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

SRDC Items of Interest

SRDC Announces New Director for the Center

SRDC is pleased to announce the selection of its new director, Dr. Steve Turner, who has served as head of the MSU Department of Agricultural Economics for 12 years. Dr. Turner will officially begin as the Center’s director Jan. 1.

Turner, a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, came to MSU in 2003 after a 17-year career at the University of Georgia as a professor in its Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. During Turner’s tenure, the MSU Department of Agricultural Economics has averaged seven awards, 104 undergraduates, 20 graduate students, 24 refereed journal articles, and $664,161 in external grants and contracts per year.

His previous organizational leadership appointments include one year as president of the Southern Agricultural Economics Association and three years as chair of the Board of Directors for the Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics.

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National CRD Webinar Series Continues: Shoestring Evaluation:
New Hampshire’s Experience Measuring CRED Impacts with Limited Resources and Expertise

This webinar will share with you how a fledgling CRED program (with few resources and no evaluation expertise) targeted its evaluation efforts to craft a compelling story, how that compelling story led to investment in new and expanded programs, and future plans for scaling up New Hampshire’s CRED evaluation capacity.  All while still considering limited expertise, time, and resources.

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SRDC Sponsoring the 2016 NACDEP/ANREP Annual Conference:

June 26-29, 2016: Burlington, Vermont

This year’s 2016 joint conference theme, “Building a Path to Resiliency: Uniting Natural Resources & Community Development.” For the first time, NACDEP and ANREP are teaming up for a Joint Annual Conference June 26-29, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in beautiful and vibrant Burlington, Vermont. Between our memberships, we are anticipating over 350 attendees, providing an excellent opportunity to broaden your Extension Network, present and learn from your peers, and learn from an expanded topic menu. Our Burlington location features an impressive diversity of both established and new, innovative and best practice programs from community and economic development, forestry, water quality, housing, local food, social justice, place making, environmental education, arts and culture, sustainability, public and private initiatives – plus many more. Registration for the conference opens February 15th, 2016.
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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 Proposals: Approaches to Address Climate Change at the Local Level

SRDC is pleased to help promote The Western Rural Development Center (WRDC) call for proposals for book chapters and policy briefs describing research and/or outreach programs that help rural communities address climate change concerns in rural areas of the United States. While the causes of climate change are global and beyond the control of individual communities, the impacts are local and vary widely from one community to another. We seek to share successful or innovative ideas or programs that help rural communities address these problems and concerns. Proposal deadline is January 29, 2016. Please direct your questions regarding this Call for Proposals to: Don E. Albrecht, don.albrecht@usu.edu.
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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

Community Development Extension Field Specialist I, Extension Service, South Dakota State University

SDSU Extension is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Community Development Extension Field Specialist. We are looking for an individual to join us in growing and building our regional extension center located in Aberdeen, SD, by successfully engaging the public and bridging research to practice. Minimum requirements: Master’s Degree in Community Development, Sociology, or other closely related field by start date; documented experience in community development practice; demonstrated ability to plan, implement, and evaluate educational and community development programs; demonstrated experience in working with entrepreneurs and supporting businesses; demonstrated experience in leading programs that effectively involve people from different cultural, racial and/or ethnic backgrounds; demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs; demonstrated experience in developing entrepreneurs and supporting businesses; and valid South Dakota driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel. Salary commensurate with qualifications. Full consideration given to applications received by January 15, 2016. For more information on the position, contact Kenny Sherin at (605) 995-7378 or Kenneth.Sherin@sdstate.edu. To apply, visit https://YourFuture.sdbor.edu, search for the position, and follow the electronic application process. For questions on the electronic employment process, contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128. SDSU is an AA/EEO employer.            
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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. Registration deadline is January 21, 2016.

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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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79th Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting: Toronto, Canada

August 7-10, 2016

2016 RSS Annual Meeting Call for Papers, Posters, and Organized Sessions. The theme of the 2016 conference is Understanding Rural Social Class in an Era of Global Challenge and will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 7 - 10 August 2016. The call for papers deadline is Friday, February 5, 2016 11:59 pm (EST).

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Southern CRD Webinar Series:

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: 

December:Developing and Implementing an Effective E-Commerce Program

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

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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