NARDeP Center sponsors March 18 rural broadband webinar

The National Agricultural & Rural Development Policy (NARDeP) Center will host a free webinar, “Rural Broadband Availability and Adoption: Evidence, Policy Changes, and Options,” on Monday, March 18 at 10 a.m. (CT).

The webinar will use the most recent data on rural broadband availability and adoption to:

• Detail the nature and extent of the broadband digital divide
• Assess factors that strengthen or impede broadband adoption by rural households (including the role of 'Connected Nation' programs in several states)
• Estimate the contribution of broadband to several measures of economic health in rural areas
• Discuss policy options most relevant for increasing economic development opportunities related to broadband in rural America

About the speaker(s):

Brian Whitacre is an associate professor in the department of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University. His research, Extension, and teaching appointments are focused on rural economic development, with a heavy emphasis on the role of broadband access.
Roberto Gallardo is an associate Extension professor at Mississippi State University, where he serves as project manager for the statewide broadband adoption initiative.
Sharon Strover is a Regents Professor in Communication at University of Texas, where she directs the Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute.

Access the Webinar:

To access the free webinar, go tohttp://connect.msu.edu/nardep

After opening the link, you will notice “Enter as a guest” as the default choice. Please type your name into the text box provided, and click on “Enter room”. You are now in the meeting room for this webinar.


For more information, please contact Rosa Soliz at soliz@msu.edu at our sister regional rural development center, the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development.

CREATE BRIDGES National Team Recognized by the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) at their 2021 Annual Conference

The CREATE BRIDGES national team was recently recognized as a regional and national award runner-up by the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) at their 2021 Annual Conference, held virtually on May 15-19. Team members include Rachel Welborn, Grace Langford, and Russ Garner (Southern Rural Development Center [SRDC]); Alison Davis, Daniel Kahl, and Mercedes Maness (Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky at University of Kentucky); Stacey McCullough, Julianne Dunn, Brandon Mathews, Hazelle Whited, and Murriel Wiley (University of Arkansas); Sara Siems and Mike Woods (Oklahoma State University); Becky Bowen, Susan Jakes, and Chanel Nestor (North Carolina State University); Susan Odum and Zachary Kennedy (University of Illinois); Michael Patrick, Patrick Vanderpool, and Tim Hagaman (New Mexico State University, Greater Tucumcari Economic Development Corporation, and New Mexico Economic Development Department [respectively]). Funding for CREATE BRIDGES is provided by Walmart.

Rachel Welborn, Associate Director at the SRDC and principle investigator on the project, noted this, “The CREATE BRIDGES team has demonstrated incredible innovation and creativity in addressing rural retail concerns in the trenches of the COVID-19 pandemic which threatened these businesses on an unprecedented scale. I am so pleased to be a part of such a dedicated team of Community Development Specialists.”

NACDEP has over 350 individual memberships, representing more than 40 states and territories. Active members are currently employed as Extension professionals with at least a 25% extension appointment with responsibilities or strong interests in community and economic development.

To read the full press release, click here

Monica Babine Awarded 2021 Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion Award

The Benton Institute for Broadband & Society recently announced their Charles Benton Digital Equity Champions for 2021. Monica Babine, a member of the National Digital Education Leadership Team (NDEET) has been named the 2021 Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion recipient for her service of more than 25 years in the field of digital equity. Currently she is the Senior Associate leading the Program of Digital Initiatives within the Division of Governmental Studies and Services (DGSS) at Washington State University.

In addition to serving on NDEET, she is also active within several other national, state, and regional groups such as the National Telecommunications Information Administration State Broadband Leaders Network, Rural Telecommunications Congress, Partners for Rural Washington, WSU Economic Council, and the Stevens County Broadband Action Team.

The Southern Rural Development Center would like congratulate Monica Babine on this prestigious award as she is most deserving of this honor for her tireless service in which she focuses on rural and economic development, e-connectivity, and telecommunications. SRDC has benefitted greatly from Monica’s expertise through NDEET, which SRDC helps to coordinate.

To read the full press release, click here

John J. Green Named New Director of the Southern Rural Development Center

On August 1st, John J. Green will become director of SRDC.

He is a professor of sociology and senior research associate with the Center for Population Studies at the University of Mississippi where he previously was director of the center and the State Data Center of Mississippi at UM.
Green has worked primarily in Mississippi and the South, but his career has also reached internationally. His background includes policy development, community-based research, rural sociology and community development, and socioeconomic vulnerability and resilience.

To read the full press release, click here

Virtual Workshop: Building Community Capacity Around Youth

December 8th & 9th, 1PM - 3:30 PM Central Time

USDA’s Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement, in collaboration with the Regional Rural Development Centers, is inviting you to join a multi-day virtual workshop on Building Community Capacity around Rural Youth Workforce Development. This event is designed for community organizers and planners that work on this important topic on a state or community level, such as: community planners/organizers, Extension professionals, elected/appointed county and city officials, 4-H Extension agents/staff, career services professionals, parent/teacher organizations, youth-serving organizations, community foundations, and youth-serving workforce development organizations/agencies

During this two part series, participants will:

  • Gain train the trainer tools, skill sets and resources related to identifying and using community assets, plan development and SMART goals.
  • Learn how to apply tools for guiding opportunities to build, sustain, or grow rural youth workforce development within their community.
  • Distinguish between technical, life, soft, and hard skills, and the benefits of each.
  • Increase awareness of how to match youth talents with available opportunities in their community.

Learn More// November 9th, 2020

Building Capacity to Serve Socially Disadvantaged Farmers & Ranchers:
3-Part Virtual Train-the-Trainer Series

This three-part train-the-trainer series covers some of the major challenges faced by socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and provides professionals serving this audience with a set of tools to help them build capacity among these farmers.

Who Should Attend? This workshop is designed for professionals working to help socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Land-Grant University professionals
  • 2501 Grantees
  • Non-profit Organizations
Participants can join one or all the sessions. However, joining all three will produce the most value. The segment topics are:
  • Farm Financial Literacy
  • Heirs’ Property – Strategies to Identify, Address and Prevent Challenges
  • Extension and Service Provider Strategies for Farm Bill Opportunities
*Please note that participants must register for each workshop individually

Learn More// October 8th, 2020

Webinar – Spanning the Digital Divide: Extension Opportunities to Make a Difference

April 29th @ 12 p.m. CT/1 p.m. ET

The COVID-19 crisis has shown an even harsher light on the digital divide that already plagues the nation. As individuals began efforts to work or learn from home, people that lack broadband access or skills struggle to keep up. What can Cooperative Extension do to help bolster resources to these communities? The National Digital Extension Education Team will share practical guidance into what has been successful in navigating these challenges. Join us for a one hour webinar to explore together.

Learn More// April 23 rd, 2020

Southern CRD Webinar: Rural Resiliency – How to Support Mental Health in Rural Communities

April 14, 2020 @ 1pm CT/2pm ET

Stress is a mounting problem in rural and agricultural communities presenting some particular challenges to providing effective support. Both acknowledgment of stress and access to mental health resources is an important strategy in building rural resiliency. In this webinar we will talk about the current state of rural mental health, how rural stress is becoming more pervasive and a subject of public discourse. We will talk about key partnerships in this work and share some innovative ideas and initiatives happening across the South and ways you can get involved.

Learn More// April 1 st, 2020

Resources for Working During COVID-19

The Regional Rural Development Centers have compiled a list of resources for those working, teaching, and learning remotely. We will be updating this page as additional resources become available. Please send additional resources to be posted to Katherine Spiering.

Learn More// March 26 th, 2020

Southern CRD Webinar: The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing: Addressing Housing Issues from the Bottom Up

March 19, 2020 @ 10am CT/11am ET

This webinar presentation will provide a general overview of housing issues in the U.S. and more specifically the Southeast as well as, outline the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH). It will provide details about how the program operates and outline some successful communities.

Learn More// March 2 nd, 2020

Coming Together for Racial Understanding 2nd Train-the-Trainer Event

Steve Turner and Ramona HectorIn October of 2019, a second Train-the-Trainer workshop was held as a part of the Coming Together for Racial Understanding. This event included teams from six additional states. From both trainings there are now 26 states participating in this project. Following the train-the-trainer workshops, all states are expected to 1) engage professionals within the CES system in the home state dialogues and 2) host a dialogue in at least one community.

Learn More// December 20 th, 2019

National CRED Indicators Team Webinar:
The 'But for' Principle: Getting to Your Impact

October 2, 2019 @ 12:00pm CT/1:00pm ET

Extension and other organizations are often asked by stakeholders – including county, state and Federal funders – to document the impacts of their efforts in order to merit continued support. In this case, “impacts” are the changes in conditions that can be attributed to a program. One option to collect these impacts is to use the "but for" attribution principle. This method involves asking informed community members whether the program was a critical factor in producing the resulting impacts. This webinar provides some background on impact evaluation strategies, information about the "but for" principle, and practical tips for collecting evaluation data based on this principle.

Scott Chazdon, University of Washington
Rebecca Sero, Washington State University
Josset Gauley, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Learn More// October 1st, 2019

Southern CRD Webinar Series:
Creating Bridges for the Rural Retail Workforce: Bringing Businesses and Employees Together to Identify Long-Term Employment Solutions for Rural Retail

July 26, 2019 @ 12:30pm CT/1:30pm ET

Retail, entertainment, accommodation, and tourism sector jobs are a growing share of rural employment. In some rural South communities, these jobs represent the only local employment opportunities for residents with limited or no college education, since manufacturing, mining, and other industries left in the latter part of the 20th century. In addition, these sectors provide critical jobs for those seeking to enter, or re-enter, the workforce and have proven to be economic development engines. However, these jobs often suffer from low wages, no obvious career path, and experience high rates of turnover, despite the economic importance these sectors may have in rural communities. CREATE BRIDGES is a multi-state initiative to strengthen retail, entertainment, accommodation, and tourism industries in rural communities. The process is designed to: raise awareness of the role these important businesses play; determine challenges negatively impacting these businesses and workforce participation; and implement strategies to strengthen them within selected regions.

Learn More// July 15th, 2019

Southern CRD Webinar Series:
Telling the Whole Story: Economic Contribution and Cotton Cooperatives

June 18, 2019 @ 11:00am CT/12:00pm ET

Cooperative businesses are an important part of the cotton value chain. They also have unique characteristics that lead to misunderstandings about their operation and value to their communities. Extension specialists and cooperative professionals across Texas and Oklahoma have joined in an effort to share the true story of cooperation by measuring the economic contribution of these businesses.

Learn More// June 4th, 2019

Southern CRD Webinar Series:
Community Food Systems: A Space for Ecology, Justice, and Markets

May 30, 2019 @ 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

In this webinar, Eric Bendfeldt, Extension Specialist for Community Viability with Virginia Cooperative Extension highlights ongoing work with Local, Regional, and Community Food Systems, which includes an emphasis on soil health, justice, and facilitating farm to table connections and conversations.

Learn More// May 13th, 2019

Southern CRD Webinar:
Building a Regional Coalition for Natural Resource Conservation

April 26, 2019 @ 12:00pm CT/1:00pm ET

Natural Resources are an important component of the regional economy in western Kentucky and Tennessee that comprise the Riverlands region. There is a growing interest in building regional capacity to address the challenges faced by communities for the sustainability of natural resources. Extension specialists and agents from Kentucky and Tennessee facilitated a workshop to engage stakeholders with a goal of identifying and prioritizing projects that support outdoor recreation, sustainable resource use, and a high quality of life, while promoting the heritage of the Riverlands region. This session will discuss a collaborative effort between University of Kentucky and University of Tennessee to build a regional coalition for natural resource conservation in the Riverlands region.

Learn More// April 5th, 2019

National CRED Indicators Team Webinar:
Data Visualization: Decision-Making Tools and Methods for Communities

April 22, 2019 @ 11:00am PST/12:00pm MST/1:00pm CST/2:00pm EST

Extension professionals are faced with a challenge to present complex data in simple, understandable information to decision makers. Most often, this information is visualized in the form of maps, charts, and infographics to understand patterns in communities. This webinar will include a discussion of the data, tools and methods used by three experts to help communities visualize information. The panel discussion will focus on innovative methods to generate, track and communicate information to community and economic development stakeholders.

Learn More// April 8th, 2019

Southern CRD Webinar:
Equipping Georgia’s New Farmers for Success

March 26, 2019 @ 2:00pm CT/3:00pm ET

Agriculture has long been the most important part of Georgia’s economy with a Farm Gate Value of over $13.8 Billion. There is a growing interest in niche crops and value added products with the number of small to mid-size farms increasing. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is partnering with the UGA Small Business Development Center to train the next generation of farmers in both agriculture production as well as farm business management. Successful growers and producers are first and foremost business people. This session will discuss recent collaborative efforts to promote Georgia’s number one industry and economic driver – agriculture.

Learn More// March 5th, 2019

Southern CRD Webinar:
Empowering Minority Students with an Entrepreneurial Mindset

February 28, 2019 @ 2pm CT/3pm ET

The United We Can (Unidos Se Puede) program in Tulsa, OK, empowers black and Latino/a students with skills and resources to pursue higher education. The foundation of the program is an entrepreneurial mindset: a way of thinking that uses critical thinking, problem solving and creativity to see opportunities, learn from failure, and build ones self-efficacy. While these are critical to starting and running a successful business, they are also tools for a successful life. On the foundation of this mindset, the program erects three pillars of programming: success coaches, family workshops, and a summer academy. Students and parents learn essential skills, increase family cohesion, develop positive peer relationship that reinforce and support an entrepreneurial mindset. Evaluations of the program suggest that participants have better school attendance, higher grades, and lower participation rates in negative behaviors.

Learn More// February 14th, 2019

Southern CRD Webinar:
Exploring Ways to Engage Limited Resource Communities in Disaster Education – Strategies from the 1890 EDEN Advisory Group

January 22, 2019 @ 1pm CT/2pm ET

The 1890 EDEN Advisory Group was formed in response to foster better 1890 LGUs participation in EDEN and to devise a coordinated strategy to create and deliver effective educational programs and training that targets limited resource audiences. It is widely known that limited resource communities are often the least prepared, lack disaster resources and/or do not receive the timely assistance necessary to promote disaster resilience in their communities. The purpose of the webinar is to delve into strategies for providing disaster education resources to a diverse clientele, the kind of partnerships needed at the state level to support this work, and lessons learned in emergency planning and preparedness that empower communities to be resilient during disaster-related events.

Presenters: 1890 EDEN Advisory Group
  • Michelle Eley, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Noel Estwick, Prairie View A&M State University
  • Rita Fleming, Tennessee State University
  • Gill Finley, Kentucky State University
  • Rodney Stone, USDA-OPPE/Tuskegee University
  • Warren Buchanan, Tuskegee University
  • Kimberly Davis, Florida A&M University

Learn More// January 7th, 2019

Southern CRD Webinar:
Community Engagement through Partnership

December 5, 2018 @ 11am CT/12pm ET

As Extension Specialist our engagement with reputable partners will allow us to broaden the impact in the communities we serve and increase our volunteer base. This webinar will provide you with information on establishing a partnership with the IRS through their Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Because of the local and national advertisement, we receive from this partnership we are afforded the opportunity to advertise the value of the County Extension Agents. The community is provided accessibility to receiving tax preparation, the Extension Agent is trained to become Certified Tax Preparers and most important, citizens on a limited and fixed budget save money with the FREE tax preparation. This is one partnership you will want to be a part of!

Learn More// November 20th, 2018

National CRED Indicators Team Webinar:
What’s Your Program Worth? Evaluation Strategies for Documenting the Dollar Value of Extension Programs

November 20, 2018 @ 1pm CT/2pm ET

Presenters: Rebecca Sero, Washington State University; Scott Chazdon, University of Minnesota: Brigid Tuck, University of Minnesota; Catherine Rasmussen, University of Minnesota

Extension stakeholders, most notably county commissioners, often need to justify their decisions to continue funding Extension and need more than evaluation data on program outcomes. They want to know the economic benefits of their Extension funding in their communities. This webinar provides two case studies of evaluation efforts to document the return on investment of Extension programming. Rebecca Sero will describe efforts to document the economic impact of all Extension programming in two counties in Washington state. Brigid Tuck, Catie Rasmussen and Scott Chazdon will present their study of return on investment for a leadership program in McLeod County, Minnesota. Both of these efforts combined quantitative and qualitative methods to collect data on the dollar value of Extension programming. The session is moderated by Sreedhar Upendram, an Assistant Professor in Agricultural Economics at University of Tennessee Extension with expertise in Economic Impact Analysis.

Learn More// November 13th, 2018

Southern CRD Webinar Series:
Does Extension Need Highly Visible Educational Programs Beyond the Farm, Families and Youth?

November 13, 2018 @ 2pm CT/3pm ET

Learn about Florida Extension’s partnership with the Florida Association of Counties in training county elected commissioners. The program began on a formal basis in 1996. It has evolved from a single basic County Commissioner Certification (CCC) program with the addition of an Advanced Commissioner Certification (ACC) and will soon add a third legacy class (yet to be named). Over the past 20 years there have been over 400 CCC graduates and over 200 ACC graduates representing virtually every county in the state.

Learn More// October 30th, 2018

Southern CRD Webinar Series:
Citizenship in Action: How Extension Can Engage and Educate Voters on Ballot Issues

October 30, 2018 @ 2pm CT/3pm ET

Even without commercials, mailers and social media noise, voters can have a difficult time understanding the implications of proposed laws and policy changes they're asked to vote on Election Day. This webinar looks at Arkansas' model of voter engagement and shares how Extension professionals can incorporate ballot issue education into programs for voters of all ages.

Learn More// October 8th, 2018

Southern CRD Webinar Series:
Chalk and Talk: A Different Approach to Community Engagement

September 28, 2018 @ 2:00pm CT/3:00pm ET

The ‘Chalk and Talk’ program seeks to engage people in a creative and accessible way about their feelings, thoughts and views on their city’s downtown. In essence it is a way to informally gather and summarize the varying views and experiences of attendees of local festivals and events about the city while they are immersed in it. The intent is that this information can inspire dialogue and help inform the preliminary steps taken towards longer term design, planning and revitalization initiatives.

Learn More// September 6th, 2018

Southern CRD Webinar:
CPTED, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design

July 24th, 2018 @ 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

Practitioners, volunteers, and users can learn how design, management, and positive use of the environment can reduce fear of places & discourage opportunities for crime. In turn, they can sustain or improve the quality of public spaces and places in our communities and their intended benefits. Basic CPTED concepts & case studies will be highlighted.

Learn More// July 5th, 2018

Southern CRD Webinar:
Financial Capability as Community Development

June 20th, 2018 @ 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

This webinar invites you to participate in a discussion around building a case for improving financial capability as a method of community development. We will look at current data trends, review research on effective interventions, and provide resources for next steps for communities.

Learn More// June 13th, 2018

Southern CRD Webinar:
Increasing Stakeholder Involvement to Build Capacity and Promote Sustainability of Healthy Communities

May 24, 2018 @ 9:00am CT/10:00am ET

How do Extension agents engage stakeholders in significant roles to address community health? What are the challenges and benefits of community based participatory research focused on healthy communities? What do county agents gain from involving stakeholders to achieve policy, systems and environmental changes? This webinar will share lessons learned and successful strategies from county Extension programs currently focused on building healthy communities.

Learn More// May 2nd, 2018

National CRED Indicators Team Webinar:
Evaluating Community Development Impacts Using Qualitative Indicators

April 23, 2018 @ 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

Measuring the impact of work community development professionals engage in is critical to ensure its continuation. While many focus on quantitative measures, this webinar will provide successful examples of using qualitative methods to evaluate this work. A pilot evaluation study that used newly developed qualitative indicators will be shared. Additionally, two specific case examples will be provided; one of a community foundation education program evaluation and one of a community health assessment on the Crow Indian Reservation. Discussion will focus on challenges and opportunities in working with organizations outside of Extension, as well as the context for applying qualitative approaches and communicating outcomes across settings.

Rebecca Sero, Washington State University
Dr. Rebecca Sero is the Evaluation Specialist for Washington State University Extension. In this position, Sero leads a statewide evaluation effort and is responsible for increasing WSU Extension's capacity to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of its programs and services. Primarily, she works closely with teams to conduct periodic, focused evaluations of major WSU Extension programs. Additionally, Sero also develops and disseminates evaluation best practices and tools for use by Extension educators and develops evaluation-related professional development opportunities. For additional information, please visit her website.

Paul Lachapelle, Montana State University
Paul Lachapelle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Montana State University-Bozeman and serves as the Extension Community Development Specialist. Working in partnership with the Local Government Center, his responsibilities involve providing research, technical assistance, and training on various community development topics in communities across the state. Specifically, he provides resources and programs in many areas including community strategic visioning, local governance, and leadership development training.

Learn More// April 3rd, 2018

Southern CRD Webinar:
Leadership Development: A Process of Un-doing Understanding

April 26, 2018 @ 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

As Extension professionals, we are called to promote and support the leadership necessary for a wide variety of education programs. There is no shortage of books on leadership, but it can be difficult to discern the practical guidance appropriate for the context and stakeholders of Extension. Within this webinar, we will revisit conventional leadership concepts and frame them in light of new insights. As a result of the webinar, participants will be able to identify resources that can be used to guide distributed and networked approaches to leadership.

Learn More// March 27th, 2018

Southern CRD Webinar:
The Opioid Epidemic: Considering Extension's Role and Virginia's Multi-Faceted Approach

March 20th, 2018 @ 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

This session will provide an overview of the opioid epidemic, inform participants of current strategies being implemented to address it, and explore additional opportunities to effect change from an Extension perspective.

Learn More// March 12th, 2018

National CRED Indicators Team Webinar:
Understanding and Evaluating Collective Impact Initiatives

February 22, 2018 @ 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

The Collective Impact Model has the potential for bringing organizations and partners together to address a common set of goals. This webinar will provide an overview of the model -- the contexts in which it may be useful, the strategies for making it successful, and current criticisms of its use. Evaluation strategies for assessing both the formative and summative aspects of collective impact models will also be discussed.
Presenters: Walt Whitmer, Scott Chazdon, Deb Tootle, and Allison Nichols

Learn More// February 20th, 2018

Upcoming CRD Webinar
Creating a Sense of Community Through the 5 C’s of Social Capital and Cultural Competency

In a time of divisiveness in our nation, it is even more important for our communities to be able to have a sense of community – for people to live in a place where they feel they belong, where they can engage and contribute, and in return feel respected and valued. This is also essential for a community to operate at the speed of trust, able to respond to crises and opportunities that require action within a short time frame, and to foster development that is sustainable over the long term. This webinar will explore five elements of social capital through this lens, plus scenarios that portray cultural competency at its worst and best. You won’t want to miss it!

Learn More// January 30th, 2018

Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues:
How Can I Be of Service? Determining the Best Role for Community Engagement

Cooperative Extension has a mandate to assess community needs and assist with community issues, but how agents engage with communities will vary by topic, need and situation. This webinar is an interactive session that will explore different roles agents might fill as they work for community change. We will discuss the different roles Extension can serve when creating community change including: informing, being a catalyst for change, innovating change; or orchestrating change – and when and how these roles may change.

Dan Kahl is an Assistant Professor in the Community and Leadership Development Department and Assistant Director of CEDIK at the University of Kentucky. He is an Extension Specialist in community development with an emphasis in community leadership.

Learn More// January 2nd, 2018

Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues:
Starting a Rural Library Hotspot Lending Program

Libraries across the country are beginning to implement hotspot lending programs in an effort to bridge the digital divide in their communities. These programs loan out “hotspots” to library patrons for 1 week or more, allowing individuals without a connection to access the Internet from their own homes. Come learn more about how you can help get these programs up and running, including lessons learned from a pilot project with 4 rural libraries in Oklahoma.

Learn More// November 21st, 2017

Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues:
The Role of Arts in Cooperative Extension

October 26, 2017 @ 9:00am CT/10:00am ET

This webinar will provide an overview of the role arts can play in extension. We will share strategies that have been successful in the state of Kentucky, from theater productions to pottery classes to market events for artist and crafters. The session will end with guiding principles of how arts can be applied successfully to extension work.

Learn More// September 22nd, 2017

National CRED Indicators Team Webinar:
Estimating the Economic Impact of Programs: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

October 3, 2017 @ 1:30pm CT/2:30pm ET

A brief overview of approaches used to estimate program impact. How IMPLAN has been used in Extension will be shared as well as best practices and lessons learned.

Presenters will be Nancy Bowen and Greg Davis. Nancy Bowen is a Community Economics Field Specialist focusing on community economic development programming and issues affecting communities throughout Ohio. Specialization areas include impact analysis, community and regional planning, BRE, entrepreneurship, and renewable energy development. Greg Davis serves as Assistant Director, Ohio State University Extension - Community Development. In this capacity he leads field-based Extension specialists and educators engaged in the development of community, organizational and individual capacity to improve civic, environmental and economic conditions throughout Ohio.

Learn More// September 7th, 2017

Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues: Show Me the Money- Funding and Financing Community and Economic Development

April 4, 2017 @ 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

Many communities and regions have great vision and plans, but are unable to bring them to completion due to lack of funding or financing. This webinar will present a comprehensive approach to funding and financing community and economic development in the 21st century, including 8 secrets to success, 12 major funding strategies, and exemplary case studies.

Learn More// March 22th, 2017

Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues:
Using Aging-In-Place to Connect At-Risk Youth and Seniors:

July 20th, 2016 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

The Innovative Dads Program uses local fathers from churches, who are trained by me and a local Pastor (Gerard Duncan) who is a building maintenance superintendent, to perform repairs to homes in under served areas of Gainesville, FL. The fathers gain access to elderly residents€™ homes in the area because they are trusted due to the Pastor's connections to the neighborhoods. Further, the fathers bring local youth into the homes to observe the upgrades so the youth can learn how to repair homes and also learn the trust and bond being created within their neighborhood by working in elderly folks' homes. This program aims to reduce the number of elderly residents who visit the emergency room due to accidental falls in the home and to reduce the number of youth who otherwise would be out on the local streets looking for something to do after school hours, which typically leads to negative behavior.

Learn More// June 10th, 2016

Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues: Tourism in Extension:

How We Assist Landowners, Communities and the Public at Large

June 22nd, 2016 11:00am CT/Noon ET

Miles Phillips and Stephen Brueggerhoff of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will discuss their Extension work in Tourism. If you would like a background on this material follow the links below for a short video from both of them. https://youtu.be/eqJ7omyRB00 and https://youtu.be/_JyGlaa-8Kk

Learn More// May 16th, 2016

New Director for SRDC

SRDC is pleased to announce the selection of its new director, Dr. Steve Turner, who has served as head of the MSU Department of Agricultural Economics for 12 years.  Dr. Turner will officially begin as the Center’s director Jan. 1.

Turner, a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, came to MSU in 2003 after a 17-year career at the University of Georgia as a professor in its Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics.  During Turner’s tenure, the MSU Department of Agricultural Economics has averaged seven awards, 104 undergraduates, 20 graduate students, 24 refereed journal articles, and $664,161 in external grants and contracts per year.

His previous organizational leadership appointments include one year as president of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association and three years as chair of the Board of Directors for the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Learn More    |   December 17, 2015

CRD Webinar Series - Youth Engagement Leadership Program (YELP)

October 16th, 2015
10:00am Central/ 11:00am Eastern

The Youth Engagement Leadership Program (YELP) is a Kentucky youth leadership program that builds partnerships with local Cooperative Extension agents, the local school district, elected officials and the business community.  The program began in 2013 as a pilot project with Appalachian Regional Commission and has now expanded to 5 counties as of August 2015 with 5 additional counties scheduled to being in the fall of 2016. 

Link to Webinar

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