Around The South
September 2011 Vol. 7, No. 9
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

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.

Other Items of Interest

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.

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

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

Community Development Society Annual International Conference

July 21-25, 2012
Cincinnati, Ohio

Deadline for Submission of Abstracts is Oct. 31, 2011

Job Opportunities

Assistant Director, Institute of Youth, Family, and Community, NIFA

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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

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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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