Around The South
August 2013 Vol. 9, No. 8
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Broadband Availability: Geography Matters

Across the board, rural areas lag urban ones in their access to broadband. A first-of-its-kind map and a state-by-state chart compute the geographical difference in “availability,” which is the first piece of the rural broadband puzzle. Check out this Daily Yonder article, based on a report funded by the National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy (NARDeP) Center.
Read more.

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 now!

Other Items of Interest

Small-Town Main Streets Go Mobile

A West Virginia project helps communities build their own mobile apps, creating tools for business and communication. Learn more about this innovative initiative in the Daily Yonder article available here.

Well-designed $20,000 houses for the poor? Rural Studio makes them

20K Houses, a visionary project of the architects at Rural Studio in Alabama, designs and builds innovative $20,000 houses. The goal is to have models that can be reproduced on a large scale and can also be sold with a Section 502 loan provided through the federal Rural Housing Service.
Get the details.

New Carsey Institute Report Analyzes Mid-Skill Jobs in Rural America

A new Carsey Institute research brief uses data from the Current Population Survey collected from 2003 to 2012 to assess trends in employment in middle-skill jobs and the Great Recession’s impact on middle-skill workers, with particular attention paid to differences between those in rural and urban places. Author Justin Young reports that roughly half (51 percent) of American workers living in rural areas held middle-skill jobs in 2012—positions requiring at least some on-the-job training, an apprenticeship-type experience, or postsecondary education but no more than a two-year degree. This figure is well above the national average of 43 percent and the urban average of 42 percent. Download the brief.

Conferences and Trainings

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/.

READYCOMMUNITY FACILITATOR TRAINING

September 23-25, 2013
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.

EXTENSION SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT

October 2-3, 2013
Park City, Utah
http://wrdc.usu.edu/htm/programs/ess

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/

CREATING RURAL WEALTH AND ENHANCING FOOD SECURITY FOR RURAL AMERICA THROUGH INNOVATIVE PRACTICES –A JOINT CONFERENCE OF THE NATIONAL VALUE ADDED CONFERENCE AND WHAT WORKS III REGIONAL CONFERENCE

May 13-15, 2014
Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland
http://agmrc.org/national-value-added-agriculture-conference
Enhancing food security and rural viability through innovative food system practices and opportunities — improving the connections between producers and consumer

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