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Sustainable Community Innovation Grant Program: Proposals now requested
The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) and SRDC Sustainable Community Innovations Grant program is now available for applicants proposing important projects that seek to effectively link sustainable agriculture with sustainable community activities and strategies. Get more information at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/2011_08_sare_grant.html.
RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies @ the SRDC launches new site
The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies @ the SRDC, which invests in innovative social sciences-based research that explores the food and nutrition assistance challenges facing Native Americans, immigrants and other key populations in rural America, recently launched a new website. Check it out at http://srdc.msstate.edu/ridge/.
Disaster and Small Business Survival webinar set for Oct. 13
Mark your calendars! The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series is back for our fifth season. On Thursday, Oct. 13, the webinar will feature George Haynes, Montana State University Extension, who will present "Disaster and Small Business Survival." Find out more about the webinar series at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/2011_08_extension.html.
Understanding Communities: Online course offers tools for community development
Would you like to understand how communities work? Are you curious about why good ideas sometimes fall flat? Do you watch groups struggle to make decisions without adequate data? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, we invite you to register for "Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics," a unique online course presented jointly by the four Regional Rural Development Centers and a team of nationally recognized community development professionals. Get the details at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/2011_09_onlinecourse.html
New Southern states join the Stronger Economies Together initiative
The Stronger Economies Together (SET) effort, a national program coordinated by the SRDC in partnership with USDA RD and the Regional Rural Development Centers, is expanding to four more states in the South. Extension colleagues in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas are now laying the groundwork, in collaboration with their state's USDA RD office, for launching this important regional economic development effort in the coming months. Nineteen states and nearly 40 regions are now part of the SET initiative across the U.S. Find out more at http://srdc.msstate.edu/set/files/set_overview.pdf.
Small, Local Businesses Speed Income Growth
Researchers at Penn State University have found that smaller, locally-owned businesses are better for growing incomes in a county than the presence of larger companies or big box stores owned outside the county. Read the full article at http://www.dailyyonder.com/small-local-businesses-speed-income-growth/2011/08/09/3465.
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announces smart grid, transmission system improvements to create jobs, benefit consumers in 14 states
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week announced that rural electric cooperative utilities will receive funding for smart grid technologies and improvements to generation and transmission facilities. These loans will benefit more than 19,000 rural consumers in 14 states. Get the details at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/STELPRD4012047.html.
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.
What Works! 2011
The Future of Entrepreneurship and Community Development in the Northeast
September 18-20, 2011
11th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities
February 2-4, 2012
San Diego, California
Community Development Society Annual International ConferenceJuly 21-25, 2012
Deadline for Submission of Abstracts is Oct. 31, 2011
Assistant Director, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community, NIFA
Assistant Extension Professor-Planning and Evaluation (2 positions)
View announcement for posting number 6145
Instructor of Instructional Design, University of Arkansas
View announcement for posting number 0060553
Job announcements and other items of interest may be sent to Meaghan Gordon for possible inclusion in future issues.
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