Around The South
March 2011 Vol. 7, No. 3
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Turning the Tide on Poverty Brings Home NACDEP Regional Award

Just one year out from formal kick-offs of the Turning the Tide on Poverty pilot initiatives, amazing citizen-led accomplishments are flourishing! As a result, the pilot year team was presented with the Excellence in Community Development Teamwork award for the Southern Region during the 2010 National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) Conference. Team members from the five pilot sites, researchers from within and outside the Land-Grant System, and our valuable national partners formed the dynamic team. For more about Turning the Tide on Poverty, visit http://srdc.msstate.edu/tide.

Bonnie Teater Award Honors Two Extension "Rising Stars"

Honoring early career professionals in Community Development who have already made valuable contributions to the advancement of community and economic development efforts in the region and nation is what this year's Bonnie Teater Achievement Award was all about. The SRDC is pleased to honor two people as this year's recipients of the Teater Award: Alison Davis of the University of Kentucky and Brian Whitacre of Oklahoma State University. While both have been engage in Extension work for less than ten year, each has already amassed an impressive list of accomplishments in advancing Community/Economic Development programs in the region and nation. Initiated in 2005, the Teater Award has honored lifetime achievement on the part of Extension educators in the South. This year, however, inaugurated the first Bonnie Teater Community Development Early Career Achievement Award. Moving forward, the two awards will be given on alternate years. To read more about the awards and those that have been honored through it: http://srdc.msstate.edu/funding/bonnieteater/

RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies @ the SRDC Releases Its 2011 Research Grant Request for Proposals: New Program on Doctoral Dissertation Research Program Included

The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies @ the SRDC, in partnership with USDA Economic Research Service, is pleased to announce the availability of TWO competitive grant programs for 2011. (1) Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program - This exciting new program is intended to support research (in the U.S.) by graduate students pursuing doctoral research in areas that closely align with the priorities of the RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies. Students currently enrolled in a PhD program from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education are eligible to apply for the RIDGE Center Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program. (2) Food Assistance and Nutrition Challenges of Rural Residents and Communities - As in past years, the SRDC RIDGE Center is seeking to invest in innovative research that explores the social science-based dimensions of the food and nutrition assistance challenges impacting residents (or communities) in rural America, including key populations such as Native Americans, immigrants, other racial/ethnic minorities, single parents, youth, the persistently poor, and others. For 2011, the RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies is interested in proposals that focus on one, or a combination, of the following three regions of the U.S.: North Central, Southern and Western regions of the country. For more information on either of these opportunities, visit: http://srdc.msstate.edu/ridge/

2011 Program Leadership Network Conference Releases Agenda and Online Registration

Cooperative Extension GPS: Guiding and Producing Solutions is the theme for the upcoming 2011 Program Leadership Network Conference scheduled for August 22-26 in Fort Worth, Texas. With a focus on innovative strategies and tools for expanding the reach of Cooperative Extension, the conference is sure to send participants into communities with new enthusiasm and ideas for connecting the important work of CES to communities in meaningful ways. To access a draft agenda and register for the conference, visit http://srpln.msstate.edu/

Stronger Economies Together (SET) Prepares to Expand to 11 New States

Stronger Economies Together (SET) represents an exciting initiative launched in 2009 by USDA Rural Development in collaboration with the nation's Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs) and their land-grant university partners. The purpose of SET is to strengthen the capacity of communities/counties in rural America to work together in developing and implementing an economic development blueprint that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of their region. Phase I pilot efforts are in place in 23 multi-county regions located in nine states: Arkansas, Arizona, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Beginning in 2011, SET is expanding to 11 new states as part of Phase II including Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Washington. To view a quick summary of the program, go to: http://srdc.msstate.edu/set/files/set_overview.pdf

Building Quality e-Commerce Educational Resources to Support Extension Programming

The Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC), in partnership with NIFA/USDA and the Regional Rural Development Centers, is pleased to announce a new round of funding for its e-commerce competitive grants program.

The intent of this program is to support the development or expansion of innovative educational resources focusing on key e-commerce and broadband-related topics. The application deadline is April 29, 2011.

For a full listing of information please go to: http://srdc.msstate.edu/ecommerce/grants/eduresources.html

e-Commerce Mini Grant Applications Move to Quarterly Review Process

Land-Grant University (LGU) Extension educators or teams (involving both Extension and non-Extension partners) are invited to submit workshop proposals outlining how their workshop will introduce one of the e-commerce educational curricula that the National e-Commerce Extension Initiative has released. These resources are intended to expand the adoption of e-commerce strategies by communities, small/micro businesses, and entrepreneurs across the country.

Quarterly Proposal Submission Date - Notification of Award:

  • Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - Friday, May 13, 2011
  • Wednesday, July 27, 2011 - Friday, August 12, 2011

Download the Complete Request for Proposals [PDF]

Beaulieu Receives SRSA Excellence in Extension Award

The Southern Rural Sociological Association (SRSA) honored Bo Beaulieu, SRDC Director, as the 2011 recipient of the Excellence in Extension Award at its annual association meeting held in February in Corpus Christi, TX. According to Dr. Tom Gray, the Awards Committee Chair, the recipient is selected on the basis of outstanding efforts in extending the work of rural sociology in the Southern United States. Gray noted that, "A fundamental interest of the SRSA is social justice, as seen through various disciplinary lenses and approaches, with focus upon the South. We believe this focus to be particularly appropriate and poignant, given the social-economic context of the region, and the various legacies left in a history of oppression, (e.g. race, class, gender). We feel your dedicated work at the Southern Rural Development Center, and Mississippi State exemplifies these commitments. We feel it is only fitting that we acknowledge with gratitude your continuing commitments to this extension." The SRSA meeting was held in conjunction with the 2011 Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists Meeting.

SRDC Director Takes Part on U.S. Senate Rural Roundtable on Workforce & Economic Development

Joining Deborah Tootle from the University of Arkansas Extension Service, Bo Beaulieu was invited to present brief comments on economic development issues in rural America at the Senate Rural Caucus Roundtable held March 16th at the U.S. Capital Building in Washington, D.C. Beaulieu highlighted the important work being carried out by the Regional Rural Development Centers and land-grant institutions on regional economic development, entrepreneurship, and broadband/e-commerce adoption.

Rural Wealth Creation & Livelihoods: Call for Participation

To cultivate shared understanding, and to begin developing a practical results-relevant dialogue and community of practice focused on rural wealth creation and livelihoods, the Economic Research Service of USDA and the Ford Foundation are convening Rural Wealth Creation and Livelihoods: A National Conference and Conversation, to be held at a conveniently located hotel in Washington, D.C. on October 3rd -5th, 2011. The call for participation is open now with a May 15th deadline. To learn more about the conference and to respond to the call for participation, visit: http://www.aspencsg.org/rdp/resources/ERS11/WealthCreationConferenceCall.pdf


Other Items of Interest

eXtension Entrepreneurship Webinar Series: Upcoming Sessions Focus on "Building Strong Communities: Tools, Strategies, and Techniques for Economic Development "

The eXtension Entrepreneurs and Their Communities webinar series is wrapping up our fourth season with a three-part economic development series. All webinars will air at 2:00pm (ET); 1:00pm (CT); 12:00pm (MT); 11:00am (PT). For more information, contact Mary Peabody, Mary.Peabody@uvm.edu or Bo Beaulieu, ljb@srdc.msstate.edu.

  • April 14: Steve Deller, University of Wisconsin, will explore economic clusters and what they tell us about development.
  • May 12: Tom Harris, University of Nevada, will showcase the Community Business Matching (CBM) Model.
  • June 9: Sam Cordes, Purdue University, will provide an introduction to key data-rich sites including StatsAmerica.

Rural Wealth Creation & Livelihoods: Call for Participation

To cultivate shared understanding, and to begin developing a practical results-relevant dialogue and community of practice focused on rural wealth creation and livelihoods, the Economic Research Service of USDA and the Ford Foundation are convening Rural Wealth Creation and Livelihoods: A National Conference and Conversation, to be held at a conveniently located hotel in Washington, D.C. on October 3rd -5th, 2011. The call for participation is open now with a May 15th deadline. To learn more about the conference and to respond to the call for participation, visit: http://www.aspencsg.org/rdp/resources/ERS11/WealthCreationConferenceCall.pdf


Funding Opportunities

SRDC's Grant Connections: Rural Development Funding Opportunities

http://srdc.msstate.edu/funding/grantconnections

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

2011 Kentucky Tennessee Institute for Sustainable Development

Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK)
May 23-25, 2011
Pine Mountain State Park
http://www2.ca.uky.edu/CEDIK/Ken-Tenn

Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Tenth Annual Conference

SERA-37 Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with this event.
June 8-10, 2011
Kansas City, Missouri
http://www.latinosintheheartland.com

2011 AAEA & NAREA Joint Annual Meeting

Agricultural &Applied Economics Association & Northeast Agricultural & Resource Economics Association Joint Conference
July 24-26, 2011
Pittsburgh, PA
http://www.aaea.org/2011am/?utm_source=banners&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=AM11

Rural Sociological Society/Community Development Society Meeting

Reshaping Rural America in an Urban Society: Innovative Approaches for Community Change.
July 28-31, 2011
Boise, Idaho
http://ruralsociology.org/StaticContent/AnnualMeeting/AM 2011 Brochure.true.pdf


Job Opportunities

Associate Extension Administrator, Kentucky State University

View announcement:
http://apps.kysu.edu/transitionalFiles/job_openings.cfm?jobid=678&detail=yes

Associate Research Director/Principal Investigator, Community Research Service Unit, Kentucky State University

View announcement:
http://apps.kysu.edu/transitionalFiles/job_openings.cfm?jobid=676&detail=yes

Director, Development Finance Initiative at Community & Economic Development Program, UNC School of Government

View announcement:
http://www.linkedin.com/e/9lafcv-gltyklj1-d/svj/1487689/819345/

Extension Specialist, Community and Economic Development, West Virginia State University

View announcement:
http://aceop.wvstateu.edu/employment

Principal Investigator – Sustainable Farms & Families, Kentucky State University

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http://apps.kysu.edu/transitionalFiles/job_openings.cfm?jobid=621&detail=yes

State Specialist Economic Development and Community Vitality, Kentucky State University

View announcement:
http://apps.kysu.edu/transitionalFiles/job_openings.cfm?jobid=677&detail=yes

Teaching Instructor, University of Arkansas

View announcement:
http://hr.uark.edu/jobdetails.asp?ListingID=6396


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