Around The South
October 2011 Vol. 7, No. 10
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Tide wins national diversity award, helps combat poverty in Louisiana

Turning the Tide on Poverty, which received a first place Diversity Certificate for the Southern Region at the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences conference held last month in Albuquerque, seeks to combat poverty and school dropout rates in Baton Rouge's Istrouma High School. Find out more at http://www.lsu.edu/ur/ocur/lsunews/MediaCenter/News/2011/10/item35787.html and http://theadvocate.com/news/996004-64/businesses-pair-with-istrouma.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, Oct. 26, 2011 - Friday, Nov. 18, 2011
Download the Complete Request for Proposals [PDF]

The 1099 Economy" webinar set for Nov. 10

Mark your calendars! The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series is back for our fifth season. On Thursday, Nov. 10, with Erik Pages of Entreworks Consulting presents "The 1099 Ecomony," including a conversation regarding the increasing number of Americans who don't have a "regular job," but instead work on individual contracts with employers or customers. Get login information at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/2011_08_extension.html.

Nov. 1 webinar offers policy prescription for regional economic prosperity

The U.S. economy has undergone a difficult decade of sluggish job creation followed by the Great Recession and its aftermath. In a free Nov. 1 webinar, Rose Olfert and Mark Partridge discuss the challenges facing communities and regions, describe why policy responses have been ineffective, and provide a more realistic policy prescription for the best path to economic prosperity for winning communities. Get the details at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/2011_10_winnerwebinar.html .

Beaulieu takes part in Rural Wealth Creation and Livelihoods Conference

SRDC Director Bo Beaulieu was one 160 people in the nation taking part in this important ERS/Ford Foundation-sponsored conference focused on exploring innovative strategies and policies for advancing wealth creation in low-wealth areas in rural America. Attended by an excellent mix of researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, and others, the conference showcased a series of "on the ground" strategies being implemented in regions across the nation. Find out more about the conference and the new Rural Wealth Creation Community of Practice at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/2011_10_ruralwealthcreation.html .

Other Items of Interest

Coworking to quick-start rural innovation

In a new model for "the office," diverse groups, local business people, and drop-in workers share space, wifi and expertise. Why not in your town? Learn more about this shared work environment model at http://www.dailyyonder.com/how-coworking-can-work-small-towns/2011/08/25/3495.

Ag Secretary Vilsack announces community facilities investments to create jobs and boost economic development in rural communities

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack last week announced investments in 33 states and one territory, including nine Southern states, to create jobs and improve the quality of life in rural communities across the nation. Learn more at http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2011/10/0431.xml&navid=NEWS_RELEASE&navtype=RT&parentnav=LATEST_RELEASES&edeployment_action =retrievecontent .

Conferences and Trainings

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/Associate Extension Professor-Agricultural Marketing and Agribusiness, Mississippi State University

View announcement for posting number 6243

Assistant/Associate Extension Professor- Health Education Specialist, Mississippi State University

View announcement for posting number 6237

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

View announcement
http://jobview.usajobs.gov/ GetJob.aspx?JobID=101942307&JobTitle=Assistant+Director%2c+Institute+of+Youth%2c+Family%2 c+and+Community&q=NIFA&brd=3876&vw=b&FedEmp=N&FedPub=Y&x=44&y=14&pg=1&re=0&AVSDM=2011-08-24+09%3a49%3a00

Assistant Extension Professor-Community Economic Development, Mississippi State University

View announcement for posting number 6251

Assistant Extension Professor-Planning and Evaluation, Mississippi State University (2 positions)

View announcement for posting number 6145

Community Arts Specialist, University of Missouri Extension

View announcement

Instructor of Instructional Design, University of Arkansas

View announcement for posting number 0060553

Senior Economic Development Specialist, Virginia Tech

View announcement for posting number 0110268

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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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