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

SRDC Items of Interest

SET expands to assist more than 40 regions nationwide with economic development planning

Stronger Economies Together (SET), a program 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, has added 11 new states this year to the eight states that participated during its 2010 launch. More than 40 regions will now benefit from the specialized training and technical assistance. Find out more about this exciting program at: http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/2011_07_setexpands.html

Rural Regional Development Centers maintain regional focus and national impact

How are the nation's four Rural Regional Development Centers impacting economic development individually and as a whole? The Centers have developed a synopsis of the variety of educational programs and resources they have produced to help strengthen the economic development efforts of rural communities and regions. Find out more about these valuable resources! http://srdc.msstate.edu/newsletters/ats/files/2011_07_rrdc.pdf

Turning the Tide on Poverty inspires fruit/nut tree planting initiative

Lauderdale County, Miss., a Turning the Tide on Poverty pilot site, has initiated "Plant a Tree and Curb Poverty" to make Meridian, its county seat, the Orchard of the South. By planting apple, pear and pecan trees, for example, the idea is that on at least some level, it will help feed people who are hungry. Felix Sutphin, 93, has spearheaded the project. "The trees will come up on those lands and produce fruit, and the property owner will not only eat the fruit, but he will share it with his neighbors," Sutphin said. Learn more at http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/Tree_Initiative_125084684.html.

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, July 27, 2011 - Friday, Aug. 12, 2011

Download RPF:http://srdc.msstate.edu/ecommerce/grants/files/2010_ecommerce_mini_final_rfp.pdf

Gallardo journal article published

Dr. Roberto Gallardo, SRDC research associate, in June published a new article, "A Political Caring Index," in the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society. Co-authored with Mary McThomas, the article presents a metric to measure the level of 'care' provided by state policies. The pair created an index, using state-level data from the USA, which operationalizes an institutional political theory of care. Using this political caring index, the article provides data analysis of the impact of levels of care on such societal issues as suicide rates, high school dropout rates and violent crime. It explores the relationship between 'caring' state policies and the prevention of social harms, assesses the success of existing state policies and provides a new tool for evaluating public policy. Congratulations, Roberto!

Other Items of Interest

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announces economic development funding to create jobs, economic opportunity and strengthen rural communities

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the selection of 43 community-based organizations, including eight in the Southern Region, to receive more than $9.5 million in total funding through the Rural Community Development Initiative Program (RCDI) and the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program (RMAP). Find the complete list of recipients at http://www.raconline.org/news/news_details.php?news_id=16171.

Rural counties gain jobs since May '10

While the jobless rate edged up slightly in the cities and the exurbs in May, unemployment has dropped in rural counties since January, and most rural counties now have more jobs this May than a year ago. See how your home county fares at http://www.dailyyonder.com/rural-counties-gain-jobs-may-10/2011/07/06/3415.

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

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

Instructor of Instructional Design, University of Arkansas

View announcement:
http://jobs.uaex.edu, Posting #: 0060553

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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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