• New Videos Showcase Civic Engagement Successes

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  • 2014 Bonnie Teater Award Nominations

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  • National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center (NARDeP) Releases New Policy Resources

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  • Reflecting On The Past Looking To The Future SRDC's 2013 Annual Report

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Around The South

Compiling SRDC and national news, recent publications, upcoming conferences and events, and job opportunities, this monthly newsletter furnishes a brief overview of announcements from the Southern region.

Recent Issues
March 2014 Main Topics

Bonnie Teater Award Nominations are Due March 31

The Southern Rural Development Center is pleased to announce that nominations are being sought for the Bonnie Teater Community Development Educator Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014. This award will go to a distinguished individual with a superior lifetime work and who has made an important contribution to the Extension Community Development area.

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Informing Decision Making for Better Community Behavioral Health Outcomes

CAPE’s new collaborative three-million dollar project involves helping communities overcome their struggles with behavioral health problems. This project will organize information for leaders, who have difficulty keeping up with the needs of the vast majority, by tapping into land grant university resources across the country. The program will give leaders access to accurate data so they can efficiently aid those in need.

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/healthbench.info

Twitter - https://twitter.com/healthbench

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Launch Issue

January 2014 Main Topics

NARDEP Publishes Energy Policy Briefs

The National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center is organized by the Regional Rural Development Centers to provide information about the increasingly contentious and complex agricultural and rural development U.S. policy issues.

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Entrepreneurs & Their Communities - New Resources

New resources are available to support entrepreneurs and their communities. Among these are a webinar series, a blog, Facebook page, and Twitter. Explore these new resources through the links below.

  • Webinar Series 2:00 p.m. ET/ 1:00 p.m. CT/12:00 p.m. MT/11:00 p.m. PT
    • January 9 – Crafting a Consistent Marketing Message
    • February 13 – Blogging for Food
    • March 13 – Incorporating Video in to the Marketing Strategy
    • Join the sessions - https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/etc-cop
  • Blog - http://entrepreneursandtheircommunities.wordpress.com/
  • Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/eXtensionentrepreneurs
  • Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/extbizteam
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Launch Issue

October 2013 Main Topics

Shideler Receives 2013 Bonnie Teater Award

Oklahoma State University Extension Economist David Shideler received the 2013 Bonnie Teater Community Development Early Career Achievement Award at this year’s Galaxy Conference. Shideler’s list of accomplishments includes more than125 reports on retail analysis, economic impact analysis and sustainable community/strategic planning. Additionally, he has developed curriculum for the National e-Commerce Initiative of the Southern Rural Development Center.
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Center Releases New Policy Resources

The National Agriculture and Rural Development Policy Center (NARDeP), coordinated by the four Regional Rural Development Centers, has announced its new web-based publications series. Authored by top researchers from around the country, NARDeP offers sources of policy insights such as policy briefs, data briefs, and working papers on a number of timely rural issues.
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Launch Issue

August 2013 Main Topics

Broadband Availability: Geography Matters

Across the board, rural areas lag urban ones in their access to broadband. A first-of-its-kind map and a state-by-state chart compute the geographical difference in “availability,” which is the first piece of the rural broadband puzzle. Check out this Daily Yonder article, based on a report funded by the National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy (NARDeP) Center.
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Reminder: Program Leadership Network conference registration now open

Online registration and conference information is now available for this summer’s Joint Meeting of the Southern Region Program Leadership Network, Association of Extension Administrators and Association of Southern Region Extension Directors, set for Aug. 19-23 in Nashville. This year’s theme is “Connecting Our Communities: Preparing for the Next 100 Years.” As the Land Grant System celebrates its first 100 years of the Smith-Lever Act, we look forward to what the next century will bring. Advances in technologies, changes in communities, and expanded partnership opportunities are among just a few of the possibilities as we move forward.
Register now!

Launch Issue

June 2013 Main Topics

ReadyCommunity program seeking new state teams

The ReadyCommunity process complements and adds greater depth to FEMA’s 2010 publication “Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans: Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101”. ReadyCommunity has been pilot tested in seven locations across the nation, and will continue to train teams to begin the ReadyCommunity process in fall 2013. Applications are now being accepted for facilitator training, which takes place Sept. 23-25. Four person teams from the participating states are recommended, including an Extension person who will lead the initiative and an emergency manager from the proposed pilot site. All 50 states are eligible to attend the ReadyCommunity Facilitator Training, however rural areas are specifically targeted for inclusion in this training. Application deadline is July 8, 2013.
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SET expands again in its fourth year

Stronger Economies Together (SET) celebrates its fourth year by expanding to new regions in 2013. Five states previously involved in SET (Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas) have been selected to expand to additional regions. Two new states, Nebraska and Illinois, join SET, an initiative that enables communities and counties in rural America to work together on a regional basis to develop an economic development blueprint that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of their region.
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