Around The South
January 2013 Vol. 9, No. 1
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Longtime SRDC director headed to Purdue

Dr. Bo Beaulieu, who has led the SRDC for more than 15 years, has been named as Director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development/Assistant Vice President for Engagement at Purdue University. In advance of his April 1 start date at Purdue, he shares his thoughts with his colleagues.
Read more.

NARDeP Center announces upcoming natural gas extractions webinar

The National Agricultural & Rural Development Policy (NARDeP) Center will host a free “Natural Gas Extraction: Issues and Policy Options” webinar Wednesday, Feb. 27 at noon (ET) that explores the basics of modern natural gas extraction and the challenges and opportunities of today’s natural gas industry.
Get the details.

USDA Rural Development releases Progress Report 2012

With an active portfolio of more than $176 billion in loans and loan guarantees, USDA Rural Development has provided affordable housing, improved utility infrastructure, and helped businesses and cooperatives create jobs, build rural economies, and increase the quality of life in rural areas.
Read a full copy of its 2012 Progress Report.

Other Items of Interest

Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design Issues RFP for rural communities facing design challenges

The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) is issuing a request for proposals to rural communities facing design challenges to host local workshops in 2013. Successful applicants will receive a $7,000 grant and in-kind design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000.
Find out more.

MSU hosts free food defense workshop for producers and processors

Mississippi State University Extension Service is providing free food defense workshops for producers, processors, and others involved in the food industry to help participants preclude and better prepare their operations/facilities in the event of intentional contamination and/or natural disasters that could affect the safety of their livestock/products and ultimately consumers.
Check it out.

Big changes in rural/exurban poverty rates

University of Tennessee researchers hosted a recent webinar to review the Appalachian Poverty rates have been rising. In 2007, the rural rate was 15.8 percent. Nationally, the poverty rate has gone from 12.9 percent in 2007 to 15.9 percent in 2011. The poverty rate has risen 2.9 points on average in the entire U.S. Among all rural residents, the average poverty rate increased 2.5 percentage points. This Daily Yonder report lists the counties that had the largest increases and decreases in their poverty rates.
See the recording on the ARC’s YouTube channel.

Conferences and Trainings

Webinar: “Energy for Economic Growth: Policy Tools For Expanding Distributed Renewable Energy Generation”

Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST
Register for this free webinar at http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v=2&c=9UJzyzpTodhClTSZo78%2FH3zFlfjztq4r.
In this webinar hosted by the 25x’25 Alliance, presenters will review the steps that Germany and other European countries have taken to promote renewable energy. In addition, the organization will also use this opportunity to release 25x’25’s latest report, titled “Energy for Economic Growth: Pathways for Accelerating and Expanding Distributed Renewable Energy Generation in America”.

Webinar Presenters:
Dr. Georg Maue, First Secretary Climate and Energy Policy, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Günter Hörmandinger, First Counselor – Environment, Delegation of the European Union to the United States of America
Jerry Vap, Project Chair, 25x’25 Energy for Economic Growth Work Group
Tim Fink, Project Manager, 25x’25 Energy for Economic Growth Initiative
Moderator: Ernie Shea, Project Coordinator, 25x’25

Webinar: Overview of USDA Rural Development Loan Program

Mark Brodziski, (Rural Business and Cooperative Programs, USDA Rural Development) and John Broussard (Director, Business and Industry Division, USDA Rural Development)
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 at 2 p.m. (ET)

This free webinar, presented by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, will help participants to become more familiar with the Business Programs of USDA Rural Development. To join the webinar go to http://connect.msu.edu/ncrcrd. “Enter as a guest” is by default already chosen. Type your name into the text box provided, and click on “Enter Room”. You are now in the meeting room for the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and archived at http://ncrcrd.msu.edu/ncrcrd/chronological_archive.

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

Webinar: Top 10 Trends and Cool Tools in Social Media

Presenter - Julie Fox, Ohio State Extension
February 14, 2013 at 2 p.m. (ET)
Julie Fox joins the eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series again this year for a popular session on what's new in social media. This fast moving session goes beyond the latest statistics to demonstrate what's working and show you how to benefit from the latest social media trends and tools.
No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to participate. About 10 minutes prior to the start time simply go the Adobe Connect Pro meeting room at https://connect.extension.iastate.edu/etc-cop. You will be presented with a login screen that has an "Enter as Guest" option. Enter your full name then click "Enter Room" to join the conference. You will be able to hear the audio directly from your computer’s speakers.

9th Annual Tri-State Diversity Conference

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


Presenter: Shannon Ferrell and Larry Sanders, Oklahoma State University
Wednesday, Feb. 27 at noon (ET)

The National Agricultural & Rural Development Policy (NARDeP) Center hosts a free webinar that will explore:

  • Basics of modern natural gas extraction, and the challenges & opportunities of today’s natural gas industry
  • Potential environmental and community impacts of natural gas development
  • Policy alternatives available to local, state, and federal governments for responding to these impacts, and what current research and theory suggest as potential consequences for these alternatives.
To access the free webinar go to http://connect.msu.edu/nardep. After opening the link, you will notice “enter as a guest” is by default already chosen. Please type your name into the text box provided, and click on “enter room.” You are now in the meeting room for this webinar. For questions, please contact Adam Reimer at apreimer@msu.edu.

Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference

Resilience and Rebuilding for Low Income Communities: Research to Inform Policy and Practice
April 11-12, 2013
Washington, D.C.
(Register by Feb. 18 for early bird discount)

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

Assistant Director for Family and Consumer Sciences Programs and Assistant Dean for Extension, Alabama Cooperative Extension System


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


Director, Communication and Marketing Unit, Alabama Cooperative Extension System


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