Around The South
October 2013 Vol. 9, No. 10
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Shideler Receives 2013 Bonnie Teater Award

Oklahoma State University Extension Economist David Shideler received the 2013 Bonnie Teater Community Development Early Career Achievement Award at this year’s Galaxy Conference. Shideler’s list of accomplishments includes more than125 reports on retail analysis, economic impact analysis and sustainable community/strategic planning. Additionally, he has developed curriculum for the National e-Commerce Initiative of the Southern Rural Development Center.
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Center Releases New Policy Resources

The National Agriculture and Rural Development Policy Center (NARDeP), coordinated by the four Regional Rural Development Centers, has announced its new web-based publications series. Authored by top researchers from around the country, NARDeP offers sources of policy insights such as policy briefs, data briefs, and working papers on a number of timely rural issues.
These are available free of charge at: http://nardep.info/Publications_2.html

New e-Commerce competitive grants announced

The SRDC is pleased to partner with the Mississippi State University Extension Service that is providing leadership for a National e-Commerce Extension Initiative to introduce, strengthen and expand the delivery of Extension-based e-commerce educational outreach programs relevant to the needs of small businesses and communities in rural America. Four new grants will be awarded through this initiative.


E-commerce is an important strategy for rural businesses to consider as they seek to reach broader markets and improve their efficiency. The initiative is also intended to expand the capacity of rural communities to gain easier access to local information and services.


Application guidelines and additional information on the competitive grants for this initiative are available at http://srdc.msstate.edu/news/files/ecommerce_proposal_guidelines.pdf.

The SRDC director search has begun

The Southern Rural Development Center Director's position has been officially posted on Mississippi State University's Human Resources website: (https://www.jobs.msstate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1381182554434) (Click Search Postings and select Associate Professor/ Professor and Director, SRDC).


The Center Director is responsible for carrying out policies and procedures established by the SRDC Board of Directors. Duties include:

  • Managing the Center's budget, activities and programs.
  • Generating and directing innovative multistate research and extension programs.
  • Promoting the Center's mission, capabilities and program with primary funding organizations, potential financial supporters and clientele.
  • Providing synergistic leadership to public and private rural development activities in the South.
  • Seeking funding and other resources to support state and multistate development activities of the participating states and institutions.
  • Fostering more effective and better funded partnerships among the region's 1862 and 1890 land-grant institutions.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Initial screening will begin on Oct. 31, 2013.

Conferences and Trainings

Southern Rural Sociological Association Annual Meeting:

Connecting Our Communities: Preparing for the Next 100 Years
February 1 – 4, 2014
Dallas, Texas

The 45th annual meeting of the Southern Rural Sociological Association (SRSA) will be held concurrently with the Southern Association of Agricultural Scientists (SAAS). The call for papers is open through Thursday, Oct. 31. 2013 and the theme of the meeting is: Reimaging the Future of Agriculture: Building Knowledge for Sustainability and Resilience.

Additional information is available on the SRSA web site: http://www.ag.auburn.edu/auxiliary/srsa/pages/meeting.html/.

New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

February 13-15, 2014
Hyatt Regency Denver Hotel, Denver, Colorado

This multi-disciplinary program includes 80 plenaries, breakouts and workshops, and will feature cutting-edge policies and programs, projects, best practices, as well as strategies and implementation tools that address the challenges of implementing smart growth development principles.

Visit www.NewPartners.org for more details on the conference program, tours, special events and opportunities, featured speakers, travel and hotel information, local attractions, and to register.

10th Annual Tri-State Diversity Conference

Celebrating Our Journey— From Awareness to Action
February 20-21, 2014

Marriott, Cincinnati Airport
Conference information is available at: http://ces.ca.uky.edu/tristatediversityconference/

A Joint Conference of the National Value Added Conference and What Works III Regional Conference

Enhancing food security and rural viability through innovative food system practices and opportunities
May 13-15, 2014

Holiday Inn Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland

This conference represents a few novel ideas: it is the first joint meeting between the National Value Added and the Northeast Regional Center, it will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the MarketMaker program, and it offers a unique opportunity for constituents to discuss timely subjects in rural development and food security.

Conference information is available at: http://www.agmrc.org/national-value-added-agriculture-conference.

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