Around The South
April 2011 Vol. 7, No. 4
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

SRDC welcomes new editor/publications director

Meaghan Gordon joins the SRDC this month, after serving for more than five years as director of public relations at the University of West Alabama. The Carthage, Miss., native holds a bachelor's in communication from Mississippi State University and a master's in advertising/public relations from the University of Alabama. Gordon and her husband, Wes, are the parents of two children, Mary Reeves and Murphy. We are so pleased to have Meaghan join the SRDC staff.

South participates in National Issues Forum on Economic Security

During early 2011, Southerners convened all across the region to consider the issue of economic security as framed by the National Issues Forum. Following the sessions, participants completed surveys to gauge their levels of understanding and concern of various aspects of this important issue. The SRDC and the National Issues Forum will co-host a webinar Thursday, May 5 from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. (CT) to explore the community members' input. To participate, click on the link below 15 minutes before the session begins and log in as "Guest" using your name. Additional online information will instruct participants to access the audio portion through phone connections. http://msues.na4.acrobat.com/srdc/

Deadline Approaching: 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, recently released information on 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 Ph.D. program from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education are eligible to apply for the RIDGE Center Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program. Proposals must be postmarked by May 15, 2011. (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. The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies is interested in proposals that focus on one, or a combination, of the following three U.S. regions: North Central, Southern and Western. Proposals must be postmarked by April 29, 2011. For more information on either of these opportunities, visit: http://srdc.msstate.edu/ridge/

e-Commerce mini grant applications: Next quarterly due date approaching

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, Aug. 12, 2011

Download the Complete Request for Proposals

Deadline Approaching: Building quality e-commerce educational resources to support Extension programming

The Southern Rural Development Center, 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 program will support the development or expansion of innovative educational resources focusing on key e-commerce and broadband-related topics. Application deadline is April 29, 2011. For complete information, visit http://srdc.msstate.edu/ecommerce/grants/eduresources.html

Other Items of Interest

SERA-37 launches new domestic immersion program

The second phase of the SERA-37 Latino Domestic Immersion Cultural Competency Professional Development Program took place March 19-27 in Raleigh, N. C. This valuable effort immersed Extension educators in the Latino culture in North Carolina, and participants met with Latino/Hispanic organizations, including the Mexican Consulate in Raleigh. The immersion week also familiarized Extension educators with the Latino culture and the barriers and challenges they face. The initial phase of the immersion program consisted of a webinar series and study circles related to Latino/Hispanic topics. Learn more: http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agcomm/news-center/perspectives/southeast-extension-professional-experience-latino-immersion-in-north-carolina/

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

The eXtension Entrepreneurs and Their Communities webinars wrap up its fourth season with a three-part economic development series. All webinars will air at 2 p.m. (ET); 1 p.m. (CT); noon (MT); 11 a.m. (PT). For more information, contact Mary Peabody, Mary.Peabody@uvm.edu or Bo Beaulieu, ljb@srdc.msstate.edu.

  • Thursday, May 12: Tom Harris, University of Nevada, will showcase the Community Business Matching (CBM) Model
  • Thursday, June 9: Sam Cordes, Purdue University, will provide an introduction to key data-rich sites including StatsAmerica.

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

2011 Kentucky Tennessee Institute for Sustainable Development

Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK)
May 23-25, 2011
Pine Mountain State Park

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

2011 AAEA & NAREA Joint Annual Meeting

Agricultural &Applied Economics Association & Northeast Agricultural & Resource Economics Association Joint Conference
July 24-26, 2011
Pittsburgh, PA

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

2011 Joint Meeting Program Leadership Network, AEA and ASRED

Cooperative Extension GPS: Guiding and Producing Solutions
August 22-26, 2011
Fort Worth, Texas

Rural Wealth Creation & Livelihoods: Call for Participation

Rural Wealth Creation and Livelihoods: A National Conference and Conversation
October 3-5, 2011
Washington, DC
Call for participation is open now with a May 15 deadline.

Job Opportunities

Associate Extension Administrator, Kentucky State University

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

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

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Principal Investigator – Sustainable Farms & Families, Kentucky State University

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State Specialist Economic Development and Community Vitality, Kentucky State University

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Teaching Instructor, University of Arkansas

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Job announcements and other items of interest may be sent to Bo Beaulieu for possible inclusion in future issues.

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