Around The South
June 2013 Vol. 9, No. 6
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

ReadyCommunity program seeking new state teams

The ReadyCommunity process complements and adds greater depth to FEMA’s 2010 publication “Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans: Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101”. ReadyCommunity has been pilot tested in seven locations across the nation, and will continue to train teams to begin the ReadyCommunity process in fall 2013. Applications are now being accepted for facilitator training, which takes place Sept. 23-25. Four person teams from the participating states are recommended, including an Extension person who will lead the initiative and an emergency manager from the proposed pilot site. All 50 states are eligible to attend the ReadyCommunity Facilitator Training, however rural areas are specifically targeted for inclusion in this training. Application deadline is July 8, 2013.
Download the application.

SET expands again in its fourth year

Stronger Economies Together (SET) celebrates its fourth year by expanding to new regions in 2013. Five states previously involved in SET (Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas) have been selected to expand to additional regions. Two new states, Nebraska and Illinois, join SET, an initiative that enables communities and counties in rural America to work together on a regional basis to develop an economic development blueprint that strategically builds on the current and emerging economic strengths of their region.
Read more.

RIDGE Center awards 2013 grants for food and nutrition assistance research

The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies @ the SRDC, in partnership with the Economic Research Service, is pleased to announce the 2013 slate of two doctoral dissertation grantees and four regular competitive grants program recipients. These innovative social sciences-based research projects exploring the food and nutrition assistance challenges facing key populations in rural America are slated to be completed fall 2014.
See the list of awards.

Reminder: Program Leadership Network conference registration now open

Online registration and conference information is now available for this summer’s Joint Meeting of the Southern Region Program Leadership Network, Association of Extension Administrators and Association of Southern Region Extension Directors, set for Aug. 19-23 in Nashville. This year’s theme is “Connecting Our Communities: Preparing for the Next 100 Years.” As the Land Grant System celebrates its first 100 years of the Smith-Lever Act, we look forward to what the next century will bring. Advances in technologies, changes in communities, and expanded partnership opportunities are among just a few of the possibilities as we move forward.
Register by July 15 for the early bird discount!

Other Items of Interest

Institute for Research on Poverty RIDGE Center calls for visiting scholar applications

The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) invites applications from U.S.-based food assistance scholars to visit the IRP RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research for one week during the 2013–2014 academic year, interact with its faculty in residence, and become acquainted with the staff and resources of the Institute. Application deadline is June 28, 2013.
Get the details.

Rural broadband access still lags cities

Rural communities located farthest from city centers continue to have the worst advertised rate of high-speed Internet access, according to a new federal report.
Read more from this Daily Yonder article.

The National Endowment for the Arts releases new research tool on working artists

The NEA released "Equal Opportunity Data Mining: National Statistics about Working Artists." This new online research tool offers 70 searchable tables with figures on working artists by state and metropolitan area, by demographic information (including race and ethnicity, age, gender, and disability status), and by residence and workplace. The public is welcome to investigate the tables, a map of state-level rankings, and links to original sources.
Check it out.

Conferences and Trainings

Community Development Society Annual Conference

Beyond the Boundaries: Creating Innovation through Regional Collaboration July 21-24, 2013
Charleston, South Carolina
http://www.comm-dev.org/.

2013 NATIONAL EXTENSION TOURISM CONFERENCE

Tourism: Building Lasting Relationships
August 6-9, 2013
Detroit, Michigan
http://extensiontourism.net/conference/

2013 JOINT MEETING PROGRAM LEADERSHIP NETWORK, AEA AND ASRED

Connecting Our Communities: Preparing for the Next 100 Years
August 19-23, 2013
Nashville, Tennessee
http://srpln.msstate.edu/conferences/13pln/info.html
Register by July 15 for Early Bird Discount!

READYCOMMUNITY FACILITATOR TRAINING

September 23-25, 2013
Download application
The ReadyCommunity process complements and adds greater depth to FEMA’s 2010 publication “Developing and Maintaining Emergency Operations Plans: Comprehensive Preparedness Guide 101”. ReadyCommunity has been pilot tested in seven locations across the nation, and will continue to train teams to begin the ReadyCommunity process in fall 2013. Applications are now being accepted for facilitator training, which takes place Sept. 23-25. Four person teams from the participating states are recommended, including an Extension person who will lead the initiative and an emergency manager from the proposed pilot site. All 50 states are eligible to attend the ReadyCommunity Facilitator Training, however rural areas are specifically targeted for inclusion in this training. Application deadline is July 8, 2013.

10TH ANNUAL TRI-STATE DIVERSITY CONFERENCE

Celebrating Our Journey— From Awareness to Action
February 20-21, 2014
Marriott, Cincinnati Airport
http://ces.ca.uky.edu/tristatediversityconference/
Call for Propostals-Deadline June 21, 2013

Job Opportunities

Assistant Director for Family and Consumer Sciences Programs and Assistant Dean for Extension

Auburn University
https://ssl.acesag.auburn.edu/posannc/files/FCS-Asst-Director-Asst-Dean-announcement-2nd-final.pdf

Program Leader for Community and Agriculture Research Development

West Virginia State University
http://www.wvstateu.edu/RDCorp.aspx

Submit Announcements

Job announcements and other items of interest may be sent to Meaghan Gordon for possible inclusion in future issues.


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