Around The South
September 2012 Vol. 8, No. 09
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

New SET regions ready to build on their economic strengths

Eleven new regions in six states have joined the Stronger Economies Together (SET) initiative, which enables communities and counties in rural America to work together on a regional basis to develop an economic development blueprint that strategically builds on their current and emerging economic strengths. More than 50 regions in 26 states have participated in SET since its 2010 launch.
Check out the new regions.

Sustainable Community Innovation Grant applications due Oct. 1

The Sustainable Community Innovation Grant program, a partnership of the Southern Rural Development Center and the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE), is now open to a variety of innovative projects that successfully link sustainable agriculture with sustainable community activities. Project maximum is $10,000 for up to two years of activities that are intended to increase knowledge, build capacity, and make connections between sustainable agriculture and rural communities to the benefit of people who live in those communities. Grant proposal deadline is October 1, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Announcement of awarded grants will take place in December.
Download the Call for Proposals.

Mark your calendars for eXtension Entrepreneurship fall webinars

The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series, now in its sixth season, features upcoming webinars that focus on micro-lending programs, social networking, and food safety practices for processors. All webinars air on the second Thursday of each month.
Get the schedule.

Rural Jobless Rate Inches Higher

A new Daily Yonder article co-written by SRDC researcher Roberto Gallardo finds that while the unemployment rate in rural counties is better this July than in July 2011, the unemployment in rural America continued to inch up. It reached 8.4 percent in the more than 2,000 counties found outside the nation's metropolitan regions.
Get the details.

Other Items of Interest

ERS releases annual American food security report

The United States Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service this month released its report, Household Food Security in the United States in 2011. An estimated 85.1 percent of American households were food secure last year, while the remaining households were food insecure at least some time during 2011.
Find out more.

USDA Rural Development success stories available for each state

A new interactive web map features Rural Development funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. Clicking on a specific state provides information on RD projects in community building, broadband, regional collaboration, food systems and other accomplishments.
View the map.

Rural homeschooling on the rise

More rural parents are choosing to teach their children at home. Their reasons for homeschooling include educational excellence, practical training, religious convictions and many other motivations.
Read more.

Conferences and Trainings

National Small Farm Conference

Sept. 18-20, 2012
Memphis, Tennessee

Future of Workforce Development

Sept. 19-20, 2012
Kansas City, Missouri

Our Energy Future Conference 2012

Socioeconomic Implications of Renewable Energy Development
Sept. 25, 2012
Salt Lake City, Utah

WEBINAR: 21 Years of First Impressions

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 at Noon (Eastern Time)

First Impressions, a simple tool that has been around since 1991, can be used as part of a broader economic development approach. There are many tools in the economic development toolbox that provide objective analysis of data, but few that get at people's perceptions and attitudes. Both are important. It's one of the early tools to apply (and re-apply) to help the community establish priorities for: Tourism development, Retail trade development, Business attraction/relocation decisions, and Recruiting "talent" to town for employers (public, private for-profit, private non-profit). This webinar will be led by three Extension educators in three different states that have used and evaluated the use of the program in their states. Participants will learn how this peer-learning model can be used effectively to impact positive change within the community. For more information, please email soliz@anr.msu.edu.

National eXtension Conference

Oct. 1-4, 2012
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms Conference

Oct. 1-4, 2012
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Southern Rural Sociological Association Annual Meeting

Social Stabilization in the Twenty-First Century: The Role of Rural Communities
Feb. 2-5, 2013
Orlando, Florida
Download Call for Papers (Abstract due Oct. 31)
Download Award Nomination Information

Job Opportunities

Assistant to the Director of Extension, Mississippi State University

View announcement for posting number 6890

Associate or Full Professor of Demography, University of Texas at San Antonio

Download information

State Specialist for Community Health, Kentucky State University


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