A community that is not on either list still may request an Affirmative Determination by submitting a preapplication or full application that includes the information necessary to establish the requisite trade impact in accordance with section III.B.4. of the FFO announcement. Please note that different deadlines apply to both Grandfathered and Standard Date Communities, which are noted under ‘‘Dates for Submission of Information for Affirmative Determinations’’ below and section III.B.2. of the FFO announcement. If a preapplication or full application is submitted after the PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1347 relevant deadlines, it will not be considered. 1. TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County List To assist communities in demonstrating trade impact significance, EDA has analyzed job-loss data in connection with the TAA for Workers Program. In order to assess the relative impact associated with the loss of jobs due to the trade impact leading to TAA for Workers Program Cognizable Certifications, EDA ranked counties with TAA for Workers certifications since January 1, 2007 based on the number of workers receiving assistance under the TAA for Workers Program. See the EDA Web site at http:// www.eda.doc.gov/CommunityTAA for further information. Based on that analysis, EDA has determined that certain counties have experienced a significant impact attributable to job losses associated with the certifications under the TAA for Workers Program. EDA has posted the results of this analysis in a list titled ‘‘TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County List’’ at http://www.eda.doc.gov/ CommunityTAA. Since EDA has conducted a significance analysis on the front end, a county on the list will be deemed to have suffered a significant impact due to trade and to be an Impacted Community. Such counties may proceed to apply for an implementation grant by April 20, 2010 in accordance with sections III.C. and IV. of the FFO announcement. 2. TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County List—Importance for Communities That Are Not Counties Please note that EDA’s TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County List only addresses trade impact significance at the county level. For a sub-county community (for example a city or township) that is not on this list, but is located within a county on the list, EDA still must make an Affirmative Determination that the sub-county community itself is an Impacted Community that has been significantly affected by the threat to, or the loss of, jobs associated with one ore more Cognizable Certifications. Even though sub-county communities are not included on the TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County List, the list may help a city or township, for example, identify potential eligibility for grant assistance under the Community TAA Program. For example, assume City A is located in County B, which county is located on the TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County List. Even though City A is not E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 1348 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 6 / Monday, January 11, 2010 / Notices automatically deemed to be an Impacted Community, being in a county that is on the list alerts City A that it might have a significant trade impact. City A should search the Department of Labor’s ‘‘TAA Petition Determination’’ Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/taa/ taa_search_form.cfm to determine whether a TAA for Workers certification has been made in the community since January 1, 2007 and to assess the impact of any certifications in accordance with section III.B.4. of the FFO announcement, which contains detailed information on how to use TAA for Workers certifications for an Affirmative Determination. A sub-county community located in a county on EDA’s TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County List also should note that the list includes all TAA for Workers certifications made since January 1, 2007 until the date noted on the list, which means that the list does not reflect timing concerns for Affirmative Determination purposes. When a community that wishes to apply searches the Department of Labor’s ‘‘TAA Petition Determination’’ Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/taa/ taa_search_form.cfm, the community must be careful to note the Decision Date of the most recent TAA for Workers certification to ensure that their submission reaches EDA by the deadlines noted under paragraphs 2 and 3 of section III.B. of the FFO announcement. Using the example above, City A must determine the Decision Date of its most recent TAA for Workers certification in order to submit information for EDA’s Affirmative Determination in a timely manner. Please note that the TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County List is not a listing of all communities that have had a TAA for Workers certification since January 1, 2007. The list is a significance analysis of those certifications, and therefore, a county or community that has had a TAA for Workers certification may find that it or the county in which it is located is not on the list. Such a community that has had a TAA for Workers certification and finds that the certification has had a significant impact on the community still may submit information for EDA’s Affirmative Determination in accordance with section III.B.4. of the FFO announcement. A note on searching the Department of Labor Web site: The Department of Labor’s underlying data was organized by city, but because of the volume of data and to ensure ease of use, EDA aggregated the Department of Labor’s list to the county level in creating EDA’s TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:06 Jan 08, 2010 Jkt 220001 County List. Therefore, each sub-county community that is not on this list, but is located within one of the counties on the list and wishes to apply must search the Department of Labor’s petition determination Web site by city and State. In addition, the community should insert a determination date range of January 1, 2007 through the present date (the date of the search) since certifications before January 1, 2007 do not establish eligibility. A community should take care to select the search option on the Web site for ‘‘Certifications’’ so that only approved TAA for Workers certifications appear. EDA will post updates to the TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County List on approximately the 20th day of each month through April 2010. As noted above, counties not on the list or other communities that are located outside counties on the list may seek an Affirmative Determination of trade impact by submitting the information necessary to establish that impact as described in section III.B.4. of the FFO announcement. Also as noted above, EDA’s TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County List includes all TAA for Workers certifications since January 1, 2007. Therefore, the list does not reflect timing concerns, and a community must search the Department of Labor’s ‘‘TAA Petition Determination’’ Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/ tradeact/taa/taa_search_form.cfm to determine the date of the community’s most recent Cognizable Certification and whether the community should apply as a Grandfathered Community or a Group A or B Standard Date Community. 3. TAA for Firms Certifications List EDA also has posted a list organized by city and State of TAA for Firms certifications since January 1, 2007 at http://www.eda.doc.gov/ CommunityTAA. Because of data limitations, the TAA for Firms Certifications List does not indicate significance of trade impact and a community that has had a TAA for Firms certification still must petition for EDA’s Affirmative Determination in accordance with the deadlines set out below under sections III.B.2. and III.B.3. of the FFO announcement. EDA will post updates to the TAA for Firms Certifications List on approximately the 20th day of each month through April 2010. You may contact EDA’s TAA for Firms staff at taac@eda.doc.gov. 4. TAA for Farmers As of the date of publication of this notice, there had been no certifications under the TAA for Farmers Program for the relevant time period from January 1, PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2007 through the publication date of this notice. As certifications are made under the TAA for Farmers Program, the Department of Agriculture will publish notice of them in the Federal Register. More updates are available on the program Web site at http:// www.fas.usda.gov/ITP/TAA/taa.asp. Dates for Submission of Information for Affirmative Determinations As noted above, a community that is not on EDA’s TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County List must seek an Affirmative Determination to be deemed Impacted Community. The below information details the deadlines that apply to the two categories of applicants under this competitive solicitation: Grandfathered Communities and Standard Date Communities. Also, please note that because of timing considerations EDA has divided the Standard Date Communities category into two groups: Group A and Group B. A community may rely on more than one Cognizable Certification to show trade impact, but must use the most recent certification to determine whether the community must submit as a Grandfathered Community or as Group A or B Standard Date Community. 1. Grandfathered Communities A Grandfathered Community is a community that had one or more Cognizable Certifications made with respect to it on or after January 1, 2007 and before August 1, 2009. See section 273(a)(2) of the Trade Act and 13 CFR 313.2. In accordance with section 273(c) of the Trade Act, a Grandfathered Community must submit information for EDA’s Affirmative Determination by February 1, 2010. A Grandfathered Community that does not submit a preapplication or full application in a timely manner is not eligible for grant assistance under the Community TAA Program. Because of limited program resources, EDA encourages a Grandfathered Community to incorporate its information for EDA’s Affirmative Determination along with its full application for grant assistance on the Application for Federal Assistance (Form SF–424) (checking the box for ‘‘Application’’ in item 1 of the form), and to submit this package by the February 1, 2010 deadline. In this case, an attachment to item 15 of the Form SF–424 must contain all information for EDA to make an Affirmative Determination in accordance with 13 CFR 313.4. See section III.B.4. of the FFO announcement for more information on the required E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 6 / Monday, January 11, 2010 / Notices srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES attachment(s) and section III.C. for more information on full application packages. If a Grandfathered Community is not prepared to submit a full application by February 1, 2010, the Grandfathered Community may preserve its eligibility by submitting a preapplication by February 1, 2010 to request an Affirmative Determination using Form SF–424 and checking ‘‘Preapplication’’ in item 1 of the form. The preapplication must describe the threat to, or the loss of, jobs associated with the applicable grandfathered Cognizable Certification(s) and include the information set out in section III.B.4. of the FFO announcement to allow EDA to make an Affirmative Determination. If a Grandfathered Community does not have complete information about the trade impact at the time it submits a preapplication by February 1, 2010, it may supplement the information provided with its preapplication with additional data when it submits its complete application. However, the Grandfathered Community should be aware that it must submit all information necessary for EDA’s Affirmative Determination and a full grant application by the competition deadline of April 20, 2010 to be considered for grant funding under the program. 2. Standard Date Communities A Standard Date Community is a community with its most recent Cognizable Certification made on or after August 1, 2009. Because EDA is holding a single competition for the Community TAA Program with a deadline date of April 20, 2010 and section 273 of the Trade Act requires EDA to make an Affirmative Determination of the significance of trade impact based on information submitted not later than 180 days of a community’s most recent Cognizable Certification, EDA has divided Standard Date Communities into two groups: Group A and Group B. Group A consists of Standard Date Communities that have their most recent Cognizable Certification made on or after August 1, 2009 through October 21, 2009 and Group B consists of Standard Date Communities that have their most recent Cognizable Certification made on or after October 22, 2009. Both Group A and Group B communities must submit information for EDA’s Affirmative Determination within 180 days of the date of their most recent Cognizable Certification. A Group A community, however, must check the date of its most recent Cognizable Certification, and submit information VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:06 Jan 08, 2010 Jkt 220001 for an Affirmative Determination within 180 days of that certification or else it will not be eligible for grant assistance. A Group B Standard Date Community simply must submit its full application by April 20, 2010 because its most recent Cognizable Certification was made on or after October 22, 2009, and the application filing deadline is within the 180-day window for submission of information for an Affirmative Determination. Accordingly, the full application must contain all information for EDA’s Affirmative Determination by the competition deadline of April 20, 2010. Please see the paragraphs below for more detailed information. a. Group A: Standard Date Communities With Cognizable Certifications Made on or After August 1, 2009 Through October 21, 2009 If a Standard Date Community in Group A has its most recent Cognizable Certification made on or after August 1, 2009 through October 21, 2009, it must submit information for EDA’s Affirmative Determination within 180 days of the date of that certification. A Group A community that does not submit the information in a timely manner is not eligible for grant assistance under the Community TAA Program. Because of limited program resources, EDA encourages such a community to submit the information for EDA’s Affirmative Determination along with its full application for grant assistance in a full application (Form SF–424, checking the box for ‘‘Application’’ in item 1 of the form). In this case, the attachment to item 15 of the Form SF–424 in the application must contain all information for EDA to make an Affirmative Determination in accordance with 13 CFR 313.4. See section III.B.4. of the FFO announcement for more information on the required attachment(s) and section III.C. for more information on full application packages. If a Group A community is not prepared to submit a full application within 180 days of the applicable Cognizable Certification, the community may preserve its eligibility by submitting a preapplication requesting an Affirmative Determination using Form SF–424 and checking the box for ‘‘Preapplication’’ in item 1 of the form. The preapplication must describe the threat to, or the loss of, jobs associated with the community’s applicable Cognizable Certification(s) and include the information set out in section III.B.4. of the FFO announcement to allow EDA to make an Affirmative Determination. If a Group A community does not have complete information about the trade PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1349 impact at the time it submits a preapplication within 180 days of the relevant Cognizable Certification, it may supplement the information provided with its preapplication with additional data when it submits its full application. However, the Group A Standard Date Community should be aware that it must submit all information necessary for EDA’s Affirmative Determination and a full grant application by the competition deadline of April 20, 2010 to be considered for grant funding under the program. Note that a Standard Date Community in Group A must attend carefully to the date of its most recent Cognizable Certification because the statute requires a community to submit its information for an Affirmative Determination within 180 days of that date. Because the April 20, 2010 deadline for this competitive solicitation exceeds the 180-day time period for those communities, a Group A Standard Date Community must protect its ability to be considered under the competition by submitting a preapplication or full application before the expiration of the 180-day window. A Group B Standard Date Community with a certification made on or after October 22, 2009 does not face this complication as the April 20, 2010 deadline for the competitive solicitation is in advance of the closing of the 180day window applicable to its most recent Cognizable Certification. b. Group B: Standard Date Communities With Certifications Made on or After October 22, 2009 If a Standard Date Community in Group B has its most recent Cognizable Certification made after October 22, 2009, it must submit a full application by April 20, 2010. Because the compressed timeframe during which funds are available requires expeditious delivery of program resources and reduced applicant burden, EDA will make its decision regarding an Affirmative Determination based on the full application for Community TAA grant assistance for Standard Date Communities in Group B. Accordingly, the full application must contain all information for EDA to make an Affirmative Determination in accordance with 13 CFR 313.4. A community must submit a Form SF–424 and check the box for ‘‘Application’’ in item 1 of the form and proceed to complete and submit an appropriate application for the community’s proposed project in accordance with section IV. of the FFO announcement by April 20, 2010. A community that does not timely submit its application will not be considered for funding. E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 1350 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 6 / Monday, January 11, 2010 / Notices 3. Significance Threshold Note that in light of the limited funding available, EDA is not likely to find job losses associated with the applicable Cognizable Certifications to be ‘‘significant’’ unless the community demonstrates that at least 8.25 workers per 1,000 workers in the community’s most recently reported Civilian Labor Force (CLF) have been impacted by TAA Cognizable Certifications or provides other evidence of equally severe economic distress such as the imminent threat of significant job loss associated with trade. For example, if the applicant’s total CLF is 50,000, EDA would deem the trade impact to be ‘‘significant’’ if there was a job loss of at least 413 workers in the community’s CLF (413/50,000 = 0.00825 × 1,000 = 8.25) associated with the community’s Cognizable Certification(s). Please see section III.B.4. of the FFO announcement for detailed information on how to collect information on and perform the significance calculation. srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES Affirmative Determination Substance Requirements EDA will use Form SF–424 for both preapplications and full applications. Communities are strongly encouraged to incorporate information for EDA’s Affirmative Determination into their Form SF–424 as part of a full application package. If, however, Grandfathered or Group A Standard Date Communities are not prepared to submit a full application by their Affirmative Determination deadline, then may submit a preapplication for an Affirmative Determination using Form SF–424 by the applicable Affirmative Determination deadline. If a Grandfathered or Group A Standard Date Community elects to submit a preapplication for EDA’s Affirmative Determination, the applicant community must check the box for ‘‘Preapplication’’ in item 1 of the form and complete all numbered items on Form SF–424 except for items 17, 18, and 19. If, however, the applicant is submitting Form SF–424 as part of a full application for grant assistance, the applicant community must complete all numbered items on Form SF–424. Note that for a Grandfathered or Group A Standard Date Community that elects to submit a preapplication using Form SF– 424, the community must submit a second Form SF–424 as part of its full grant application, and all items on the Form SF–424 must be completed. For both preapplications and full applications, a community must submit the necessary information using Form SF–424 to allow EDA to determine that VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:06 Jan 08, 2010 Jkt 220001 the applicant community is ‘‘significantly affected’’ by the threat to, or loss of, jobs associated with one or more Cognizable Certification(s). Item 15 of Form SF–424 allows for attachments. If a Grandfathered or Group A Standard Date Community elects to submit a preapplication, the community should provide all of the following information and attach it at Item 15 (provided however, that if complete information is not available at the time of submission of the preapplication, the community must include the information at the time of filing its full application). If the community is submitting a complete application, the community must submit all of the following and the applicant’s Project Narrative and other information for a complete full application package. Please see section IV. of the FFO announcement for details on a full application. • Identify the applicable Cognizable Certification(s) upon which the community bases its Impacted Community status for timing purposes. Please note that the community must use its most recent Cognizable Certification to determine whether it must submit as a Grandfathered Community or Group A or Group B Standard Date Community and must clearly identify that certification. For example, if City A has two TAA for Workers certifications and one TAA for Firms certification and is applying as a Group B Standard Date Community, it must use the most recent Cognizable Certification, regardless of the program, to be classified as a Group B Standard Date Community, and identify the certification and the certification’s date. Note that the community must identify and discuss all Cognizable Certifications upon which it relies for eligibility as a trade-impacted community in its narrative, as described below. Æ For TAA for Workers Cognizable Certifications, the applicant community must provide the TAA petition number associated with the Department of Labor’s certification decision. TAA for Workers petition determinations may be accessed and searched electronically at http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/taa/ taa_search_form.cfm. Æ For TAA for Firms Certifications, the applicant community must provide the name of the firm certified under the program in the official notification letter provided by the Department of Commerce to the certified firm. A list of firms certified since January 1, 2007 has been posted on EDA’s Web site at http:// www.eda.gov/CommunityTAA. EDA will post updates to the TAA for Firms Certifications List on approximately the PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 20th day of each month through April 2010. Æ For TAA for Farmers certifications, the applicant community must provide the name and region (region, State, or multi-State area) of the certified agricultural commodity and the record identifier provided by the Department of Agriculture. Note that as of the date of publication of this notice, no certifications had been made under the TAA for Farmers Program. Visit the TAA for Farmers Web site at http:// www.fas.usda.gov/ITP/TAA/taa.asp for updates on the status of the program. In addition, the Department of Agriculture will publish all certifications made under the program in the Federal Register. • Percentage of the CLF affected by TAA for Workers, TAA for Firms, and/ or TAA for Farmers certifications. To perform this calculation, a community needs to know two things: (1) How many workers were affected by a TAA Cognizable Certification; and (2) the community’s most recently reported CLF. Please see section III.B.4. of the FFO announcement for detailed instructions on how to access the information for and perform this calculation. • The source of the CLF data the community used to complete the significance calculation. • A narrative describing the threat to, or the loss of, jobs associated with the applicable Cognizable Certification(s). If a community is applying based on the threat to jobs associated with a Cognizable Certification, it must include solid evidence of that threat, such as a notice issued under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act (19 U.S.C. 2101 et seq.) or similar official statements that relate to the applicable Cognizable Certification. Unsupported company announcements, even if publicly announced, are not likely to be deemed sufficient. A community’s narrative should help EDA assess the merits of the application based on the severity of trade impacts affecting the community and evaluation criteria set out in section V.A. of the FFO announcement. The information attached at item 15 of Form SF–424 and required for EDA’s Affirmative Determination may not exceed five pages in length, doublespaced text, with approximately 200 to 300 words per page. The five-page limit is an upper limit only; and applicants should be concise as possible. Once EDA has made an Affirmative Determination, EDA will consider the community to be an Impacted Community significantly impacted by trade. Because of the compressed time E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 6 / Monday, January 11, 2010 / Notices srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES schedule, Grandfathered and Group A Standard Date Communities that elect to submit a preapplication for an Affirmative Determination will then need to proceed and complete a full application for funding by April 20, 2010 to be considered for a grant. EDA will make a determination of the significance of the trade impact at the same time it decides whether to accept or decline the application for funding. For applicants that are submitting a full application, please see section IV.C. of the FFO announcement for information on the Project Narrative, which must include information for EDA’s Affirmative Determination. Strategic Plan and Implementation Grant Assistance: Provided that EDA has made an Affirmative Determination that a community is an Impacted Community in connection with: (i) The TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County List; (ii) a Grandfathered or Group A Standard Date Community’s preapplication, or (iii) as part of the review of a community’s full application, EDA will consider the Impacted Community’s application for grant assistance to develop or carry out a Strategic Plan. 1. Grants To Develop Strategic Plans Grants to develop a Strategic Plan are designed to help the Impacted Community achieve economic adjustment to trade impacts. See 13 CFR 313.6, which sets out the requirements for Strategic Plans, including requirements to ensure the involvement of private and public entities in the process and technical requirements designed to ensure that the plan analyzes current challenges and opportunities facing the Impacted Community. EDA strongly encourages applicants to link and leverage existing planning efforts. A Strategic Plan should update and incorporate relevant provisions of existing plans that affect an Impacted Community’s economic development efforts, such as an applicable Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) developed under EDA’s regulations at 13 CFR 303.7 and strategies developed in concert with the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other Federal, State, and local agencies. 2. Grants To Implement Projects or Programs in Strategic Plans In order to award an application to implement a Strategic Plan, EDA must determine that the plan meets the requirements of section 276 of the Trade Act and EDA’s implementing regulation VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:06 Jan 08, 2010 Jkt 220001 at 13 CFR 313.6. EDA will review information submitted with the application to ensure that the proposed funding will support activities that respond to the economic dislocation attributable to the job losses that led to the Cognizable Certification(s) and to ensure that the activities are otherwise consistent with an acceptable Strategic Plan. The Impacted Community must submit its Strategic Plan for EDA’s review and approval as part of its application. Note that if the community is relying on a CEDS as its Strategic Plan, it need not be re-submitted if EDA already has the current version. Implementation grants may be provided for construction or nonconstruction projects. Such assistance may include: (1) Infrastructure improvements, such as site acquisition, site preparation, construction, rehabilitation, and equipping of facilities; (2) market or industry research and analysis; (3) technical assistance, including organizational development such as business networking, restructuring or improving the delivery of business services, or feasibility studies; (4) public services; (5) training; and (6) other activities justified by the Strategic Plan that satisfy applicable statutory and regulatory requirements. See 13 CFR 313.7. See section IV. of the FFO announcement for information on submitting application packages. EDA will not award grant assistance to establish revolving loan funds under the Community TAA Program. Applicant Eligibility: Under section 271 of the Trade Act, a ‘‘community’’ is eligible to apply to participate in the Community TAA Program. The Trade Act defines community as ‘‘a city, county, or other political subdivision of a State or a consortium of political subdivisions of a State.’’ District Organizations formed and operating in accordance with 13 CFR 304.2 that coordinate and implement the economic development activities of EDA’s designated Economic Development Districts (EDDs) also are eligible to apply under this notice. EDA will review the eligibility of an applicant under this notice at the time the application for assistance is received in the regional office. See section 271 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2371) and 13 CFR 313.2. In accordance with section 273 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2371b), to receive assistance under the Community TAA Program, a community must have one or more of the Cognizable Certifications described below made with respect to it: 1. Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Program. A certification by the Secretary of Labor that a group of PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1351 workers in the community is eligible to apply for assistance under section 223 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2273). 2. Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Program. A certification by the Secretary of Commerce that a firm located in the community is eligible to apply for adjustment assistance under section 251 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2341). 3. Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers Program. A certification by the Secretary of Agriculture that a group of agricultural commodity producers in the community is eligible to apply for adjustment assistance under section 293 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2401b). In order for a community to be eligible to apply for grant assistance under this funding opportunity, EDA must make an Affirmative Determination that the community is ‘‘significantly affected by the threat to, or the loss of, jobs associated with any such certification.’’ Please note that communities may rely on more than one Cognizable Certification to show trade impact for EDA’s Affirmative Determination as set out in section III.B.4. of the FFO announcement, but must use the most recent certification to determine whether the community must submit as a Grandfathered Community or as Group A or B Standard Date Community. Once EDA has made such a determination, the community will be referred to as an Impacted Community. See section 273 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2371b) and 13 CFR 313.4. See sections III.B. and III.C. of the FFO announcement for more information on program process and timing considerations. For-profit, private-sector entities are not eligible to apply for investment assistance under this notice. Cost Sharing Requirement: For Strategic Plan grants, section 276(c)(1) the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2371e, 13 CFR 313.6(d)) provides that the Federal share of eligible costs may not exceed 75 percent. For implementation grants, section 275(d) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2371d, 13 CFR 313.7(d)) provides that the Federal share of eligible costs may not exceed 95 percent. While cash contributions are preferred, in-kind contributions, consisting of contributions of space, equipment, or services, may provide the required non-Federal share of the total project cost. See 15 CFR 24.24. EDA will fairly evaluate all in-kind contributions, which must be eligible project costs and meet applicable Federal cost principles and uniform administrative requirements. Funds from other Federal financial assistance awards are E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 1352 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 6 / Monday, January 11, 2010 / Notices considered matching share funds only if authorized by statute, which may be determined by EDA’s reasonable interpretation of the statute. See 13 CFR 300.3. The applicant must show that the matching share is committed to the project for the project period, is and will be available as needed, and is not conditioned or encumbered in any way that precludes its use consistent with the requirements of EDA investment assistance. See 13 CFR 301.5. Application Submission Requirements: The applicant is advised to read carefully the instructions contained in the FFO announcement for this request for applications and in all forms contained in the appropriate application package. Sections III. and IV. of the FFO announcement contain important information on application requirements and timing considerations for submitting an application. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the appropriate preapplication or application package is complete and received by EDA. Strategic Plan Grant Assistance: To apply for grant assistance to develop a Strategic Plan under section 276 of the Trade Act to help the Impacted Community adjust to trade impacts, the applicant must be determined to be an Impacted Community, and must complete and submit the following: • Form ED–900 (Application for Investment Assistance). • Form SF–424 (Application for Federal Assistance) (Note that if the applicant is submitting a full application for a Strategic Plan grant that contains information for EDA’s Affirmative Determination, it must submit only one Form-SF–424. If, however, the applicant already has submitted a Form SF–424 in connection with a preapplication, it must submit a second Form SF–424 in connection with its full application. See section IV.C.2. of the FFO announcement. • Form SF–424A (Budget Information—Non-Construction Programs). • Form SF–424B (Assurances—NonConstruction Programs). • Form CD–511 (Certification Regarding Lobbying). The applicant also may be required to provide certain lobbying information using Form SF–LLL (Disclosure of Lobbying Activities). Form ED–900 provides detailed guidance to help the applicant assess whether Form SF–LLL is required and how to access the form. Implementation Grant Assistance: To apply for an implementation grant with construction components, an applicant must be designated as an Impacted Community, have an EDA-approved VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:06 Jan 08, 2010 Jkt 220001 Strategic Plan, and must complete and submit the following: • Form ED–900 (Application for Investment Assistance). • Form SF–424 (Application for Federal Assistance) (Note that if an applicant with an existing Strategic Plan is submitting a full application for a construction implementation grant that contains information for EDA’s Affirmative Determination, it must submit only one Form-SF–424. If, however, the applicant already has submitted a Form SF–424 in connection with a preapplication, it must submit a second Form SF–424 in connection with its full application. See section IV.C.2. of the FFO announcement.) • Form SF–424C (Budget Information—Construction Programs). • Form SF–424D (Assurances— Construction Programs). • Form CD–511 (Certification Regarding Lobbying). To apply for assistance for an implementation grant without construction components, an applicant must be designated as an Impacted Community, have an EDA-approved Strategic Plan, and must complete and submit the following forms: • Form ED–900 (Application for Investment Assistance). • Form SF–424 (Application for Federal Assistance) (Note that if the community applicant with an existing Strategic Plan is submitting a full application for a non-construction implementation grant that contains information for EDA’s Affirmative Determination, it must submit only one Form-SF–424. If, however, the applicant already has submitted a Form SF–424 in connection with a preapplication, it must submit a second Form SF–424 in connection with its full application. See section IV.C.2. of the FFO announcement.) • Form SF–424A (Budget Information—Non-Construction Programs). • Form SF–424B (Assurances—NonConstruction Programs). • Form CD–511 (Certification Regarding Lobbying). Applicants for both construction and non-construction implementation grants may be required to provide certain lobbying information using Form SF– LLL (Disclosure of Lobbying Activities). The Form ED–900 provides detailed guidance to help the applicant assess whether Form SF–LLL is required and how to access it. Project Narrative at Item 15 of Form SF–424: As noted above, the Project Narrative included in applications as an attachment to item 15 in the Form SF– PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 424 must include a discussion of the following: • Significance of Trade Impact.— If the applicant has not already submitted a preapplication, the narrative must include all information for EDA’s Affirmative Determination as set out at section III.B.4 of the FFO announcement. See section III.B.4. of the FFO announcement to ensure all necessary information is submitted. • Strategic Plan.— If the application is for a grant to create a Strategic Plan or update an existing Strategic Plan, the narrative must discuss how the proposed plan will be consistent section 276 of the Trade Act and 13 CFR 313.6. See also sections III.C.1. and IV.A.1. of the FFO announcement. • Strategic Plan Implementation.—If the application is for a grant to implement a Strategic Plan, the narrative must discuss how the proposed project is consistent with that plan and describe how the proposed funding will enable the applicant to carry out activities pursuant to that plan. See also sections III.C.2. and IV.A.2. of the FFO announcement. • Scope of Work and Anticipated Results.—The narrative must discuss what the EDA funds will support and the anticipated results. • Project Fit with EDA Mission and Priorities.—The narrative must discuss how the proposed project satisfies the evaluation criteria set out in section V.A of the FFO announcement. If the applicant already has submitted a preapplication for EDA’s Affirmative Determination, the Project Narrative may not exceed eight pages in length, double-spaced text, with approximately 200 to 300 words per page, including any attachments, but not including the cover page. The eight-page limit is an upper limit only; therefore, applicants should be as concise as possible. Note that if an applicant is submitting a full application for a grant application that also contains all information for EDA’s Affirmative Determination, the applicant must also include the information required under section III.B.4. of the FFO announcement. The information required for EDA’s Affirmative Determination may not exceed an additional five pages in length, double-spaced text, with approximately 200 to 300 words per page. The five-page limit for this information is an upper limit only; and applicants should be concise as possible. Such an applicant still has the full eight pages for its full application Project Narrative as noted above. Content and Form of the Form ED– 900: Form ED–900 is required for a full grant application to develop a Strategic E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 6 / Monday, January 11, 2010 / Notices Plan or implement a project in a Strategic Plan under the Community TAA Program. Based on whether an Impacted Community is submitting an application for a Strategic Plan grant or for an implementation grant, the Application for strategic plan grant 1353 following tables detail the sections and exhibits in Form ED–900 that an Impacted Community must complete. Required form ED–900 sections On the initial page of Section A of Form ED–900, check that you are applying for Economic Adjustment Assistance. In section B(3)(C), check that you are applying under ‘‘Special need,’’ and check ‘‘Negative effects of changing trade patterns’’ under the ‘‘Special need’’ paragraph. Complete Sections A, C, E, and F and Exhibit C Application for implementation grant Required form ED–900 sections On the initial page of Section A of Form ED–900, check that you are applying for Economic Adjustment Assistance. In section B(3)(C), check that you are applying under ‘‘Special need,’’ and check ‘‘Negative effects of changing trade patterns’’ under the ‘‘Special need’’ paragraph. Complete Sections A, B, and K, and Exhibit C. Also complete Sections M and Exhibits A, D, and E if the application has construction components and Section N if the application has only design/engineering requirements. Complete Section E if the application has no construction components. Intergovernmental Review: Applications for assistance under EDA’s programs are subject to the State review requirements imposed by Executive Order 12372, ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ Evaluation and Selection Procedures srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 1. Technical Review Staff in EDA’s regional offices will undertake a technical review of each application to ensure that all required forms, signatures, and documentation are present and that the application is in compliance with the technical requirements set out in the FFO announcement, including requirements related to Cognizable Certifications and eligibility as a community. The technical review also will help determine if the proposed project is responsive to the objectives set out in the FFO. Applications that do not meet the technical requirements set out in the FFO will not be referred to the review panel. 2. Review Panel Each regional office will convene a panel to review the merits of each application based on the criteria set forth in the FFO. The review panel will consist of Federal employees and may consist of others recommended by the Regional Director of the applicable regional office. At least three members of the review panel will be EDA staff members. The review panel will evaluate independently and rate and rank competitively all technically sufficient applications based on the evaluation criteria listed in section V.A. of the FFO announcement. The review panel’s rating and ranking of the applications will be presented to the regional office’s Investment Review Committee (IRC). After reviewing the panel’s process and recommendations, the IRC may either: (i) Forward the VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:06 Jan 08, 2010 Jkt 220001 panel’s ranked list, unaltered and in its entirety, to the Selecting Official (defined below); or (ii) identify any deficiencies in the review process and direct the review panel to begin the process anew. If the IRC directs the panel to re-evaluate the applications, the review panel will undertake the process again and submit a revised rating and ranking of the applications to the IRC. 3. Selecting Official and Selecting Factors Under this notice, the Regional Director in each regional office is the Selecting Official. EDA expects to fund the highest ranking applications. The Selecting Official will normally follow the recommendations of the review panel; however, the Selecting Official may decide not to make a selection, or may select an application out of rank order for several reasons, including: a. A determination that the application better meets the overall objectives of sections 271 through 277 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2371—2371f); b. Relative economic distress and financial capability of a community; c. Availability of program funding; d. Geographic balance in distribution of program funds; e. Balanced funding for a diverse group of institutions, to include smaller and rural institutions, which may form part of a broader consortium to serve diverse populations and areas within the regional office’s territory; or f. The applicant’s performance under previous Federal financial assistance awards. If the Selecting Official makes a selection out of rank order, the Selecting Official will document the rationale for the decision in writing. As part of the selection process, EDA reserves the right to seek clarifications in writing from applicants for those applications PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 deemed to have highest merit in order to facilitate the selection process. See also section V. of the FFO announcement. Funding Priorities: EDA will give priority to applications for Strategic Plans or implementation assistance that will render the maximum amount of economic revitalization based on satisfaction of one or more of the following core criteria (investment applications that meet more than one core criterion will be given more favorable consideration): 1. Investments to small and mediumsized communities (20%). Priority will be given to an application submitted by an Impacted Community that is a smallor medium-sized community (defined as a community with a population of 100,000 or less). See section 275(e) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2371d) and 13 CFR 313.8(b). 2. Investments to assist the most severely impacted communities (20%). Priority will be given to an application based upon the extent to which a proposed project effectively responds to the severity of trade impact within an Impacted Community. For the purposes of evaluation, EDA considers counties significantly to severely impacted if they meet the thresholds outlined below: • Significantly Impacted: More than 8.25 workers impacted in connection with TAA Cognizable Certifications per 1,000 workers in the CLF; or • Severely Impacted: More than 28 workers impacted in connection with TAA Cognizable Certifications per 1,000 workers in the CLF. See also 13 CFR 313.6(d) and 313.7(d)(2). 3. Investments that have a high return on investment. (20%). Priority will be given to an application that yields a high return on investment, as indicated by the extent to which it: E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES 1354 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 6 / Monday, January 11, 2010 / Notices • Leads to the creation/retention of good jobs for the community. This is defined as greater than or equal to the average wage in the county. The Bureau of Labor Statistic’s Web site at http:// www.bls.gov/data/#wages has data available for this analysis. • Leverages public-private partnerships, for example, as evident by private sector involvement and/or private sector funding in the project. • Evidences best-practices in project management, for example, by demonstrating a feasible, cost-effective budget and a specific, deadline driven project timeline. 4. Investments that Support Regionalism, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (20%). Priority will be given to an application that strengthens regional cluster strategies and supports innovation and entrepreneurship, as indicated by the extent to which the investment: • Builds upon or extends existing planning documents, such as a CEDS, or other Federal, State, regional, or local development plans. • Links clearly to a leading or emerging regional cluster. This may be measured by the extent the investment supports an industry that has a location quotient greater than one. Applicants may find more information on location quotients at the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s site at http://data.bls.gov/ LOCATION_QUOTIENT/servlet/ lqc.ControllerServlet. This also may be demonstrated by: Æ A geographic concentration of an industry compared to the State or nation; Æ Increasing regional employment in that industry; or Æ Increasing numbers of firms in the relevant cluster. • Fosters commercialization in technology. This could be shown by increasing technology transfer at an institution of higher education or spinning off new technology, etc. 5. Investments that Support Global Trade/Competitiveness (15%). Priority will be given to an application that supports global trade and competitiveness, as indicated by the extent to which the investment: • Supports existing ‘‘high growth/ high potential companies’’ or those that have the ability to create ‘‘high growth/ high potential companies,’’ which are defined as companies with fewer than 500 employees whose sales doubled in four years or less; or • Supports businesses or clusters with significant export potential. 6. Investments that grow the ‘‘Green Economy’’ (5%). Priority will be given to an application whose objectives support VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:06 Jan 08, 2010 Jkt 220001 the ‘‘green economy.’’ Such projects would: • Promote renewable energy, energy efficiency, and/or reuse, recycling, or restoration that result in a green endproduct (for example, a renewable energy commercialization center); • Green an existing process or function (for example, implementing sustainable manufacturing practices); or • Result in a green building (for example, a structure certified under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system). Applications will be evaluated to the extent they produce identified green project benefits; for example renewable energy capacity per year, carbon emission offsets, overall energy savings, or third-party verified green building certifications. The Department of Commerce PreAward Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements: The administrative and national policy requirements for all Department of Commerce awards, contained in the Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements, published in the Federal Register on February 11, 2008 (73 FR 7696), are applicable to this competitive solicitation. Paperwork Reduction Act: This document contains collection-ofinformation requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The use of Form ED–900 (Application for Investment Assistance) has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the Control Number 0610–0094. The use of Forms SF–424 (Application for Financial Assistance), SF–424A (Budget Information—Non-Construction Programs), SF–424B (Assurances—NonConstruction Programs), SF–424C (Budget Information—Construction Programs), SF–424D (Assurances— Construction Programs), and Form SF– LLL (Disclosure of Lobbying Activities) has been approved under OMB Control Numbers 4040–0004, 0348–0044, 4040– 0007, 4040–0008, 4040–0009, and 0348– 0046 respectively. The Form CD–346 (Applicant for Funding Assistance) is approved under OMB Control Number 0605–0001. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject to the requirements of the PRA unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB Control Number. Executive Order 12866 (Regulatory Planning and Review): This notice has PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 been determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism): It has been determined that this notice does not contain policies with Federalism implications as that term is defined in Executive Order 13132. Administrative Procedure Act/ Regulatory Flexibility Act: Prior notice and an opportunity for public comments are not required by the Administrative Procedure Act or any other law for rules concerning grants, benefits, and contracts (5 U.S.C. 553(a)(2)). Because notice and opportunity for comment are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not been prepared. Dated: January 6, 2010. Brian P. McGowan, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and Chief Operating Officer. [FR Doc. 2010–273 Filed 1–8–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–24–P COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List: Proposed Addition and Deletions AGENCY: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. ACTION: Proposed addition to and deletions from Procurement List. SUMMARY: The Committee is proposing to add to the Procurement List a product to be furnished by a nonprofit agency employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities, and to delete services previously furnished by such agencies. COMMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED ON OR BEFORE: February 8, 2010. ADDRESSES: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, Jefferson Plaza 2, Suite 10800, 1421 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202–3259. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia Briscoe, Telephone: (703) 603– 7740, Fax: (703) 603–0655, or e-mail CMTEFedReg@AbilityOne.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is published pursuant to 41 U.S.C 47(a)(2) and 41 CFR 51–2.3. Its purpose is to provide interested persons an opportunity to submit comments on the proposed actions. E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Economic Development Administration

[Docket No.: 100105005-0006-01]


Solicitation of Applications for the Community Trade Adjustment 
Assistance Program

AGENCY: Economic Development Administration (EDA), Department of 
Commerce.

ACTION: Notice and request for applications.

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SUMMARY: In February of 2009, Congress enacted the Trade and 
Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009, which in part was 
intended to establish a new Community Trade Adjustment Assistance 
(Community TAA) Program under chapter 4 of title II of the Trade Act of 
1974 (19 U.S.C. 2371 et seq.) (Trade Act) to help communities respond 
to the loss of jobs caused by the layoffs at firms and other types of 
employers impacted by trade competition. This notice announces general 
policies and application requirements for the Community TAA Program. 
Grants made under the program may be used to support a wide range of 
technical, planning, and infrastructure projects to help communities 
adapt to pressing trade impact issues and diversify their economies.
    To be eligible to apply, a community must have been impacted by 
trade as evidenced by one or more ``Cognizable Certifications'' being 
made with respect to the community under one of the following three 
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) programs: TAA for Workers, TAA for 
Firms, or TAA for Farmers. In addition, EDA must make an ``Affirmative 
Determination'' that an applicant is an ``Impacted Community,'' meaning 
that EDA determines the community is significantly affected by the 
threat to, or the loss of, jobs associated with one or more Cognizable 
Certifications. A community may rely on more than one Cognizable 
Certification to show trade impact, but must use the most recent 
certification to determine whether the community must submit as a 
Grandfathered Community or as Group A or B Standard Date Community. 
Please see below and sections III.B.2. and III.B.3 of the FFO 
announcement for a complete discussion. Applications for assistance 
from eligible communities will be competitively evaluated in order to 
maximize the impact of the program in creating and saving jobs.
    Applicants are advised to read carefully all information and 
instructions contained in the Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) 
announcement for this request for applications. To access the FFO 
announcement, please see the Web sites listed below under ``Electronic 
Access.''

DATES: The deadline for the submission of full applications for grant 
assistance under this notice is April 20, 2010. Please note that this 
competitive solicitation has two categories of applicants: 
``Grandfathered Communities'' and ``Standard Date Communities.'' In 
addition, the ``Standard Date Communities'' category has been further 
broken down into Groups A and B because of timing considerations. 
Although there is one deadline for grant applications under the 
program, the Trade Act requires that Grandfathered Communities and 
Group A Standard Date Communities must submit certain information to 
preserve their eligibility under the program. This information may 
either be submitted as part of a full application or as a 
preapplication using the Application for Federal Assistance (Form SF-
424). The following paragraphs provide more detailed information.
    Dates for Preapplication and Application Submissions: Different 
deadlines apply to preapplications and full applications.

Grandfathered Communities With a Cognizable Certification Made on or 
After January 1, 2007 and Before August 1, 2009

    A Grandfathered Community must submit information for EDA's 
Affirmative Determination by February 1, 2010 to be eligible for 
funding under the Community TAA Program. Although the deadline for full 
applications is April 20, 2010, EDA strongly encourages Grandfathered 
Communities to submit their full application for grant assistance by 
the February 1, 2010 deadline for submission of their information for 
an Affirmative Determination. Submission of the full application by 
this date will allow EDA to make the Affirmative Determination in 
connection with the decision on whether EDA will fund the application. 
However, Grandfathered Communities that are not prepared to submit a 
full application by the February 1, 2010 deadline for the Affirmative 
Determination must submit a preapplication, using Form SF-424, by 
February 1, 2010. Applicants choosing to submit a preapplication still 
must submit a full application for grant assistance by the April 20, 
2010 deadline to be considered for funding under the program.

Group A Standard Date Communities With Cognizable Certifications Made 
on or After August 1, 2009 Through October 21, 2009

    Group A Standard Date Communities must submit information for EDA's 
Affirmative Determination within 180 days of the date of the 
community's most recent Cognizable Certification. EDA strongly 
encourages Group A Standard Date Communities to submit a full 
application for grant assistance that incorporates information 
necessary for EDA to make an Affirmative Determination within the 
statutory 180-day window. Submission of a full application within the 
180-day window will allow EDA to make an Affirmative Determination in 
connection with the decision on whether EDA will fund the application. 
However, Group A Standard Date Communities that are not prepared to 
submit a full application within the 180-day window for an Affirmative 
Determination may submit a preapplication using Form SF-424, which also 
must include information for the Affirmative Determination, within 180 
days of the date of its most recent Cognizable Certification. 
Applicants choosing to submit a preapplication still must submit a full 
application for grant assistance by the April 20, 2010 competition 
deadline to be considered for funding under the program.

Group B Standard Date Communities With a Cognizable Certification Made 
on or After October 22, 2009

    Group B Standard Date Communities must submit a full application 
that incorporates necessary information for EDA to make an Affirmative 
Determination by the April 20, 2010 deadline to be considered for 
funding under the program. Group B Standard Date Communities do not 
need to submit a preapplication to preserve their eligibility because 
the April 20, 2010 grant application deadline occurs within their 180-
day window for an Affirmative Determination.
    Preapplications and full applications must be either: (a) 
Transmitted and time stamped at http://www.grants.gov no later than 5 
p.m. (local time in the EDA regional office to which an applicant will 
be submitting) on the last day of the applicable preapplication or 
application deadline; or (b) received by the applicable EDA regional 
office listed below under ``Addresses and Telephone Numbers for EDA's 
Regional Offices'' and in section VIII. of the FFO announcement no 
later than 5 p.m. (local time in the EDA regional office to which an 
applicant will be submitting)

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on the last day of the applicable preapplication or application 
deadline.

ADDRESSES:
    Obtaining Application Packages. An applicant may obtain the 
appropriate preapplication or full application package electronically 
at http://www.grants.gov. All components of the appropriate package may 
be accessed and downloaded (in a screen-fillable format) at http://www.grants.gov/applicants/apply_for_grants.jsp. Alternatively, 
applicants eligible for assistance under this notice may request paper 
(hardcopy) preapplication or full application packages by contacting 
the applicable EDA regional office servicing your geographic area 
listed below under ``Addresses and Telephone Numbers for EDA's Regional 
Offices'' and in section VIII. of the FFO announcement.
    Application Submission Formats: Preapplications and full 
applications may be submitted either (i) electronically in accordance 
with the procedures provided at http://www.grants.gov; or (ii) in paper 
format to the applicable regional office address provided below. The 
content of submissions is the same for paper submissions as it is for 
electronic submissions. EDA will not accept facsimile transmissions of 
preapplications or full applications. Note that EDA has regional 
offices in Atlanta and Philadelphia (Eastern Time); Austin and Chicago 
(Central Time); Denver (Mountain Time); and Seattle (Pacific Time). The 
regional offices and the States they serve are listed below under 
``Addresses and Telephone Numbers for EDA's Regional Offices'' and in 
section VIII. of the FFO announcement. Preapplications or applications 
received after the applicable deadline will be considered non-
responsive and will not be considered for an Affirmative Determination 
or for funding, respectively.
    Electronic Submissions: Applicants are encouraged to submit 
preapplications and full applications electronically in accordance with 
the instructions provided at http://www.grants.gov. The preferred file 
format for electronic attachments is portable document format (PDF); 
however, EDA will accept electronic files in Microsoft Word, 
WordPerfect, or Microsoft Excel formats. Validation or rejection of 
your preapplication or application by http://www.grants.gov may take 
additional days after your submission. Therefore, please consider the 
http://www.grants.gov validation/rejection process in developing your 
application submission timeline. See section IV.G.1. of the FFO 
announcement for more information.
    Applicants should access the following link for assistance in 
navigating http://www.grants.gov and for a list of useful resources: 
http://www.grants.gov/applicants/applicant_help.jsp. If you do not 
find an answer to your question under Frequently Asked Questions, try 
consulting the Applicant's User Guide. If you still cannot find an 
answer to your question, contact http://www.grants.gov via e-mail at 
support@grants.gov or telephone at 1-800-518-4726. The hours of 
operation for http://www.grants.gov are Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
(Eastern Time) (except for Federal holidays).
    Paper Submissions: An eligible applicant under this notice may 
submit a completed paper preapplication or full application to the 
applicable EDA regional office listed below. The applicant must submit 
one original and two copies of the appropriate completed package via 
postal mail, shipped overnight, or hand-delivered to the applicable 
regional office, unless otherwise directed by EDA staff. Department of 
Commerce mail security measures may delay receipt of United States 
Postal Service mail for up to two weeks. Therefore, applicants who 
submit paper submissions are advised to use guaranteed overnight 
delivery services.
    Addresses and Telephone Numbers for EDA's Regional Offices: 
Applicants in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North 
Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, may submit paper submissions 
to: Economic Development Administration, Atlanta Regional Office, 401 
West Peachtree Street, NW., Suite 1820, Atlanta, Georgia 30308. 
Telephone: (404) 730-3002, Fax: (404) 730-3025.
    Applicants in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, 
may submit paper submissions to: Economic Development Administration, 
Austin Regional Office, 504 Lavaca, Suite 1100, Austin, Texas 78701-
2858. Telephone: (512) 381-8144, Fax: (512) 381-8177.
    Applicants in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, 
Wisconsin and Muscatine and Scott counties, Iowa, may submit paper 
submissions to: Economic Development Administration, Chicago Regional 
Office, 111 North Canal Street, Suite 855, Chicago, Illinois 60606. 
Telephone: (312) 353-7706, Fax: (312) 353-8575.
    Applicants in Colorado, Iowa (excluding Muscatine and Scott 
counties), Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South 
Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, may submit paper submissions to: Economic 
Development Administration, Denver Regional Office, 410 17th Street, 
Suite 250, Denver, Colorado 80202. Telephone: (303) 844-4714, Fax: 
(303) 844-3968.
    Applicants in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, 
Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, 
Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, U.S. Virgin Islands, 
Virginia and West Virginia, may submit paper submissions to: Economic 
Development Administration, Philadelphia Regional Office, Curtis 
Center, 601 Walnut Street, Suite 140 South, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 
19106. Telephone: (215) 597-4603, Fax: (215) 597-1063.
    Applicants in Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Guam, 
Hawaii, Idaho, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nevada, Northern Mariana 
Islands, Oregon, Republic of Palau and Washington, may submit paper 
submissions to: Economic Development Administration, Seattle Regional 
Office, Jackson Federal Building, Room 1890, 915 Second Avenue, 
Seattle, Washington 98174. Telephone: (206) 220-7660, Fax: (206) 220-
7669.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information or for a 
paper copy of the FFO announcement, contact the appropriate EDA 
regional office listed above. EDA's Internet Web site at http://www.eda.gov also contains additional information on EDA and its 
programs.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Program Information: EDA's mission is to lead the Federal economic 
development agenda by promoting innovation and competitiveness, 
preparing American regions for growth and success in the worldwide 
economy. The Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009, 
which was included as subtitle I within the American Recovery and 
Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Pub. L. 111-5, 123 Stat. 115, at 367), made 
certain changes to the Trade Act of 1974 as amended (19 U.S.C. 2341 et 
seq.) (Trade Act), including establishing the Community TAA Program 
under chapter 4 of title II of the Trade Act.
    The Community TAA Program is one of several economic development 
programs that EDA administers and is designed to provide communities 
with comprehensive and flexible solutions to a wide variety of trade 
impacts. There currently are a number of TAA programs authorized under 
the Trade Act that target assistance to specific groups within and 
members of a community; for example workers and

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firms. However, the negative impacts of trade are not just felt by 
discrete groups; they reverberate throughout an entire community. The 
closure or downsizing of a key industry, company, or plant creates 
severe economic challenges for an entire community impacted by trade. 
The Community TAA Program supplements and builds upon the other TAA 
programs by providing comprehensive assistance to address these 
challenges. The overall goal of the Community TAA Program is to help 
communities respond holistically and proactively to trade impacts and 
become more competitive in the global economy. The Community TAA 
program will help eligible communities devise long-term Strategic Plans 
and carry out implementation activities to address economic development 
challenges in regions affected by trade impacts.
    EDA publishes this notice to announce the competitive solicitation 
for the Community TAA Program. EDA will evaluate and select 
applications according to the investment policy guidelines and funding 
priorities set forth below under ``Funding Priorities'' and in section 
V.A. of the FFO announcement. Unless otherwise provided in this notice 
or in the FFO announcement, applicant eligibility, program objectives 
and priorities, application procedures, evaluation criteria, selection 
procedures, and other requirements for the Community TAA are set forth 
in EDA's regulations (codified at 13 CFR part 313) and applicants must 
address these requirements. EDA's regulations and the Trade Act are 
available at http://www.eda.gov/InvestmentsGrants/Lawsreg.xml.
    Electronic Access: The FFO announcement for the Community TAA 
Program competition is available at http://www.grants.gov and at http://www.eda.gov. EDA has created a Community TAA Web page with additional 
information on the program at http://www.eda.gov/CommunityTAA.
    Funding Availability: Under the Supplemental Appropriations Act, 
2009 (Pub. L. 111-32, 123 Stat. 1859, at 1860 (2009)), funding in the 
amount of $40,000,000 was appropriated for both the Community TAA and 
TAA for Firms Programs authorized under the Trade Act, as amended by 
the Trade and Globalization Adjustment Assistance Act of 2009 (TGAAA). 
Under this notice, $36,768,000 is available for the Community TAA 
Program and shall remain available until September 30, 2010. In 
accordance with section 275 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2371d(c)), an 
Impacted Community may not receive more than $5,000,000 to implement a 
Strategic Plan developed under section 276 of the Trade Act. See also 
13 CFR 313.2 for the definition of Strategic Plan. Also, in accordance 
with section 276(c)(2) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2371e(c)(2)), no 
more than $25,000,000 of the total amount appropriated for the 
Community TAA Program may be made available for grants to develop 
Strategic Plans.
    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Numbers: 11.010, 
Community Trade Adjustment Assistance.
    Affirmative Determinations: EDA must make an Affirmative 
Determination that a community is an Impacted Community before the 
community may receive grant assistance under this program. Section 
273(a) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2371b) describes the requirements 
for the Affirmative Determination. There are two categories of 
applicants under this competitive solicitation: Grandfathered 
Communities and Standard Date Communities. Also, please note that 
because of timing considerations EDA has divided the Standard Date 
Communities category into two groups: Group A and Group B. Different 
deadlines for submitting preapplications or full applications apply to 
each category or group of applicant. Please read the below information 
and section III.B. of the FFO announcement carefully to ensure that 
your community submits a preapplication or full application on time or 
can rely on one of the lists that EDA has created to ease the 
Affirmative Determination burden.

EDA Lists To Assist Communities With Affirmative Determination 
Requirements

    EDA has analyzed TAA certification data and created two lists to 
assist communities in identifying their eligibility for the Community 
TAA Program: The TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County List and 
the TAA for Firms Certifications List. A community that is not on 
either list still may request an Affirmative Determination by 
submitting a preapplication or full application that includes the 
information necessary to establish the requisite trade impact in 
accordance with section III.B.4. of the FFO announcement. Please note 
that different deadlines apply to both Grandfathered and Standard Date 
Communities, which are noted under ``Dates for Submission of 
Information for Affirmative Determinations'' below and section III.B.2. 
of the FFO announcement. If a preapplication or full application is 
submitted after the relevant deadlines, it will not be considered.

1. TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County List

    To assist communities in demonstrating trade impact significance, 
EDA has analyzed job-loss data in connection with the TAA for Workers 
Program. In order to assess the relative impact associated with the 
loss of jobs due to the trade impact leading to TAA for Workers Program 
Cognizable Certifications, EDA ranked counties with TAA for Workers 
certifications since January 1, 2007 based on the number of workers 
receiving assistance under the TAA for Workers Program. See the EDA Web 
site at http://www.eda.doc.gov/CommunityTAA for further information. 
Based on that analysis, EDA has determined that certain counties have 
experienced a significant impact attributable to job losses associated 
with the certifications under the TAA for Workers Program. EDA has 
posted the results of this analysis in a list titled ``TAA for Workers 
Significantly Impacted County List'' at http://www.eda.doc.gov/CommunityTAA. Since EDA has conducted a significance analysis on the 
front end, a county on the list will be deemed to have suffered a 
significant impact due to trade and to be an Impacted Community. Such 
counties may proceed to apply for an implementation grant by April 20, 
2010 in accordance with sections III.C. and IV. of the FFO 
announcement.

2. TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County List--Importance for 
Communities That Are Not Counties

    Please note that EDA's TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted 
County List only addresses trade impact significance at the county 
level. For a sub-county community (for example a city or township) that 
is not on this list, but is located within a county on the list, EDA 
still must make an Affirmative Determination that the sub-county 
community itself is an Impacted Community that has been significantly 
affected by the threat to, or the loss of, jobs associated with one ore 
more Cognizable Certifications. Even though sub-county communities are 
not included on the TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County List, 
the list may help a city or township, for example, identify potential 
eligibility for grant assistance under the Community TAA Program. For 
example, assume City A is located in County B, which county is located 
on the TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County List. Even though 
City A is not

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automatically deemed to be an Impacted Community, being in a county 
that is on the list alerts City A that it might have a significant 
trade impact. City A should search the Department of Labor's ``TAA 
Petition Determination'' Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/taa/taa_search_form.cfm to determine whether a TAA for Workers 
certification has been made in the community since January 1, 2007 and 
to assess the impact of any certifications in accordance with section 
III.B.4. of the FFO announcement, which contains detailed information 
on how to use TAA for Workers certifications for an Affirmative 
Determination.
    A sub-county community located in a county on EDA's TAA for Workers 
Significantly Impacted County List also should note that the list 
includes all TAA for Workers certifications made since January 1, 2007 
until the date noted on the list, which means that the list does not 
reflect timing concerns for Affirmative Determination purposes. When a 
community that wishes to apply searches the Department of Labor's ``TAA 
Petition Determination'' Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/taa/taa_search_form.cfm, the community must be careful to note the 
Decision Date of the most recent TAA for Workers certification to 
ensure that their submission reaches EDA by the deadlines noted under 
paragraphs 2 and 3 of section III.B. of the FFO announcement. Using the 
example above, City A must determine the Decision Date of its most 
recent TAA for Workers certification in order to submit information for 
EDA's Affirmative Determination in a timely manner.
    Please note that the TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County 
List is not a listing of all communities that have had a TAA for 
Workers certification since January 1, 2007. The list is a significance 
analysis of those certifications, and therefore, a county or community 
that has had a TAA for Workers certification may find that it or the 
county in which it is located is not on the list. Such a community that 
has had a TAA for Workers certification and finds that the 
certification has had a significant impact on the community still may 
submit information for EDA's Affirmative Determination in accordance 
with section III.B.4. of the FFO announcement.
    A note on searching the Department of Labor Web site: The 
Department of Labor's underlying data was organized by city, but 
because of the volume of data and to ensure ease of use, EDA aggregated 
the Department of Labor's list to the county level in creating EDA's 
TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted County List. Therefore, each 
sub-county community that is not on this list, but is located within 
one of the counties on the list and wishes to apply must search the 
Department of Labor's petition determination Web site by city and 
State. In addition, the community should insert a determination date 
range of January 1, 2007 through the present date (the date of the 
search) since certifications before January 1, 2007 do not establish 
eligibility. A community should take care to select the search option 
on the Web site for ``Certifications'' so that only approved TAA for 
Workers certifications appear.
    EDA will post updates to the TAA for Workers Significantly Impacted 
County List on approximately the 20th day of each month through April 
2010. As noted above, counties not on the list or other communities 
that are located outside counties on the list may seek an Affirmative 
Determination of trade impact by submitting the information necessary 
to establish that impact as described in section III.B.4. of the FFO 
announcement. Also as noted above, EDA's TAA for Workers Significantly 
Impacted County List includes all TAA for Workers certifications since 
January 1, 2007. Therefore, the list does not reflect timing concerns, 
and a community must search the Department of Labor's ``TAA Petition 
Determination'' Web site at http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/taa/taa_search_form.cfm to determine the date of the community's most recent 
Cognizable Certification and whether the community should apply as a 
Grandfathered Community or a Group A or B Standard Date Community.

3. TAA for Firms Certifications List

    EDA also has posted a list organized by city and State of TAA for 
Firms certifications since January 1, 2007 at http://www.eda.doc.gov/CommunityTAA. Because of data limitations, the TAA for Firms 
Certifications List does not indicate significance of trade impact and 
a community that has had a TAA for Firms certification still must 
petition for EDA's Affirmative Determination in accordance with the 
deadlines set out below under sections III.B.2. and III.B.3. of the FFO 
announcement. EDA will post updates to the TAA for Firms Certifications 
List on approximately the 20th day of each month through April 2010. 
You may contact EDA's TAA for Firms staff at taac@eda.doc.gov.

4. TAA for Farmers

    As of the date of publication of this notice, there had been no 
certifications under the TAA for Farmers Program for the relevant time 
period from January 1, 2007 through the publication date of this 
notice. As certifications are made under the TAA for Farmers Program, 
the Department of Agriculture will publish notice of them in the 
Federal Register. More updates are available on the program Web site at 
http://www.fas.usda.gov/ITP/TAA/taa.asp.

Dates for Submission of Information for Affirmative Determinations

    As noted above, a community that is not on EDA's TAA for Workers 
Significantly Impacted County List must seek an Affirmative 
Determination to be deemed Impacted Community. The below information 
details the deadlines that apply to the two categories of applicants 
under this competitive solicitation: Grandfathered Communities and 
Standard Date Communities. Also, please note that because of timing 
considerations EDA has divided the Standard Date Communities category 
into two groups: Group A and Group B.
    A community may rely on more than one Cognizable Certification to 
show trade impact, but must use the most recent certification to 
determine whether the community must submit as a Grandfathered 
Community or as Group A or B Standard Date Community.

1. Grandfathered Communities

    A Grandfathered Community is a community that had one or more 
Cognizable Certifications made with respect to it on or after January 
1, 2007 and before August 1, 2009. See section 273(a)(2) of the Trade 
Act and 13 CFR 313.2. In accordance with section 273(c) of the Trade 
Act, a Grandfathered Community must submit information for EDA's 
Affirmative Determination by February 1, 2010. A Grandfathered 
Community that does not submit a preapplication or full application in 
a timely manner is not eligible for grant assistance under the 
Community TAA Program. Because of limited program resources, EDA 
encourages a Grandfathered Community to incorporate its information for 
EDA's Affirmative Determination along with its full application for 
grant assistance on the Application for Federal Assistance (Form SF-
424) (checking the box for ``Application'' in item 1 of the form), and 
to submit this package by the February 1, 2010 deadline. In this case, 
an attachment to item 15 of the Form SF-424 must contain all 
information for EDA to make an Affirmative Determination in accordance 
with 13 CFR 313.4. See section III.B.4. of the FFO announcement for 
more information on the required

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attachment(s) and section III.C. for more information on full 
application packages.
    If a Grandfathered Community is not prepared to submit a full 
application by February 1, 2010, the Grandfathered Community may 
preserve its eligibility by submitting a preapplication by February 1, 
2010 to request an Affirmative Determination using Form SF-424 and 
checking ``Preapplication'' in item 1 of the form. The preapplication 
must describe the threat to, or the loss of, jobs associated with the 
applicable grandfathered Cognizable Certification(s) and include the 
information set out in section III.B.4. of the FFO announcement to 
allow EDA to make an Affirmative Determination. If a Grandfathered 
Community does not have complete information about the trade impact at 
the time it submits a preapplication by February 1, 2010, it may 
supplement the information provided with its preapplication with 
additional data when it submits its complete application. However, the 
Grandfathered Community should be aware that it must submit all 
information necessary for EDA's Affirmative Determination and a full 
grant application by the competition deadline of April 20, 2010 to be 
considered for grant funding under the program.

2. Standard Date Communities

    A Standard Date Community is a community with its most recent 
Cognizable Certification made on or after August 1, 2009. Because EDA 
is holding a single competition for the Community TAA Program with a 
deadline date of April 20, 2010 and section 273 of the Trade Act 
requires EDA to make an Affirmative Determination of the significance 
of trade impact based on information submitted not later than 180 days 
of a community's most recent Cognizable Certification, EDA has divided 
Standard Date Communities into two groups: Group A and Group B. Group A 
consists of Standard Date Communities that have their most recent 
Cognizable Certification made on or after August 1, 2009 through 
October 21, 2009 and Group B consists of Standard Date Communities that 
have their most recent Cognizable Certification made on or after 
October 22, 2009.
    Both Group A and Group B communities must submit information for 
EDA's Affirmative Determination within 180 days of the date of their 
most recent Cognizable Certification. A Group A community, however, 
must check the date of its most recent Cognizable Certification, and 
submit information for an Affirmative Determination within 180 days of 
that certification or else it will not be eligible for grant 
assistance. A Group B Standard Date Community simply must submit its 
full application by April 20, 2010 because its most recent Cognizable 
Certification was made on or after October 22, 2009, and the 
application filing deadline is within the 180-day window for submission 
of information for an Affirmative Determination. Accordingly, the full 
application must contain all information for EDA's Affirmative 
Determination by the competition deadline of April 20, 2010. Please see 
the paragraphs below for more detailed information.

a. Group A: Standard Date Communities With Cognizable Certifications 
Made on or After August 1, 2009 Through October 21, 2009

    If a Standard Date Community in Group A has its most recent 
Cognizable Certification made on or after August 1, 2009 through 
October 21, 2009, it must submit information for EDA's Affirmative 
Determination within 180 days of the date of that certification. A 
Group A community that does not submit the information in a timely 
manner is not eligible for grant assistance under the Community TAA 
Program. Because of limited program resources, EDA encourages such a 
community to submit the information for EDA's Affirmative Determination 
along with its full application for grant assistance in a full 
application (Form SF-424, checking the box for ``Application'' in item 
1 of the form). In this case, the attachment to item 15 of the Form SF-
424 in the application must contain all information for EDA to make an 
Affirmative Determination in accordance with 13 CFR 313.4. See section 
III.B.4. of the FFO announcement for more information on the required 
attachment(s) and section III.C. for more information on full 
application packages.
    If a Group A community is not prepared to submit a full application 
within 180 days of the applicable Cognizable Certification, the 
community may preserve its eligibility by submitting a preapplication 
requesting an Affirmative Determination using Form SF-424 and checking 
the box for ``Preapplication'' in item 1 of the form. The 
preapplication must describe the threat to, or the loss of, jobs 
associated with the community's applicable Cognizable Certification(s) 
and include the information set out in section III.B.4. of the FFO 
announcement to allow EDA to make an Affirmative Determination. If a 
Group A community does not have complete information about the trade 
impact at the time it submits a preapplication within 180 days of the 
relevant Cognizable Certification, it may supplement the information 
provided with its preapplication with additional data when it submits 
its full application. However, the Group A Standard Date Community 
should be aware that it must submit all information necessary for EDA's 
Affirmative Determination and a full grant application by the 
competition deadline of April 20, 2010 to be considered for grant 
funding under the program.
    Note that a Standard Date Community in Group A must attend 
carefully to the date of its most recent Cognizable Certification 
because the statute requires a community to submit its information for 
an Affirmative Determination within 180 days of that date. Because the 
April 20, 2010 deadline for this competitive solicitation exceeds the 
180-day time period for those communities, a Group A Standard Date 
Community must protect its ability to be considered under the 
competition by submitting a preapplication or full application before 
the expiration of the 180-day window. A Group B Standard Date Community 
with a certification made on or after October 22, 2009 does not face 
this complication as the April 20, 2010 deadline for the competitive 
solicitation is in advance of the closing of the 180-day window 
applicable to its most recent Cognizable Certification.

b. Group B: Standard Date Communities With Certifications Made on or 
After October 22, 2009

    If a Standard Date Community in Group B has its most recent 
Cognizable Certification made after October 22, 2009, it must submit a 
full application by April 20, 2010. Because the compressed timeframe 
during which funds are available requires expeditious delivery of 
program resources and reduced applicant burden, EDA will make its 
decision regarding an Affirmative Determination based on the full 
application for Community TAA grant assistance for Standard Date 
Communities in Group B. Accordingly, the full application must contain 
all information for EDA to make an Affirmative Determination in 
accordance with 13 CFR 313.4. A community must submit a Form SF-424 and 
check the box for ``Application'' in item 1 of the form and proceed to 
complete and submit an appropriate application for the community's 
proposed project in accordance with section IV. of the FFO announcement 
by April 20, 2010. A community that does not timely submit its 
application will not be considered for funding.

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3. Significance Threshold

    Note that in light of the limited funding available, EDA is not 
likely to find job losses associated with the applicable Cognizable 
Certifications to be ``significant'' unless the community demonstrates 
that at least 8.25 workers per 1,000 workers in the community's most 
recently reported Civilian Labor Force (CLF) have been impacted by TAA 
Cognizable Certifications or provides other evidence of equally severe 
economic distress such as the imminent threat of significant job loss 
associated with trade. For example, if the applicant's total CLF is 
50,000, EDA would deem the trade impact to be ``significant'' if there 
was a job loss of at least 413 workers in the community's CLF (413/
50,000 = 0.00825 x 1,000 = 8.25) associated with the community's 
Cognizable Certification(s). Please see section III.B.4. of the FFO 
announcement for detailed information on how to collect information on 
and perform the significance calculation.

Affirmative Determination Substance Requirements

    EDA will use Form SF-424 for both preapplications and full 
applications. Communities are strongly encouraged to incorporate 
information for EDA's Affirmative Determination into their Form SF-424 
as part of a full application package. If, however, Grandfathered or 
Group A Standard Date Communities are not prepared to submit a full 
application by their Affirmative Determination deadline, then may 
submit a preapplication for an Affirmative Determination using Form SF-
424 by the applicable Affirmative Determination deadline. If a 
Grandfathered or Group A Standard Date Community elects to submit a 
preapplication for EDA's Affirmative Determination, the applicant 
community must check the box for ``Preapplication'' in item 1 of the 
form and complete all numbered items on Form SF-424 except for items 
17, 18, and 19. If, however, the applicant is submitting Form SF-424 as 
part of a full application for grant assistance, the applicant 
community must complete all numbered items on Form SF-424. Note that 
for a Grandfathered or Group A Standard Date Community that elects to 
submit a preapplication using Form SF-424, the community must submit a 
second Form SF-424 as part of its full grant application, and all items 
on the Form SF-424 must be completed.
    For both preapplications and full applications, a community must 
submit the necessary information using Form SF-424 to allow EDA to 
determine that the applicant community is ``significantly affected'' by 
the threat to, or loss of, jobs associated with one or more Cognizable 
Certification(s). Item 15 of Form SF-424 allows for attachments. If a 
Grandfathered or Group A Standard Date Community elects to submit a 
preapplication, the community should provide all of the following 
information and attach it at Item 15 (provided however, that if 
complete information is not available at the time of submission of the 
preapplication, the community must include the information at the time 
of filing its full application). If the community is submitting a 
complete application, the community must submit all of the following 
and the applicant's Project Narrative and other information for a 
complete full application package. Please see section IV. of the FFO 
announcement for details on a full application.
     Identify the applicable Cognizable Certification(s) upon 
which the community bases its Impacted Community status for timing 
purposes. Please note that the community must use its most recent 
Cognizable Certification to determine whether it must submit as a 
Grandfathered Community or Group A or Group B Standard Date Community 
and must clearly identify that certification. For example, if City A 
has two TAA for Workers certifications and one TAA for Firms 
certification and is applying as a Group B Standard Date Community, it 
must use the most recent Cognizable Certification, regardless of the 
program, to be classified as a Group B Standard Date Community, and 
identify the certification and the certification's date. Note that the 
community must identify and discuss all Cognizable Certifications upon 
which it relies for eligibility as a trade-impacted community in its 
narrative, as described below.
    [cir] For TAA for Workers Cognizable Certifications, the applicant 
community must provide the TAA petition number associated with the 
Department of Labor's certification decision. TAA for Workers petition 
determinations may be accessed and searched electronically at http://www.doleta.gov/tradeact/taa/taa_search_form.cfm.
    [cir] For TAA for Firms Certifications, the applicant community 
must provide the name of the firm certified under the program in the 
official notification letter provided by the Department of Commerce to 
the certified firm. A list of firms certified since January 1, 2007 has 
been posted on EDA's Web site at http:[sol][sol]www.eda.gov/
CommunityTAA. EDA will post updates to the TAA for Firms Certifications 
List on approximately the 20th day of each month through April 2010.
    [cir] For TAA for Farmers certifications, the applicant community 
must provide the name and region (region, State, or multi-State area) 
of the certified agricultural commodity and the record identifier 
provided by the Department of Agriculture. Note that as of the date of 
publication of this notice, no certifications had been made under the 
TAA for Farmers Program. Visit the TAA for Farmers Web site at http://www.fas.usda.gov/ITP/TAA/taa.asp for updates on the status of the 
program. In addition, the Department of Agriculture will publish all 
certifications made under the program in the Federal Register.
     Percentage of the CLF affected by TAA for Workers, TAA for 
Firms, and/or TAA for Farmers certifications. To perform this 
calculation, a community needs to know two things: (1) How many workers 
were affected by a TAA Cognizable Certification; and (2) the 
community's most recently reported CLF. Please see section III.B.4. of 
the FFO announcement for detailed instructions on how to access the 
information for and perform this calculation.
     The source of the CLF data the community used to complete 
the significance calculation.
     A narrative describing the threat to, or the loss of, jobs 
associated with the applicable Cognizable Certification(s). If a 
community is applying based on the threat to jobs associated with a 
Cognizable Certification, it must include solid evidence of that 
threat, such as a notice issued under the Worker Adjustment and 
Retraining Notification (WARN) Act (19 U.S.C. 2101 et seq.) or similar 
official statements that relate to the applicable Cognizable 
Certification. Unsupported company announcements, even if publicly 
announced, are not likely to be deemed sufficient. A community's 
narrative should help EDA assess the merits of the application based on 
the severity of trade impacts affecting the community and evaluation 
criteria set out in section V.A. of the FFO announcement.
    The information attached at item 15 of Form SF-424 and required for 
EDA's Affirmative Determination may not exceed five pages in length, 
double-spaced text, with approximately 200 to 300 words per page. The 
five-page limit is an upper limit only; and applicants should be 
concise as possible.
    Once EDA has made an Affirmative Determination, EDA will consider 
the community to be an Impacted Community significantly impacted by 
trade. Because of the compressed time

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schedule, Grandfathered and Group A Standard Date Communities that 
elect to submit a preapplication for an Affirmative Determination will 
then need to proceed and complete a full application for funding by 
April 20, 2010 to be considered for a grant. EDA will make a 
determination of the significance of the trade impact at the same time 
it decides whether to accept or decline the application for funding.
    For applicants that are submitting a full application, please see 
section IV.C. of the FFO announcement for information on the Project 
Narrative, which must include information for EDA's Affirmative 
Determination.
    Strategic Plan and Implementation Grant Assistance: Provided that 
EDA has made an Affirmative Determination that a community is an 
Impacted Community in connection with: (i) The TAA for Workers 
Significantly Impacted County List; (ii) a Grandfathered or Group A 
Standard Date Community's preapplication, or (iii) as part of the 
review of a community's full application, EDA will consider the 
Impacted Community's application for grant assistance to develop or 
carry out a Strategic Plan.

1. Grants To Develop Strategic Plans

    Grants to develop a Strategic Plan are designed to help the 
Impacted Community achieve economic adjustment to trade impacts. See 13 
CFR 313.6, which sets out the requirements for Strategic Plans, 
including requirements to ensure the involvement of private and public 
entities in the process and technical requirements designed to ensure 
that the plan analyzes current challenges and opportunities facing the 
Impacted Community.
    EDA strongly encourages applicants to link and leverage existing 
planning efforts. A Strategic Plan should update and incorporate 
relevant provisions of existing plans that affect an Impacted 
Community's economic development efforts, such as an applicable 
Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) developed under 
EDA's regulations at 13 CFR 303.7 and strategies developed in concert 
with the U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Energy, 
the Environmental Protection Agency, and other Federal, State, and 
local agencies.

2. Grants To Implement Projects or Programs in Strategic Plans

    In order to award an application to implement a Strategic Plan, EDA 
must determine that the plan meets the requirements of section 276 of 
the Trade Act and EDA's implementing regulation at 13 CFR 313.6. EDA 
will review information submitted with the application to ensure that 
the proposed funding will support activities that respond to the 
economic dislocation attributable to the job losses that led to the 
Cognizable Certification(s) and to ensure that the activities are 
otherwise consistent with an acceptable Strategic Plan. The Impacted 
Community must submit its Strategic Plan for EDA's review and approval 
as part of its application. Note that if the community is relying on a 
CEDS as its Strategic Plan, it need not be re-submitted if EDA already 
has the current version.
    Implementation grants may be provided for construction or non-
construction projects. Such assistance may include: (1) Infrastructure 
improvements, such as site acquisition, site preparation, construction, 
rehabilitation, and equipping of facilities; (2) market or industry 
research and analysis; (3) technical assistance, including 
organizational development such as business networking, restructuring 
or improving the delivery of business services, or feasibility studies; 
(4) public services; (5) training; and (6) other activities justified 
by the Strategic Plan that satisfy applicable statutory and regulatory 
requirements. See 13 CFR 313.7. See section IV. of the FFO announcement 
for information on submitting application packages. EDA will not award 
grant assistance to establish revolving loan funds under the Community 
TAA Program.
    Applicant Eligibility: Under section 271 of the Trade Act, a 
``community'' is eligible to apply to participate in the Community TAA 
Program. The Trade Act defines community as ``a city, county, or other 
political subdivision of a State or a consortium of political 
subdivisions of a State.'' District Organizations formed and operating 
in accordance with 13 CFR 304.2 that coordinate and implement the 
economic development activities of EDA's designated Economic 
Development Districts (EDDs) also are eligible to apply under this 
notice. EDA will review the eligibility of an applicant under this 
notice at the time the application for assistance is received in the 
regional office. See section 271 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2371) and 
13 CFR 313.2.
    In accordance with section 273 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2371b), 
to receive assistance under the Community TAA Program, a community must 
have one or more of the Cognizable Certifications described below made 
with respect to it:
    1. Trade Adjustment Assistance for Workers Program. A certification 
by the Secretary of Labor that a group of workers in the community is 
eligible to apply for assistance under section 223 of the Trade Act (19 
U.S.C. 2273).
    2. Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Program. A certification 
by the Secretary of Commerce that a firm located in the community is 
eligible to apply for adjustment assistance under section 251 of the 
Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2341).
    3. Trade Adjustment Assistance for Farmers Program. A certification 
by the Secretary of Agriculture that a group of agricultural commodity 
producers in the community is eligible to apply for adjustment 
assistance under section 293 of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2401b).
    In order for a community to be eligible to apply for grant 
assistance under this funding opportunity, EDA must make an Affirmative 
Determination that the community is ``significantly affected by the 
threat to, or the loss of, jobs associated with any such 
certification.'' Please note that communities may rely on more than one 
Cognizable Certification to show trade impact for EDA's Affirmative 
Determination as set out in section III.B.4. of the FFO announcement, 
but must use the most recent certification to determine whether the 
community must submit as a Grandfathered Community or as Group A or B 
Standard Date Community.
    Once EDA has made such a determination, the community will be 
referred to as an Impacted Community. See section 273 of the Trade Act 
(19 U.S.C. 2371b) and 13 CFR 313.4. See sections III.B. and III.C. of 
the FFO announcement for more information on program process and timing 
considerations.
    For-profit, private-sector entities are not eligible to apply for 
investment assistance under this notice.
    Cost Sharing Requirement: For Strategic Plan grants, section 
276(c)(1) the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 2371e, 13 CFR 313.6(d)) provides 
that the Federal share of eligible costs may not exceed 75 percent. For 
implementation grants, section 275(d) of the Trade Act (19 U.S.C. 
2371d, 13 CFR 313.7(d)) provides that the Federal share of eligible 
costs may not exceed 95 percent.
    While cash contributions are preferred, in-kind contributions, 
consisting of contributions of space, equipment, or services, may 
provide the required non-Federal share of the total project cost. See 
15 CFR 24.24. EDA will fairly evaluate all in-kind contributions, which 
must be eligible project costs and meet applicable Federal cost 
principles and uniform administrative requirements. Funds from other 
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considered matching share funds only if authorized by statute, which 
may be determined by EDA's reasonable interpretation of the statute. 
See 13 CFR 300.3. The applicant must show that the matching share is 
committed to the project for the project period, is and will be 
available as needed, and is not conditioned or encumbered in any way 
that precludes its use consistent with the requirements of EDA 
investment assistance. See 13 CFR 301.5.
    Application Submission Requirements: The applicant is advised to 
read carefully the instructions contained in the FFO announcement for 
this request for applications and in all forms contained in the 
appropriate application package. Sections III. and IV. of the FFO 
announcement contain important information on application requirements 
and timing considerations for submitting an application. It is the sole 
responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the appropriate 
preapplication or application package is complete and received by EDA.
    Strategic Plan Grant Assistance: To apply for grant assistance to 
develop a Strategic Plan under section 276 of the Trade Act to help the 
Impacted Community adjust to trade impacts, the applicant must be 
determined to be an Impacted Community, and must complete and submit 
the following:
     Form ED-900 (Application for Investment Assistance).
     Form SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance) (Note 
that if the applicant is submitting a full application for a Strategic 
Plan grant that contains information for EDA's Affirmative 
Determination, it must submit only one Form-SF-424. If, however, the 
applicant already has submitted a Form SF-424 in connection with a 
preapplication, it must submit a second Form SF-424 in connection with 
its full application. See section IV.C.2. of the FFO announcement.
     Form SF-424A (Budget Information--Non-Construction 
Programs).
     Form SF-424B (Assurances--Non-Construction Programs).
     Form CD-511 (Certification Regarding Lobbying).
    The applicant also may be required to provide certain lobbying 
information using Form SF-LLL (Disclosure of Lobbying Activities). Form 
ED-900 provides detailed guidance to help the applicant assess whether 
Form SF-LLL is required and how to access the form.
    Implementation Grant Assistance: To apply for an implementation 
grant with construction components, an applicant must be designated as 
an Impacted Community, have an EDA-approved Strategic Plan, and must 
complete and submit the following:
     Form ED-900 (Application for Investment Assistance).
     Form SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance) (Note 
that if an applicant with an existing Strategic Plan is submitting a 
full application for a construction implementation grant that contains 
information for EDA's Affirmative Determination, it must submit only 
one Form-SF-424. If, however, the applicant already has submitted a 
Form SF-424 in connection with a preapplication, it must submit a 
second Form SF-424 in connection with its full application. See section 
IV.C.2. of the FFO announcement.)
     Form SF-424C (Budget Information--Construction Programs).
     Form SF-424D (Assurances--Construction Programs).
     Form CD-511 (Certification Regarding Lobbying).
    To apply for assistance for an implementation grant without 
construction components, an applicant must be designated as an Impacted 
Community, have an EDA-approved Strategic Plan, and must complete and 
submit the following forms:
     Form ED-900 (Application for Investment Assistance).
     Form SF-424 (Application for Federal Assistance) (Note 
that if the community applicant with an existing Strategic Plan is 
submitting a full application for a non-construction implementation 
grant that contains information for EDA's Affirmative Determination, it 
must submit only one Form-SF-424. If, however, the applicant already 
has submitted a Form SF-424 in connection with a preapplication, it 
must submit a second Form SF-424 in connection with its full 
application. See section IV.C.2. of the FFO announcement.)
     Form SF-424A (Budget Information--Non-Construction 
Programs).
     Form SF-424B (Assurances--Non-Construction Programs).
     Form CD-511 (Certification Regarding Lobbying).
    Applicants for both construction and non-construction 
implementation grants may be required to provide certain lobbying 
information using Form SF-LLL (Disclosure of Lobbying Activities). The 
Form ED-900 provides detailed guidance to help the applicant assess 
whether Form SF-LLL is required and how to access it.
    Project Narrative at Item 15 of Form SF-424: As noted above, the 
Project Narrative included in applications as an attachment to item 15 
in the Form SF-424 must include a discussion of the following:
     Significance of Trade Impact.-- If the applicant has not 
already submitted a preapplication, the narrative must include all 
information for EDA's Affirmative Determination as set out at section 
III.B.4 of the FFO announcement. See section III.B.4. of the FFO 
announcement to ensure all necessary information is submitted.
     Strategic Plan.-- If the application is for a grant to 
create a Strategic Plan or update an existing Strategic Plan, the 
narrative must discuss how the proposed plan will be consistent section 
276 of the Trade Act and 13 CFR 313.6. See also sections III.C.1. and 
IV.A.1. of the FFO announcement.
     Strategic Plan Implementation.--If the application is for 
a grant to implement a Strategic Plan, the narrative must discuss how 
the proposed project is consistent with that plan and describe how the 
proposed funding will enable the applicant to carry out activities 
pursuant to that plan. See also sections III.C.2. and IV.A.2. of the 
FFO announcement.
     Scope of Work and Anticipated Results.--The narrative must 
discuss what the EDA funds will support and the anticipated results.
     Project Fit with EDA Mission and Priorities.--The 
narrative must discuss how the proposed project satisfies the 
evaluation criteria set out in section V.A of the FFO announcement.
    If the applicant already has submitted a preapplication for EDA's 
Affirmative Determination, the Project Narrative may not exceed eight 
pages in length, double-spaced text, with approximately 200 to 300 
words per page, including any attachments, but not including the cover 
page. The eight-page limit is an upper limit only; therefore, 
applicants should be as concise as possible.
    Note that if an applicant is submitting a full application for a 
grant application that also contains all information for EDA's 
Affirmative Determination, the applicant must also include the 
information required under section III.B.4. of the FFO announcement. 
The information required for EDA's Affirmative Determination may not 
exceed an additional five pages in length, double-spaced text, with 
approximately 200 to 300 words per page. The five-page limit for this 
information is an upper limit only; and applicants should be concise as 
possible. Such an applicant still has the full eight pages for its full 
application Project Narrative as noted above.
    Content and Form of the Form ED-900: Form ED-900 is required for a 
full grant application to develop a Strategic

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Plan or implement a project in a Strategic Plan under the Community TAA 
Program. Based on whether an Impacted Community is submitting an 
application for a Strategic Plan grant or for an implementation grant, 
the following tables detail the sections and exhibits in Form ED-900 
that an Impacted Community must complete.

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  Application for strategic plan grant                        Required form ED-900 sections
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On the initial page of Section A of      Complete Sections A, C, E, and F and Exhibit C
 Form ED-900, check that you are
 applying for Economic Adjustment
 Assistance. In section B(3)(C), check
 that you are applying under ``Special
 need,'' and check ``Negative effects
 of changing trade patterns'' under the
 ``Special need'' paragraph.
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   Application for implementation
               grant                    Required form ED-900 sections
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On the initial page of Section A of  Complete Sections A, B, and K, and
 Form ED-900, check that you are      Exhibit C. Also complete Sections
 applying for Economic Adjustment     M and Exhibits A, D, and E if the
 Assistance. In section B(3)(C),      application has construction
 check that you are applying under    components and Section N if the
 ``Special need,'' and check          application has only design/
 ``Negative effects of changing       engineering requirements. Complete
 trade patterns'' under the           Section E if the application has
 ``Special need'' paragraph.          no construction components.
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    Intergovernmental Review: Applications for assistance under EDA's 
programs are subject to the State review requirements imposed by 
Executive Order 12372, ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal 
Programs.''

Evaluation and Selection Procedures

1. Technical Review

    Staff in EDA's regional offices will undertake a technical review 
of each application to ensure that all required forms, signatures, and 
documentation are present and that the application is in compliance 
with the technical requirements set out in the FFO announcement, 
including requirements related to Cognizable Certifications and 
eligibility as a community. The technical review also will help 
determine if the proposed project is responsive to the objectives set 
out in the FFO. Applications that do not meet the technical 
requirements set out in the FFO will not be referred to the review 
panel.

2. Review Panel

    Each regional office will convene a panel to review the merits of 
each application based on the criteria set forth in the FFO. The review 
panel will consist of Federal employees and may consist of others 
recommended by the Regional Director of the applicable regional office. 
At least three members of the review panel will be EDA staff members. 
The review panel will evaluate independently and rate and rank 
competitively all technically sufficient applications based on the 
evaluation criteria listed in section V.A. of the FFO announcement.
    The review panel's rating and ranking of the applications will be 
presented to the regional office's Investment Review Committee (IRC). 
After reviewing the panel's process and recommendations, the IRC may 
either: (i) Forward the panel's ranked list, unaltered and in its 
entirety, to the Selecting Official (defined below); or (ii) identify 
any deficiencies in the review process and direct the review panel to 
begin the process anew. If the IRC directs the panel to re-evaluate the 
applications, the review panel will undertake the process again and 
submit a revised rating and ranking of the applications to the IRC.

3. Selecting Official and Selecting Factors

    Under this notice, the Regional Director in each regional office is 
the Selecting Official. EDA expects to fund the highest ranking 
applications. The Selecting Official will normally follow the 
recommendations of the review panel; however, the Selecting Official 
may decide not to make a selection, or may select an application out of 
rank order for several reasons, including:
    a. A determination that the application better meets the ov