Around The South
December 2012 Vol. 8, No. 12
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Happy holidays from the SRDC

It’s hard to believe that 2012 is almost over. Where has the year gone? In reflecting on the many programs and activities that the SRDC has accomplished over the past year, it is clear that these important efforts would not have been possible without the support and active commitment of many of you. On behalf of the SRDC staff, I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a successful 2013. Please note that the SRDC and Mississippi State University will be closed from December 21, 2012 to January 3, 2013. Look forward to seeing you next year!
Bo Beaulieu, Director

A big boost for 26 small-town arts projects

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced the latest Challenge America Fast-Track grants, with 26 recipients based in rural communities such as Columbus, MS and Guntersville, AL. The program extends “the reach of the arts to populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.”
Read the Daily Yonder article.

Concentration of poverty is a growing rural problem

An article in the latest edition of the Economic Research Service's Amber Waves explains that concentrated poverty has increased over the last decade, especially in rural areas. In addition, historical regional concentrations of high poverty persist in the South.
Read the article.

Agriculture secretary Vilsack says rural America becoming less relevant, needs a more positive message

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a speech at a forum sponsored by the Farm Journal that rural America’s biggest assets — the food supply, recreational areas and energy, for example — can be overlooked by people elsewhere as the U.S. population shifts more to cities, their suburbs and exurbs. “We need a proactive message, not a reactive message.”
Read more.

Community Development Society seeks proposals with Feb. 15 deadline

The SRDC encourages land-grant university colleagues and other key partners to consider taking part in the 2013 CDS Annual Meeting, "Beyond the Boundaries: Creating Innovation through Regional Collaboration," set for July 20-24 in Charleston, S.C. Get involved by submitting a proposal to showcase some of your important regional activities and strategies in the areas of economic development, health, education, local facilities/services, transportation, natural resources management or more. The deadline for submission for workshops, presentations, panel sessions and posters is Feb. 15, 2013.
Download the complete information.

Other Items of Interest

New report examine underemployment in urban and rural America

The effects of the Great Recession, which began in December 2007 and official ended in June 2009, continue to ripple through the U.S. economy. The number of underemployed – including part-time workers in search of full-time work or those working part-time because the hours of former full-time jobs were reduced involuntarily – are still stubbornly high. Using data from the Current Population Survey, a new Carsey Institute report explores changes in underemployment since 2005 among rural and urban workers.
Read the report.

ICMA series examines asset-based economic development and building sustainable rural communities

The International City/County Management Association (ICMA) has released a three-part series of briefing papers focused on asset-based economic development and building sustainable rural communities. The papers include case studies of several small communities across the country. The first is focused on industry and industry clusters, with part two examining natural resources and amenities, and part three focused on existing infrastructure, and historic and cultural resources.

“Strategies for Economic Improvement in Appalachia’s Distressed Rural Counties” webinar now available

University of Tennessee researchers hosted a recent webinar to review the Appalachian Regional Commission-sponsored study “Strategies for Economic Improvement in Appalachia's Distressed Rural Counties.” Based on the experiences of ten representative counties, the study examines the challenges to economic and community development efforts in rural Appalachian communities and the ways in which local governments, agencies, and community organizations are responding.
See the recording on the ARC’s YouTube channel.

Conferences and Trainings

Southern SAWG Conference

Practical Tools & Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms
January 23-26, 2013
Little Rock, Arkansas

Southern Rural Sociological Association Annual Meeting

Social Stabilization in the Twenty-First Century: The Role of Rural Communities
Feb. 2-5, 2013
Orlando, Florida

New Partner for Smart Growth Conference

Building Safe, Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Communities
Feb. 7-9, 2013
Kansas City, Missouri

9th Annual Tri-State Diversity Conference

Bridges to Cultural Inclusion
February 21-22, 2013
Hebron, Kentucky

Community Development Society Annual Conference

Beyond the Boundaries: Creating Innovation through Regional Collaboration
July 21-24, 2013
Charleston, South Carolina
Call for Submissions (Deadline: Feb. 15, 2013)

Job Opportunities

Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, College of Family and Consumer Sciences, University of Georgia


Associate or Full Professor in Agricultural Sustainability, Division of Agriculture Research and Extension, University of Arkansas


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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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