Around The South
May 2015 Vol. 11, No. 5
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Stronger Economies Together Heading into Phase V

Stronger Economies Together (SET) celebrates its fifth year by entering into Phase V. The program is now in place in 30 states with the addition of regions in Iowa and North Dakota. Phase V also includes regions located in Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Virginia.

SET is an initiative that enables communities in rural America to work together to develop an economic development blueprint that strategically builds on the current and emerging strengths of their region. Launched in 2010 by USDA Rural Development and the nation’s four Regional Rural Development Centers and their land-grant university partners, SET has provided the specialized training and technical assistance to help rural areas compete in the global job market by pooling their resources across county boundaries.                                   
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SRDC is Pleased to Award Dr. Susan Jakes with the Bonnie Teater Award

The Southern Rural Development Center is proud to honor Dr. Susan Jakes as the 2015 recipient of the Bonnie Teater Community Development Early Career Achievement Award. Jakes is a member of the Department of Psychology at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Jakes is the Associate State Program Leader of Community and Rural Development for the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service at North Carolina State University. In this capacity, she provides the strategic direction for community and economic programming for Extension and is the university’s point person for integration of economic development programming with Extension’s flagship initiatives of Agriculture, Local Foods, and Youth Development.                                    
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Community Leadership Article Series by Kenneth Pigg

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and University of Kentucky officials announced the establishment of the USDA Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. The center will use cutting-edge solutions in child nutrition to reduce child food insecurity in states with the highest number of persistently poor rural counties. Currently, about 85 percent of all persistently poor counties in the United States are in rural areas, and children are one of the most vulnerable groups living in rural areas.                                   
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SRDC Partners with University of Kentucky to Establish National Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center through USDA Grant

Effective community leaders know their community inside and out. They are confident, bringing residents together and passing on that same sense of empowerment. These leaders encourage diversity, different types of people working toward the same end goal, as the solution to solving community problems. A community is a group of people who need each other to survive and succeed, and effective leaders can be the catalyst to initiate change and guide community members to success. Kenneth Pigg outlines these topics in his community leadership articles.                                    
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SRDC Partnering with University of Vermont on Research on Health Insurance and Economic Development in the Agriculture Sector

The University of Vermont was awarded a four-year, $500,000 USDA Rural Communities and Regional Development grant to investigate how health insurance options and health care reforms impact the farm and ranch population in the United States.

This grant is part of a $14 million USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture initiative to increase prosperity in rural America.  Through research led by the University of Vermont with help from SRDC, and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, the study will focus on promoting rural community development, economic growth, and sustainability.
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Grant Connections

Rural Community Development Initiative: Department of Agriculture Utilities Programs

This research competition’s goal is to increase the nation’s understanding and knowledge about the importance and potential of national and community service, volunteering, and civic engagement in America. We are seeking applications to design and implement research studies that build on existing research in the field, address gaps in knowledge, and provide new ideas and methodological approaches to the study of national service and civic engagement.
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National Service and Civic Engagement Research Competition

This research competition’s goal is to increase the nation’s understanding and knowledge about the importance and potential of national and community service, volunteering, and civic engagement in America. We are seeking applications to design and implement research studies that build on existing research in the field, address gaps in knowledge, and provide new ideas and methodological approaches to the study of national service and civic engagement.

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National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Head Start (OHS) in partnership with the Office of Child Care (OCC) announces the availability of an estimated $6,500,000 to be competitively awarded for a National Center on Parent, Family and Community Engagement. The Center will disseminate high-quality, research-informed resources and provide training and technical assistance associated with family well-being, effective family and community engagement, and children school readiness. Applications due by July 20, 2015.
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Job Opportunities

Assistant Director for 4-H Programs

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) (www.aces.edu) at Auburn University is seeking applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Director for 4-H Programs. This 12-month administrative position will be located at Auburn University and fit within the organizational structure of ACES. The Assistant Director position reports directly to the ACES Associate Director. The position is classified as an Extension Specialist with an ACES administrative appointment. Tenure and faculty status may be granted by the appropriate Auburn University College depending upon the applicant’s scholarship record. The Assistant Director will be an active member of the ACES System Program Team.
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Extension Journal, Inc. Seeks Proposals for Editorial Oversight

Extension Journal, Inc. seeks proposals for editorial oversight and practices for publication of the corporation’s flagship product, the Journal of Extension. The Journal of Extension (JOE) creates opportunities for professionals and students to publish intellectual, creative work; nurtures and develops emerging scholars and new authors in the publication process; encourages professional development; and advances the theory and practice of the Cooperative Extension System. Request for Proposals Due: May 31, 2015
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Community Development Society 2015 Conference: Lexington, KY

July 19 – 22, 2015

The Community Development Society has a history of encouraging community transformation through creativity and imagination. The CDS conference provides an excellent environment for community developers to share experiences, research, and strategies through a vast array of events including preconference workshops, panel sessions, keynote speakers, mobile learning workshops, poster sessions, networking receptions and presentations. Elements of creative expression will be infused throughout the 2015 CDS conference to highlight the conference theme. Registration opens in May!

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2015 National Extension Tourism Conference

October 27-29, 2015

Join us for the 2015 National Extension Tourism Conference: Coast to Coast Tourism Matters in Galveston, Texas at Moody Gardens Hotel Spa & Convention Center. At the conference you will hear from top professionals, participate in interactive tourism presentations and learn about current tourism development best practices. You will meet people from across the nation and learn what extension is doing for local communities and businesses. Field experience tours of local tourism destinations included. The National Extension Tourism (NET) Conference Program Committee invites proposals for the 2015 NET Conference. The committee encourages all proposal submitters to “connect” their work in tourism and recreation development to the conference’s theme Coast to Coast Tourism Matters.

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12th Annual Tri-State Diversity Conference : Hebron, KY

February 18 – 19, 2016

>The Tri-State Diversity Conference is hosted by four land grant universities from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. It is designed for administrators, faculty, and staff from Cooperative Extension, research, and academic programs; private and public university representatives; K-12 educators; community outreach leaders; health and social services professionals; employers and supervisors; human resource staff; elected and appointed officials; and all others wanting to expand diversity efforts and increase cultural understanding in their communities and workplaces.

Proposals for presentations are being invited for the 2016 conference on best practices, curriculum models, research, professional development training, and success stories for implementing diversity initiatives in a variety of settings as it relates to this year’s conference theme, “A Healthy Perspective on Diversity-Progress, Partnerships, and Possibilities.” The Planning Sub-Committee is seeking proposals for beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of diversity learning. These proposals are peer-reviewed and you will be notified by August 1, 2015 if your presentation has been selected for presentation at the 2016 conference.

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Extension Sustainability Summit 2016: Portland, OR

April 5 – 7, 2016

Held for the first time in 2013, this popular event promises an exciting two-day Summit addressing sustainability and Cooperative Extension's outreach activities and opportunities. Plus field trips! And all the local foods and sustainably-created fun the Rose City has to offer!

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Community Health Needs Assessments in Rural Communities using Principles of Community Based Participatory Research

June 9, 2015
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Strategies for Developing Successful CRED Extension Programs: Perspectives of a Program Leader

June 15, 2015
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Grow your Business – Online Presence Strategies

May 14, 2015
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Broadband Inventories and Mapping

March 11, 2015 
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Webinar: HEARTH Act

February 11, 2015                                                                                                                                                                        Learn more.

Calculating What to Save for Retirement

February 3, 2015
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Easy as PIE Webinar Series: January—Public opinion of genetically modified food

January 28, 2015
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The Business of Broadband – Getting Started

January 20, 2015
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Marketing Your Products - Turning Samples into Sales

January 20, 2015
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Developing a Personal Asset Allocation Strategy

January 13, 2015
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