Around The South
November 2011 Vol. 7, No. 11
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

SRDC study finds rural counties are more dependent on Social Security

With the country searching for ways to cut federal spending, Congress is considering cuts to Social Security payments. Any cuts to the program, however, will disproportionately affect rural America. SRDC Research Associate Roberto Gallardo explores the impact of Social Security on rural economies. Get more information at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/2011_11_socialsecurity.html.

Sustainable Communities: Online course explores community systems

As communities struggle with increasingly complex social, economic and environmental issues related to sustainability, they need the expertise of Cooperative Extension now more than ever before. Whether your expertise is in agriculture, natural resources, youth, family, economic or community development ,you will be asked to help guide a stakeholder group through a difficult decision making process. The newest Foundations of Practice course, Sustainable Communities, offers you the tools, skills and knowledge to be the trusted resource community groups need in the emerging dialogs around local foods, energy and natural resources. Get the details at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/2011_10_sustainablecommunities.html.

eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series concludes Dec. 8

Mark your calendars! The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series concludes its fifth season Thursday, Dec. 8, with the topic, "Preparing to Transfer Your Family Enterprise: How, Why, When and to Whom?" Business transitions are always difficult and when the business is a "family business" the task is even harder. Beth Adamson, Prairie Family Business Association executive director, will examine what you need to think about and how and when to communicate transitions plans to family and employees. Get tips as you think about selling, closing or transferring your business. Find log in information at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/2011_11_extensionentreprenurship.html.

Community Development Society seeks abstracts with new Jan. 27, 2012, deadline

The SRDC encourages land-grant university colleagues and other key partners to consider taking part in the 2012 CDS Annual Meeting, "Sustaining Community Through Innovation and Entrepreneurship." Get involved by submitting an abstract to showcase some of your important community related activities. GOOD NEWS: The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to Jan. 27, 2012. The CDS conference provides opportunities for students, practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to share experiences, expertise, educational programs and/or research findings on innovative strategies to improve the process and practice of community development. Abstracts involving partnerships between practitioners and academics are especially encouraged as part of the 2012 meeting. Get abstract submission instructions at http://www.comm-dev.org/index.php/conference-2009/2012-conference.

Webinar gives best practices for small communities' success in global economy

Based on the successful approaches from real people in real communities, the Dec. 8 webinar, "Best Practice Approaches in the New Economy," is the result of nearly two years of research and site visits to more than 70 smaller and mid-sized communities in 20 states that are experiencing success in a global paradigm. The presentation outlines five pillars of success in the New Economy while providing community examples that operationalize global competitiveness themes. More details are available at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/2011_11_webinareconomy.html.

Next month: Look for information about the Stronger Economies Together Phase III applications and new modules in the Cashing in on Business Opportunities curriculum.

Other Items of Interest

SNAP usage increased 15 percent post-recession

The number of Americans turning to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, has substantially increased since the recession began and has continued to climb as many Americans have struggled with the economic hardships of the post-recession, weak economy, according to researchers from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire. Read more at http://srdc.msstate.edu/ridge/news/2011_11_snappercent.html.

Closing post offices hit rural areas hard

A Crosscut article discusses how the post office closure plan, based on activity and revenue, disproportionately affects poor and isolated towns, whose residents depend on the branches for their mail, money, medicine and news. Read the article at http://crosscut.com/2011/11/01/econ-finance/21422/Closing-post-offices-hit-rural-areas-hard/.

Conferences and Trainings

Foundations of Practice - Level 3 Training

Sustainable Communities eight-week webinar series
Thursdays, Jan. 19-March 8, 2012

11th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities
Feb. 2-4, 2012
San Diego, Calif.

Community Development Society Annual International Conference

July 21-25, 2012
Cincinnati, Ohio

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 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

Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia


Instructor of Instructional Design, University of Arkansas

View announcement for posting number 0060553

Regional Extension Agent-Southwest Alabama Coastal Region, Alabama Cooperative Extension System


Regional Extension Agent- Upper Piedmont Alabama Region, Alabama Cooperative Extension System


Vice Chancellor for Development, University of Tennessee, Institute of Agriculture


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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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