Around The South
November 2015 Vol. 11, No. 10
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues: 
Developing and Implementing an Effective E-Commerce Program:

December 16th, 2015 9am CT/10am ET

This webinar will discuss how to effectively use the Internet and broadband technologies that are crucial for many rural small businesses; however, many of these businesses do not have the necessary experience or knowledge. This webinar will introduce the Oklahoma State University E-Commerce program that addresses this gap by providing businesses with the tools and hands-on experiences necessary to become active online.  This webinar will highlight workshops, teaching approaches, success stories and evaluation metrics. 

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SRDC is pleased to be a Sponsor of the 2016 NACDEP/ANREP Annual Conference:

June 26-29, 2016: Burlington, Vermont

Call for Proposals

NACDEP and ANREP invite you to submit a proposal to share your successful programs, research findings, and expertise with fellow members. Networking and learning are two of the primary benefits that our associations offer our fellow members. As you reflect on this year’s 2016 joint conference theme, “Building a Path to Resiliency: Uniting Natural Resources & Community Development,” consider the knowledge, skills, experience and expertise you have and how that can help others in our organization improve their own skills, enhance their research and programs, and strengthen Cooperative Extension and the people and communities we serve. Click Here to Submit  
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Congratulations to University of Tennessee:  USDA Awards $2 Million for Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Research

One of SRDC’s land grant institutions, The University of Tennessee, was awarded $2 million in grants to support research on nutrition education and obesity prevention for disadvantaged children and families by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The funding will help create two additional Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Centers of Excellence (RNECE), established through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). 
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Cambio de Colores Call for Presentations for 2016 Annual Conference - Latinos in the Heartland: Building Bridges, Dialogue, and Opportunity

Call for presentations for the 2016 conference is now open. The deadline is February 1, 2016.  For questions about submissions please email decolores@missouri.edu
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Grant Connections

Call for Research Proposals: Drivers of Rural Innovation and Implications for Community and Regional Economic Development

SRDC is pleased to help promote the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development National call for proposal to support data access and research in rural business innovation and economic development. As international competition and knowledge intensity in economic activity have increased, innovation in new products, services, and ways of doing business has emerged as a key driver of productivity and growth. USDA’s Rural Establishment Innovation Survey (REIS) provides a new and rich array of data on innovative practices and technologies that will allow researchers to address questions about the ways in which business innovation is happening in rural areas, and its dependence and impact on rural communities and regional economies. Proposals are due by 5pm (EST) of February 25, 2016.
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Funding and Design Assistance Available for Rural Communities

The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™ 2016-2017 Request for Proposals is now open for rural communities facing design challenges, from main street revitalization to art-based community development. CIRD will select up to six communities, with populations 50,000 or less, to host a two-and-a-half-day workshop aimed at solving local design challenges and planning for the future. Selected communities receive a CIRD stipend of $10,000 dollars and in-kind professional assistance to organize the workshop and follow up activities.  The workshops are interdisciplinary and feature a wide range of design, planning, and creative place making professionals, bringing together local leaders from non-profits, community organizations, and government agencies to develop actionable solutions to a community’s pressing design challenges.  To apply and learn more, click here. The application deadline is January 12, 2016.            
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Job Opportunities


Extension Climate Science Conference: Bozeman, Montana

December 8-10, 2015

The 2015 Extension Climate Science Conference will be December 8-10, 2015 in Bozeman, MT at the Montana State University Student Union Building (SUB). You'll learn about: Climate Science Basics, Montana and Regional Climate Trends, Stakeholder Perspectives, Tools and Resources for Extension Programming, Effective Communication Techniques, and Program-focused Discussions and Opportunities to Collaborate. Please join out list for updates: extensionclimatescience@montana.edu

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New Partners for Smart Growth: Portland, Oregon

February 11-13, 2016

The New Partners Conference is heading back to the West Coast – Portland – after stops in America’s Heartland, the Rockies and the Chesapeake Bay over the past three years. The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event, the theme for New Partners 2016 is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities, “underscoring this year’s stronger emphasis on implementation. The program will feature tools, strategies, focused training and new technologies that will help communities NOW.

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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.

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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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2016 National Health Outreach Conference: Roanoke, VA

April 5 – 7, 2016

Health literacy is emerging as a leading issue affecting U.S. consumers' health. It has been shown to be a stronger predictor of a person's health than age, income, employment status, education level, or race. To best meet the health literacy needs of consumers, Extension educators can use best practice guidelines for improved health communications to develop effective educational materials, which include getting to know the target audience; sending clear, actionable message(s); and using appropriate formatting with meaningful visuals. Extension educators can apply these best practice guidelines to better promote health-related behaviors and communicate science more effectively to consumers.

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15th Annual Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Conference: Columbia, MO

June 8 – 10, 2016

You should check out this conference focused on immigrant integration in new destination areas. It brings together folks from NGOs, service providers, educators, researchers, policymakers, students and others to discuss the research and best practices that are working to help strengthen our communities and empower our community members. 

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Southern CRD Webinar Series:

Developing and Implementing an Effective E-Commerce Program

December 16th, 2015 9am CT/10am ET
Webinar Link

National CRD Indicators Team Webinar Series: 

Shoestring Evaluation: New Hampshire’s Experience Measuring CRED Impacts with Limited Resources and Expertise

February 2nd, 2015 2:00 pm Central/ 3:00 pm Eastern
More Info Coming Soon


Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

November:  Getting Community Stakeholders to Identify Water Quality Issues and Priorities Using Liberating Structures Webinar:

Webinar Recording

October:  South Region CRD Webinar Series – Youth Engagement Leadership Program

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National CRD Indicators Team Webinar Series:

Evaluating for Public Value through Impact Narratives Webinar

November 9th, 2015 1:00 pm Central/ 2:00 pm Eastern
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Other Great Webinars:

More on Cyber Security

November 6th, 2015 11:15am Central/ 12:15pm Eastern
Here’s the link to the Google+ Event
Here’s the link to the YouTube page

Why Local Food Matters

September 10th, 2015, 10 a.m.
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Unequal Treatment: Disparities in Access, Quality, and Care

August 18, 2015, 1 p.m.
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