Around The South
February 2012 Vol. 8, No. 02
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

SRDC Data Center updated with southern region state and county profiles

Profiles from every county in the 13 southern states are now updated with the latest demographic, education, social and economic data. State level data—overall and by metro and noncore areas of the state—are provided as well. The data in most profiles are presented over 2-3 points in time—1990, 2000, and 2010. Visit the Community Data Center at http://srdc.msstate.edu/data/center/.

RIDGE Center releases "Going Digital: The Pros and Cons of Promoting Online Food Assistance Applications"

The SRDC's RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies has released a new brief in its Food Assistance and Nutrition Information Series that explores what disadvantaged clients think about internet-based application and recertification processes for social programs that provide critical financial support during these difficult economic times. Persistent evidence suggests that low-income, less-educated, and older individuals, groups who are more likely to use publicly-funded services, are less likely to use the internet. Colleen Heflin, Andrew London and Peter Mueser studied clients' experiences with emerging, modernized, internet-based public assistance administration systems to gain perspective. Read more at http://srdc.msstate.edu/ridge/publications/fanis/.

NIF releases economic security report

The National Issues Forums has released a new report, "Public Thinking about Economic Security: How Should We Take Charge of Our Future," that analyzes the results of a series of citizen discussions about economic security that took place from Sept. 2010 to April 2011 in 33 states, including nine from the Southern region. Find out what these citizens thought about self-disciplined spending, supporting local businesses and our national debt. Download the full report at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/files/econsecurityreport.pdf.

REMINDER: 2012 Bonnie Teater Community Development Award nominations due March 2

This year's Bonnie Teater Community Development Educator Lifetime Achievement Award will honor an administrator, specialist or agent in the Southern Region who has made significant contributions to the Extension community development for at least 10 years. Named in honor of Ms. Teater, an SRDC staff member for more than 30 years, the award comes with a $500 stipend. Nomination deadline is Friday, March 2, 2012. Get complete nomination process information at http://srdc.msstate.edu/funding/bonnieteater/.

SRDC welcomes new webmaster and designer

The Center is pleased to add Matt Fisackerly as it newest staff member. Joining the SRDC this month, Fisackerly will oversee the numerous SRDC and related websites, enhance our social networking, develop online and print curricula, and assist in the development of publications and promotional materials. A 2011 Mississippi State University graphic design graduate, he has worked for several years in various student worker roles in the MSU Extension Service. Welcome, Matt!

Other Items of Interest

The worth of the rural 'Creative Economy'

From the Blues Trail through the Delta to the Walter Anderson Museum on the Gulf Coast, rural Mississippi's economy is buoyed by what the Daily Yonder calls the "creative economy." Learn how a unique partnership between the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Mississippi Development Authority is encouraging small towns to seek new opportunities to generate, attract and create jobs through its creative economy at http://www.dailyyonder.com/worth-rural-creative-economy/2012/01/30/3727.

HUD introduces Sustainable Communities Resource Center

HUD's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, in partnership with the Office of Policy Development and Research, offers its new Sustainable Communities Resource Center (SCRC) as the place to find up-to-date strategies that America's communities are developing to improve their economic, environmental, and social sustainability. Access best practices, cutting edge research, new reports and resources at http://www.huduser.org/portal/sustainability/home.html.

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Merrigan announces funding to create jobs and strengthen the economic foundation of rural America

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan recently announced that USDA has selected more than 30 recipients in the Southern region to receive business development assistance through the Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. Read more about how these grants will provide financial returns and help create jobs for agricultural producers, businesses and families across the country at http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahomecontentid=2012/02/0040.xml&navid=

Conferences and Trainings

8th Annual Tri-State Diversity Conference

Diverse Communities – Common Unity
Feb. 16 - 17, 2012
Cincinnati, Ohio

Good Jobs, Green Jobs Southern Conference

Feb. 23-24, 2012
Atlanta, Ga.

2012 Under One Roof Regional Housing Conference

Mission Possible: Affordable Housing
Feb. 23, 2012
Fort Valley, Ga.

Community Development Society Annual International Conference

July 21-25, 2012
Cincinnati, Ohio

National Small Farm Conference

Sept. 18-20, 2012
Memphis, Tenn.
Call for Abstracts Deadline: Feb. 29, 2012

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


Research Officer, Home Region Focus Area, Walton Family Foundation


State Specialist for Community Health, Kentucky State University


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


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