Around The South
May 2010 Vol. 6, No. 5
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Dooley and Williams honored as 2010 recipients of the Teater Award

The SRDC is proud to honor Sanford B. Dooley and Sue E. Williams as 2010 recipients of the Bonnie Teater Community Development Educator Lifetime Achievement Award. Dooley is a Professor and Extension Specialist for the Louisiana State University AgCenter. He was noted for his 42 years of service during which he perfected the Community Leadership & Economic Development program and a seminar for newly elected officials, volunteers, and others with community and economic development responsibilities. Nominated for her focusing on areas of emerging need, Williams, a Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at Oklahoma State University, has had a long career that spans public deliberation, leadership development, health issues, the use of water resources, land use, concentrated animal feeding operations, underage drinking, casinos, end of life, defining marriage, and domestic violence. Both Dooley and Williams were chosen for their outstanding contributions to communities and the field of community development. To read more about the award and the recipients, visit http://srdc.msstate.edu/bonnieteater/index.html.

SRDC brings home two national awards from NACDEP 2010 conference

During the 2010 National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, the SRDC was honored in recognition for The National e-Commerce Extension Initiative and the Building Resilient Communities programs. Receiving the Educational Technology team award, the National e-Commerce Extension Initiative was recognized for the use of technology including computers, video, Web pages in delivering and managing educational programs that expand the use of technology in community development work and promote logical problem-solving techniques using educational technologies. With financial support provided by FEMA, the Building Resilient Communities program received the Excellence in Community Development Work team award to give recognition to the series of 30 community roundtables held across five states that engaged emergency management personnel and a diversity of local residents on strategies for strengthening the emergency preparedness of disadvantaged populations. Both award winning initiatives were carried out in partnership with NIFA/USDA. To learn more about these programs and awards, visit http://srdc.msstate.edu/.

Registration continues for 2010 Joint Meeting of SR-PLN, AEA & ASRED

Nearly thirty people are early bird registered for the 2010 SR-PLN, AEA & ASRED Joint Meeting. Registration will continue until early August, but Early Bird prices are only good through July 15, so don’t delay. PLN will be in Memphis, Tennessee on August 23-27, 2010 with the theme, Affecting a Changing Economy. Topics to discuss include funding options, programming and staffing priorities, and partnership opportunities. A tentative agenda along with hotel information is available at the 2010 conference information page. For more information about the Joint Meeting, please visit http://srpln.msstate.edu/.

SRDC expands social networking with new Flickr account

Along with tweeting on Twitter and updating our Facebook accounts, the SRDC has been busy uploading photos to our Flickr page. See images from conferences, meetings, and more. If you have photos of SRDC related materials, please send them with a description to Alicia Barnes at aliciab@srdc.msstate.edu. View our current photos at http://www.flickr.com/srdcphotos/.

Other Items of Interest

Louisiana State University releases Web resources in response to oil spill

Providing a hub for quality information, fact sheets, experts, satellite images and more, LSU has created a Web page in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010. As coastal residents, researchers, and community members monitor the potential impact of the oil spill, this site gathers pertinent materials to address a variety of questions and needs. Learn more at http://www.lsu.edu/pa/mediacenter/tipsheets/oilspill.shtml.

The Economic Research Service releases new Food Environment Atlas

The USDA Economic Research Service has produced an interactive Food Environment Atlas that allows users to create maps showing the variation in a single indicator across the U.S., view county-level indicators, and use an advanced query tool to indentify counties sharing the same degree of multiple indicators. The Atlas assembles statistics on three broad categories of food environment factors:

  • Food Choices—Indicators of the community's access to and acquisition of healthy, affordable food, such as: access and proximity to a grocery store; number of food stores and restaurants; expenditures on fast foods; food and nutrition assistance program participation; quantities of foods eaten; food prices; food taxes; and availability of local foods
  • Health and Well-Being—Indicators of the community’s success in maintaining healthy diets, such as: food insecurity; diabetes and obesity rates; and physical activity levels
  • Community Characteristics—Indicators of community characteristics that might influence the food environment, such as: demographic composition; income and poverty; population loss; metro-nonmetro status; natural amenities; and recreation and fitness centers

The Atlas currently includes 90 indicators of the food environment. The year and geographic level of the indicators vary to better accommodate data from a variety of sources. Some data are from the last Census of Population in 2000 while others are as recent as 2009. Some are at the county level while others are at the State or regional level. The most recent county-level data are used whenever possible. Access the atlas at http://www.ers.usda.gov/foodatlas/.

Promise Neighborhoods grants to fund community programs

The U.S. Department of Education announced the Promise Neighborhoods federal application for up to twenty $400,000 - $500,000 competitive planning grants to help urban, rural, and tribal communities design a Promise Neighborhoods pipeline of programs to support children from birth through college. Applications will be due June 25. The program’s Web site offers links to the federal application and webinar series, and background information on Promise Neighborhoods and the Harlem Children's Zone, the successful anti-poverty program the initiative is modeled on. In the coming days and weeks, though, the site will evolve into a comprehensive repository of the information you need to craft a successful application – and, eventually, to turn your ideas into reality. For more information, visit http://www.promiseneighborhoodsinstitute.org/?msource=PNIALL.

Funding Opportunities

SRDC's Grant Connections: Rural Development Funding Opportunities


The SRDC staff compiles Grant Connections primarily for the faculty of land-grant colleges and universities in the South to provide funding information in support of activities in agricultural economics, education, human sciences, rural sociology, youth development and other related disciplines

Conferences and Trainings

5th Annual Best Practices in Building University / City Relations Conference

June 1-3, 2010
Ames, Iowa

Driving the Next 20 Years: Creating the New Automotive Industry in the South

June 7-8, 2010
Lexington, Kentucky

Community Development Society / International Association for Community Development Joint Annual International Conference

July 24-28, 2010
New Orleans, Louisiana

Agricultural & Applied Economics Association Annual Meeting

July 25-27, 2010
Denver, Colorado

73rd Annual RSS Meeting

August 12-15, 2010
Atlanta, Georgia

Southern Economic Development Council

2010 Annual Conference
August 14-17, 2010
New Orleans, Louisiana

2010 Joint Meeting of SR-PLN, AEA & ASRED

August 23-27, 2010
Memphis, Tennessee

Job Opportunities

Assistant Director, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service

View announcement:
http://jobs.uaex.edu/ (Search for posting 0060466)

Associate Dean of Academic Programs in Natural Resources, Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources

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http://www.jobs.vt.edu/ (Search for posting 100227)

Research Agricultural Economist, Economic Research Service/USDA

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Research Associate, Office of Research and Innovation, North Carolina Economic Development Center

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Research Social Science Analyst, Economic Research Service/USDA

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