Young entrepreneurs prove influential in rural towns' futures
The future of small rural towns lies in the hands of skillful young entrepreneurs who are eager to succeed with local businesses.
However, it is often difficult to attract young people to move to or stay in rural communities upon high school graduation. Clearly, It is the perceived lack of careers that causes many rural youth to believe that they must leave their hometowns and never return. Thus, rural communities must provide appealing career opportunities to increase young adult population.
Also, in order to develop future entrepreneurs, communities must take action early within their education curriculum, incorporating entrepreneurship and leadership courses, community service involvement, and peer networking.
To view the full article by Craig Schroeder, visit Daily Yonder
NET 2015 Call for Porposals
The NET 2015 Call for Proposals is now open. A 400 word abstract should be submitted through our online form at
We are pleased to have Keynote Speakers Carol Patterson of Kalahari Management and Kelly De Schaun of the Galveston Parks Board & CVB confirmed for the conference and are finalizing an exiting and engaging set of field programs for the first day of the conference! Initial information is posted on the conference web site.
Please find the attached information regarding The National Extension Tourism Conference (NET 2015) http://extensiontourism.net , being held in Galveston, Texas October 27-30, 2015. This is an outstanding opportunity for both service providers and tourism businesses to share their success stories, programs and research with others who are interested in tourism activities. Please share with anyone who may be interested
Learn More | March 2, 2015
SRDC Annual Report
SRDC is constantly moving forward to create a better future for a better South. The 2014 SRDC Annual Report captures how to create communties by the variety of Extension and Research activities spearheaded by the Center over the past year in partnership with its land-grant university colleagues and key external collaborators
The report devotes special attention to SRDC projects that broaden the voices of the people who are working together to make life better for their communities and regions. Our Turning the Tide on Poverty initiative, Stronger Economies Together (SET) program, and ReadyCommunity training all promote citizen engagement and community vitality.
Please take a look and explore the accomplishments and highlights in the 2014 SRDC Annual Report.
Learn More | February 18, 2015
Community Behavioral Health Early Warning System - Index Partner Communities - Call for Proposals 2015
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, and the Regional Rural Development Centers are partnering to implement a national program of early warning systems with respect to community-level incidence of behavioral health issues (e.g. substance abuse, mental illness). Increasing behavioral health issues impose costs on communities via treatment, law enforcement, and long-term impacts on individual and family productivity. The incidence of these issues and how they are expressed varies by place and across time, so local monitoring and intervention techniques are important.
Learn More | February 18, 2015
Bonnie Teater Award Nominations are Due April 1
The Southern Rural Development Center is pleased to announce that nominations are being sought for the Bonnie Teater Community Development Early Career Achievement Award for 2015. This award honors the work of a "rising star" who has already achieved great things in his/her early career in community development.
Learn More | January 26, 2015
Phase V of SET Launching in January 2015
Stronger Economies Together, a partnership between Cooperative Extension Service, USDA RD, the four Regional Rural Development Centers, NIFA, and Purdue Center for Regional Development, is launching Phase V. SET V is taking a brand new approach based on an extensive review of the program. Significant improvements to engage participants has been made; a civic engagement module added which will increase stakeholder involvement and buy-in; and a more streamlined approach which reduces the number of modules and gives greater flexibility to adapt to the capacity of that region. Most importantly, significant time will be devoted to launching the plan into implementation.
Learn More | December 11, 2014