Around The South
June 2011 Vol. 7, No. 6
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

SRDC readies Cooperative Extension partners to Triumph Over Tragedy

The Southern Rural Development Center recently coordinated a multi-state disaster recovery workshop to ready Extension staff to meet the emotional needs of regional residents hard hit by recent tornadoes and flooding. Read more at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/052711_triumph.html.

Turning the Tide on Poverty celebrates first-year success stories

This SRDC initiative to enhance distressed communities has seen its pilot programs in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and Oklahoma accomplish a variety of community and economic development goals in the past year. Tide thrives because local talent and resources come together to fight poverty in their own backyards.

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:

SRDC co-sponsored conference calls for session proposals

The 11th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference has opened its Call for Session Proposals (CFSP) through June 30, 2011. The conference will be held Feb. 2-4, 2012, in San Diego, Calif. The CFSP Submittal Instructions and online form are now available on the conference Web site to submit any proposals for breakouts, workshops, lightening rounds, trainings, tours or networking activities. All proposals must be submitted using the online form at http://www.newpartners.org/cfsp/.

CLiPSE survey will shed light on climate and environmental stewardship attitudes

Supported in part by the SRDC, the Climate Literacy Partnership in the Southeast (CLiPSE) project aims to gather fact-based, non-advocacy information which will lead to a better understanding of people's views and ultimately to the creation of a strategic plan for educating the public.

The Climate Stewardship Survey will gather information about what people in the Southeastern U.S. think and know about the climate and environmental stewardship. Please go online to by Sunday, July 10 to anonymously complete this 10-minute survey found at http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/523231/Climate-Stewardship-Survey.

SRDC plans Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance study

The SRDC, in partnership with the Center for Rural Strategies, will conduct a county-level analysis of Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance (OASDI) beneficiaries to rank counties by several variables and show the economic importance of OASDI disbursements for communities across the nation. Find out more about the study at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/061011_oldage.html.

Beaulieu addresses rural development concerns at summer meetings

SRDC Director Bo Beaulieu spoke at the Farm Foundation Forum, held June 14 in Washington, D.C., to focus on rural development in a time of fiscal constraint. Representing the Regional Rural Development Centers, he and four other rural leaders addressed the increasing challenges of rural economic development as state and federal budgets are slashed. Attendees included members of Congress, congressional staff, executive branch officials, industry representatives, NGO representatives, academics and members of the media.

Beaulieu is also on the agenda at the SCORE Southeast Regional Rural Education Summit, which brings together rural educators, administrators, policymakers and other stakeholders to highlight best practices and influence regional and national policy. He will serve on a panel exploring ways to improve rural education through community development. Co-hosts for the summit, set for July 19-20 at Nashville's Lipscomb University, include the State Collaborative on Reforming Education, Ayers Foundation, Niswonger Foundation, the Rural School and Community Trust and the Tennessee School Boards Association.

Other Items of Interest

Obama Administration Establishes White House Rural Council

The White House recently announced the establishment of the first White House Rural Council to address the challenges rural communities face and to build on their economic potential. Read more about the council's key factors for rural growth at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/061011_whitehouse.html.

March unemployment continues falling

Unemployment in rural America continued to fall in March, as the recovery slowly (very slowly) begins to chop away at the jobless rate across the country. To view the full article and data tables visit http://www.dailyyonder.com/march-unemployment-continues-falling/2011/05/01/3300.

Two-part series examines the future of rural America

Old Rural is dead or dying, but there is a New Rural there for the communities that can find a way says Karl Staudber in Part One at http://www.dailyyonder.com/finding-new-rural-america/2011/05/31/3355. In the second part of the series, Stauber proposed the biggest challenge to the potential of New Rural may be from our increasingly urban leadership and its benign neglect of most things rural. Read the article at http://www.dailyyonder.com/live-or-die-rural-america/2011/05/31/3356.

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

13th Annual National Value-Added Agriculture Conference

June 26-28, 2011
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Intensive Economic Development Training Course

July 11-15 & Sept. 12-16, 2011
Auburn, Alabama

SCORE Southeast Regional Rural Education Summit

July 19-20, 2011
Nashville, Tennessee

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

What Works! 2011

The Future of Entrepreneurship and Community Development in the Northeast
September 18-20, 2011
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

11th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities
February 2-4, 2012
San Diego, California

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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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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Instructor of Instructional Design, University of Arkansas

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http://jobs.uaex.edu, Posting #: 60553

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

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