Around The South
July 2016 Vol. 12, No. 6
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

SRDC Congratulates the National and Regional Winners of the 2016 NACDEP Awards

SRDC would like to congratulate all of the national and regional winners of the 2016 National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals Awards. We would like to especially recognize the members of the CEDIK Team and the Center for Leadership Development from the University of Kentucky for receiving several national and regional awards.  A special shout-out goes to Marisa Aull who received both the national and Southern regional Cross-Program Award as well as the national JCEP Professional of the Year Award.
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National Association of Program and Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP) Sponsers Virtual Summer School Program

The Southern Region Program Leadership Network's Program and Staff Development Committee in cooperation with the National Association of Program and Staff Development Professionals, is sponsoring the 2016 Virtual Summer School Program August 15-18, 2016. This is a free virtual summer school that will focus on "The Use of Social Media as an Educational Tool". Registration is now open.
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Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues:

Responsive Countryside: The Digital Age and Rural Communities

August 16th, 2016 10:30am CT/11:30am ET

The digital age is upon us. Its exponential, digital, combinatorial, and disruptive characteristics are ushering in revolutionary changes to our economic and social landscape. While serious privacy and security concerns abound, applications such as e-commerce, telehealth, telework, precision agriculture, and artificial intelligence have the potential to level the playing field between urban and rural communities. A four-step process in which the state Extension Service plays a critical role in helping rural communities transition to, plan for, and prosper in the digital age is showcased.

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County Health Rankings and Roadmaps' Strategies to Improve Rural Health

No single factor explains the significant differences in health between rural and other types of counties. So where do you start? And how do you know what is going to make a difference for your community?  This report outlines key steps toward building healthy communities—rural, urban, and anywhere in between—along with some specific policies and programs that can improve health. Policies and programs that have been tested in rural communities are highlighted throughout the report.
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Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Foundational Program

The AFRI Foundational Program is offered to support grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are: Plant Health and Production and Plant Products; Animal Health and Production and Animal Products; Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health; Bioenergy, Natural Resources, and Environment; Agriculture Systems and Technology; and Agriculture Economics and Rural Communities. Single-function Research Projects, multi-function Integrated Projects, and Food and Agricultural Science Enhancement (FASE) Grants are expected to address one of the Program Area Priorities (see Foundational Program RFA for details).
Deadline for application is August 31st, 2016.
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Using Linked Data to Advance Evidence-Based Policy Making: Helping Projects Utilize the U.S. Census Bureau Linkage Infrastructure 

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is soliciting a broad range of research and evaluation pilot studies exploring long-term outcomes of policies and interventions in order to inform public decision makers. We are seeking projects that link state and local administrative data in combination with data available at the Census Bureau to provide policy-relevant insights on public programs. Projects of interest may range in scope from impact evaluations of innovative strategies for delivering Federal programs to needs assessments conducted to more efficiently target services. In addition to full proposals, we also invite letters of interest for future projects. These are intended to gauge the demand from researchers1 and state and local governments for linking their data to the Census Bureau infrastructure and to inform capacity building within all levels of government. Projects may be summarized and disseminated with approval of proposal authors. Strong examples may be considered for future opportunities.
Deadline for application is September 20th, 2016.
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Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers competitively awarded grants to qualified small businesses to support high quality, advanced concepts research related to important scientific problems and opportunities in agriculture that could lead to significant public benefits. Proposed Phase I projects should prove the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept. Projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged across all SBIR topic areas. USDA SBIR's flexible research areas ensure innovative projects consistent with USDA's vision of a healthy and productive nation in harmony with the land, air, and water.
Deadline for application is October 6th, 2016.
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CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, TRAININGS

2016 SR-PLN, AEA & ASRED Joint Meeting: Nashville, TN

August 22-26, 2016
Creating New Harmonies: Addressing Regional Opportunities

Registration for the conference is now open.

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SERA-37 Annual Meeting: Nashville, TN

August 25-26, 2016

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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7th National Small Farm Conference: Virginia Beach, VA

September 20-22, 2016

At the conference, through short courses, oral and poster paper presentations, exhibits, success stories and educational tours in and around Virginia Beach you’ll: 1. Learn about innovative advances in research, extension and outreach 2. Network and strengthen existing partnerships with other small farm professionals 3.Take home new ideas that will help to ensure small farmers and ranchers in your region not only survive, but thrive in today’s economy.

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The Arts and Economic Development Workshop: Excelsior Springs, MO

September 26-27, 2016

The Community Development Academy Explores presents The Arts and Economic Development Workshop. Learn how the arts and culture can add to and diversify traditional community and economic development practices. This workshop will show you how the arts can favorably impact your local and regional economy. Registration now open.

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Exploring Linkages in Food Market Innovations, Food Distribution Research Society Annual Conference: New Orleans, LA

September 30 – October 1, 2016

Hosted by the Food Distribution Research Society, participants can explore a host of topics related to Food Systems work on a host of topics.  Explore the agenda and register for this exciting event.   

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National Association of Extension Program Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP): Ridgedale, MO

Decemeber 6-8, 2016

The NAEPSDP is soliciting proposals for presentations at the 2016 NAEPSDP Annual Conference. The theme for the 2016 conference is “Sustaining Connections: Reaching New Heights Together.” Presentation proposals will be accepted from NAEPSDP members and nonmembers alike for four different tracks and four different session types. Proposals from graduate student research or projects are encouraged. All presentation proposals must be submitted by no later than Friday, August 19, 2016

To submit a proposal

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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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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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:

Responsive Countryside: The Digital Age and Rural Communities

August 16th, 2016 10:30am CT/11:30am ET

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National CRD Indicators Team Webinar Series: 

Social Networking Analysis for the Uninitiated – What is it and what is it good for?

October 17th, 2016 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

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Other Webinars: 

Introduction to the Small Business Innovation Research Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program

August 10th, 2016 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

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ARCHIVED WEBINARS

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

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

April 25th, 2016 10am CT/11am ET

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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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