Pittsburgh's Progress. Once the center of the steel industry, Pittsburgh had an astonishingly high unemployment rate by the early 1980's and had shuttered three-quarters of its steel-making capacity by end of the decade. By the 21st century, the city had transformed itself into one of America's most livable cities (dubbed so by Forbes and The Economist, for instance), with robust nonprofit and biotech sectors. Pittsburgh's economic progress has come with the help of public-private partnerships, business friendliness, and, most recently, the highly engaged Mayor Bill Peduto, profiled in the following article: Read about Pittsburgh's turnaround.
Food Stamp Funding Untapped. More than 46 million low-income Americans receive food stamps, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). But why do most states miss out on SNAP funding for workforce benefits to increase employment and earnings? Arguably, the 50-50 match requirement, and, as Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack argues, lack of awareness. Increase your awareness.
OMB Uniform Guidance at a Glance. As some of you know—certainly the auditors—major grant reform takes effect December 26, 2014. eCivis was fortunate enough to attend the Maryland Governor's Grant Conference last week as Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officials took Q&A on the changing landscape of grant compliance. While we prepare some of the takeaways from the conference, we wanted to share a helpful sheet showing the general changes from the old guidance to the new. Click here for the 1-pager, and click below to assess your situation: