Plan of Work
Changing Needs in Changing Times
FY 2008

Other Support Activities

There are a variety of activities that the SRDC will continue to undertake that help to keep its stakeholders – especially our region’s 29 land-grant schools – aware of key rural development activities, opportunities, and issues. Collectively, these efforts help to strengthen the capacity of our region’s land-grant schools to focus on high priority rural development research and Extension outreach efforts. The key support activities we will pursue in FY08 include:

  1. Maintain active communication with land-grant faculty and other clientele in the South. This will be done by the following channels:
    1. Provide up-to-date information via the SRDC website.
    2. Publish Around the South newsletter on a monthly basis, a newsletter that provides information on a host of rural development issues relevant to the South and nation.
    3. Publish Grant Connections six times a year, an electronic newsletter that offers information on grant funding available to support research and applied activities in the community/rural development area.
  2. Conduct multi-state training that provides Extension faculty in the region with foundational and advanced training on community/economic development topics.
  3. Coordinate bi-monthly calls of Extension community development program leaders in the Southern region.
  4. Coordinate the annual meeting of the community development program leaders carried out as part of the Southern Region Program Leadership Network (PLN) conference, as well as work with the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors (ASRED) in managing all the logistics associated with the PLN meeting.
  5. Meet with the regional leadership of the 1862 and 1890 research and extension leaders in the South to help inform and guide their rural development efforts in their states.
  6. Host quarterly calls of the SRDC Board of Directors and the Technical and Operational Advisory Committee, and organize an annual face-to-face meeting of these two groups in the region to ensure that the Center continues to meet the research and Extension outreach needs of its primary audiences.
  7. Participate, as needed, in statewide community/rural development efforts of land-grant institutions in the region.
  8. Maintain strong working ties and interactions with the SRDC’s sister Regional Rural Development Center staff, with CSREES and with other federal partners who can further advance the work of the SRDC in the Southern region. Coordinate a meeting of the Executive Committees of the four regional center boards to explore avenues for further enhancing the work of the regional centers across the nation.
  9. Continue to provide technical assistance to the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) and the national team community development program leaders.
  10. Build and strengthen working ties with important non-land-grant university partners, including rural community colleges, nonprofit organizations, regional agencies, and foundations.
  11. Continue to work in documenting the impact of its regional activities by continuing an accountability system for the SRDC and generating key success stories that have their roots in the work of the SRDC in the region.
  12. Continue to participate in national social science professional associations to maintain knowledge of the latest developments in applied research and Extension/outreach techniques in rural development.