Around The South
December 2016 Vol. 12, No. 11
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues:

Community-Centered Design: How to Empower Residents to Shape the Development of their Communities


January 25th, 2017 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

Community-centered design is a methodology that invites a community to imagine and build places that reflect what matters most to them – both as a community and as individuals. Often in Extension, we conduct assessments as a way to identify community needs and determine solutions for solving community problems. There are various methods to gather that local input and, at times, traditional methods for data collection are too time consuming and are not accessible to many people. This session will introduce a community-centered design approach and the engagement tools to support a more accessible, transparent, and democratic process.

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Diversity and Inclusion Issue Corps Deadline Extended

Deadline: January 5th, 2017

The eXtension Foundation is seeking proposals for 35 projects focused on improving Diversity and Inclusion within Cooperative Extension, its partners, and the public. We are seeking projects that can have a visible, measurable impact at the local level. The eXtension Issue Corps process combines virtual and face-to-face events (a designathon) and experiences to assist in project development, program innovation, use of technology, innovative design, problem solving, and gaining expertise focused on the solutions needed.
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SERA 47: Strengthening the Southern Region Extension and Research System to Support Local & Regional Foods Needs and Priorities Launches

With nearly all of the SRDC’s 13 states represented, the newly formed SERA 47 held its first annual meeting to begin work on the five identified goals. With 45 people in attendance, the two day meeting resulted in solid plans to move this important work forward around these goals:

Identify the top 10 pressing issuesin food systems work within the region to direct future Extension and Research activities.

Create learning communitiesaround high-priority needs in the food system in the next three to five years.

Design a user-friendly repositoryof local foods system resources that meet the needs of Extension and Research professionals in the land-grant system.

Strengthen the capacity of research and Extension professionals in the Southern Region for gathering, communicating, and promoting impactdata and analyzing secondary data through identification and sharing of common measures, resources, and tools.

Identify successful processes, collaborative leadership, networking frameworks, creative staffing, and organizational structuresof land-grant universities participating in the development of local and regional food systems.
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CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, TRAININGS

16th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Saint Louis, MO

February 2-4, 2017

The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event, the theme for the 2017 conference is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities,” underscoring a stronger emphasis on implementation tools and strategies, and new technologies that will help communities NOW! The program will span three full days with post-conference events scheduled for Sunday, February 5. The main program will kick off on Thursday morning, February 2, with a plenary starting at 10:00 am, and continue through Saturday afternoon, closing at 4:00 pm. The schedule includes a dynamic mix of plenaries, breakouts, implementation workshops, focused training sessions, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and coordinated networking activities. It will also feature exciting tours of local model projects in and around the greater St. Louis region.

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Local Foods Impact Conference: Washington, D.C.

April 3-4, 2017

In partnership with the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, the George Washington University Sustainability Collaborative has planned an action-packed two days. From plenaries with impressive keynoters, to roll-up-your sleeves workshops, we will come together to identify the kinds of metrics and data that will help the new Administration, Congress, and local food leaders better understand and evaluate the impacts of USDA local food investments. Over cocktails and Local Food System Tours we will exchange stories about what’s going on in communities across the country. Before our time together ends, we will make new friends, and envision a pathway forward that continues to build on our success.

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National Health Outreach Conference: Annapolis, Maryland

May 2-4, 2017

The conference theme ‘Navigating the World of Health: A Sea of Opportunity’ will set the stage as we explore new ideas, best practices, promising research, and innovative educational outreach. This conference seeks to provide a multi-disciplinary and ecological view of health and wellness research, practice and outreach education. The conference will offer a combination of workshops, seminars, research updates, theoretical perspectives, and thought-provoking dialogue to fully engage participants in the dynamic and complex world of health. Using the Social Ecological Model as our framework, the conference tracks will offer opportunity for participants to gain new perspectives on how the multifaceted nature of our society, and how each sector influences health.

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Engaging in Collective Purpose 2017 Urban Extension Conference: MPLS/St. Paul, MN

May 7-11, 2017

The conference program will take place Monday, May 8-11th and preceded by the National Urban Leaders meeting on Sunday May 7th. The conference will provide opportunities for Extension professionals from all program areas to share their research and innovative educational strategies that address the needs of urban, suburban, and peri-urban populations as well as urban-rural interdependencies. The program planning committee plans for participants to learn about cutting edge research and to see innovative outreach efforts that successfully transfer research-based information to various urban clientele. Proposals may be for presentations, workshops, posters, and panels (defined below) for the 2017 Conference. Abstracts that highlight research and/or outreach activities that involve partnerships between practitioners and Extension professionals are especially encouraged. We are also looking for innovative ideas that are just that, ideas; which can be presented in an Ignite format. Deadline for proposals is September 30th, 2016

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NERCRD Rural Business Innovation and Economic Development Workshop: Charleston, WV

May 15-17, 2017

The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development (NERCRD) is pleased to announce a new conference in its acclaimed What Works workshop series. The conference theme this year is Rural Business Innovation and Economic Development, and the event will be held in conjunction with Create West Virginia’s Universal Design conference, at the Civic Center in Charleston, WV on May 15-17, 2017. 1 The conference seeks to answer the question, How do we (re)create buildings, communities, learning places, programs and products to better meet needs of 21st Century people? To this end we seek presentations that may include papers, posters or educational (Extension) programs addressing some aspect of new or innovative product development in a broad sense. Topics may include new products, services (such as agri-tourism) or business processes, including those based in the arts, or creative ways of valorizing while preserving natural assets, including wilderness trails, whitewater rafting and the development of other nature-based recreational opportunities. Submission deadline is December 13, 2016

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NACDEP and CDS Joint Conference: Big Sky, MT

June 11-14, 2017

The National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals and the Community Development Society are hosting a joint conference under the theme, “Big Skies/Bold Partnerships Moving Mountains Together”.

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National Extension Tourism Conference: Princeton, NJ

August 8-10, 2017

Experience tourism in the 21st Century in New Jersey, engaging with current research, program models and business development in tourism.

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WEBINAR SERIES

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

Community-Centered Design: How to Empower Residents to Shape the Development of their Communities

January 25h, 2017 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

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National CRD Indicators Team Webinar Series: 

Documenting Community Outcomes with Surveys: A how-to on designing questions & collecting data

February 6th, 2017 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

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ARCHIVED WEBINARS

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

December: Considerations in Managing Oil and Gas Development and Forest Resources

November: Igniting the Sparl for Community Development: Developing Community Readiness

Webinar Recording

October: Local & Regional Foods: Connecting Regional Efforts

Webinar Recording

August: Responsive Countryside: The Digital Age and Rural Communities

Webinar Recording

July:Using Aging-in-Place to Connect At-risk Youth and Seniors

Webinar Recording

June:Tourism in Extension: How we Assist Landowners, Communities and the Public at Large

Webinar Recording

April: Bricks to Clicks | Using Facebook to Market Your Business, Community or Local Government

Webinar Recording

March: You've got the Position, Now Make Sure You Have the Talent

Webinar Recording

February: Community Food Systems and Healthy Food Access Initiatives

Webinar Recording

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

January: Disaster Planning for the Prairie View A&M University Region

Webinar Recording

December: Developing and Implementing an Effective E-Commerce Program

Webinar Recording

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

Webinar Recording

National CRD Indicators Team Webinar Series:

The Importance of Collecting Impact Numbers to Promote Community Development Work

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

Webinar Recording

Evaluating for Public Value through Impact Narratives Webinar

Webinar Recording

Other Great Webinars:

Reaching Urban Veterans through Urban Horticulture

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The Impact of Latino-Owned Business on Local Economic Performance

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Improving the Health and Safety of NC Farmworker: Connecting Community

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Florida’s Urban Extension Strategic Plan

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