Around The South
September 2016 Vol. 12, No. 8
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

EPA Smart Growth Programs Aim to Help Communities

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting rural communities to apply for planning assistance programs as a part of their Rural Advantage initiative. Communities may apply for assistance through three programs: Local Foods, Local Places, Cool & Connected, or Healthy Places for Healthy People. 83 communities already benefiting from this assistance. Letters of interest will be accepted through November 6, 2016
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River Clean-Up Project in New River Valley, VA

The ReNew the New clean-up event was held on August 27th, 2016, on the New River in New River Valley, Virginia, a SRDC LEAD site. 450 volunteers attended the event and were able to clean 10 miles of the New River. Overall, 4 tons of trash was removed from the New River.
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Regional Planning and Business Development Success Stories Webinar

USDA Rural Development held a Webinar September 22nd discussing four of many of SET's success stories. The four regions that were highlighted are The Northern Neck Region in Virginia, Badlands Bad River Region in South Dakota, I-40 Corridor in Wester Oklahoma, and SET Forever Region in Northeast Louisiana.
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A New Issue Guide on “Economic Vitality: How Can We Improve Our Communities” Was Recently Released

Despite positive signs in terms of overall economic growth, the economy remains a key concern among many Americans. According to a Harris poll conducted in January 2016, Southerners were the most pessimistic about the future. For many in communities across the South, rapid change and an unclear future can create a sense of uneasiness, or even impending doom. The Southern Governors’ Association, Southern Economic Development Council, Consortium of University Public Service Organizations and Danville Regional Foundation have partnered to develop materials designed to help communities come together to deliberate about the following key question: What should we do to improve economic vitality in our community? We encourage you to take a look at these materials to see if they can help your community – or a series of communities in your state – think through their options and paths forward.
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Foundations of Practice: Understanding Communities Online Course Offers Tools for Community Development

October 6 – November 17, 2016

Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics is a Level 1 introduction for the Foundations of Practice Program. It is appropriate for individuals working with community groups in any subject area. The seven-week series begins October 6, 2016 and concludes November 17, 2016. Each week features a 90-minute webinar focusing on topics including demographics, economic development, strategic planning and power structures. Supplemental resources and online discussion opportunities will be available on the course website. Participants should plan to log in at their convenience during the week to explore these topics further, pose questions, investigate additional resources and visit with colleagues in similar situations.
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National CRD Indicators Team Webinar Series Continues:

Social Networking Analysis for the Uninitiated – What Is It and What Is It Good for?

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

Extension programs have a long history of building relationships toward increasing social capital...and an equally long history of inadequately sharing this news with key stakeholders. Social Network Analysis (SNA) is one tool that can help tell the story of the effectiveness of relationship building efforts. SNA is a method that visualizes, as well as quantifies, the depth and breadth of relationships within or among people, groups, or organizations. It can even be used to measure changes in connectivity over time, in groups that are working together towards the same goals. This webinar will provide an introduction to the theory underlying SNA, the uses of SNA, and the methods, tools, and skills needed to conduct SNA projects.

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SRDC Co-Sponsors the Small Business Innovation Research Application Webinar Series

The Regional Rural Development Centers in cooperation with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) have developed the SBIR Application Webinar Series with a focus on improving the funding success rate of applicants to USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant programs, specifically for those submitting proposals for Phase I funding. This series consists of three Modules taking place on August 23 & 30 and September 6, 2016 at 1pm CTS. This webinar series will provide an overview of the USDA SBIR Program and eligibility requirements, tips on navigating Grants.gov, the SBIR application process, steps for developing your idea, and resources for developing a strong proposal.
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On-Farm Research Grants- SSARE

The Call for Proposals for the 2017 On-Farm Research Grants, intended for agricultural professionals throughout the Southern region, has been released by the Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program. Agriculture professionals in Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, universities, NGOs, and government and non-government organizations who regularly work with farmers/ranchers are invited to apply for a grant that affords them the opportunity to conduct on-farm research in sustainable agriculture. Applicants must work with at least one farmer/rancher on the project to conduct on-farm research in sustainable agriculture. Deadline for application is November 18th, 2016.
Deadline for application is October 6th, 2016.
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NIFA’s Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program

In FY 2017 NIFA's CFP intends to solicit applications and fund two types of grants. The types are entitled (1) Community Food Projects (CFP) and (2) Planning Projects (PP). The primary goals of the CFP are to: Meet the food needs of low-income individuals; Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities; Promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues; and Meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs. Deadline for application is November 30, 2016.
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Job Opportunities

Program Specialist-CED, Prairie View A&M University

This position is responsible for planning, implementing and assisting extension agents with educational programs in economic development, community development and small business development. Primary duties include, providing technical assistance to entrepreneurs, small business owners, agri-businesses and land owners on financial resources, business planning, marketing, budgeting, efficient agri-business practices, and business development issues; providing support to county staff through the development of curriculum and providing instruction in support of programs such as the Business in Development state contracting program; conducting relevant trainings and workshops for county staff; writing grants and establishing partnerships that pool and/or leverage public and private funds in support of Extension’s mission. The deadline to apply is October 4th, 2016.
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Extension Urban Community & Economic Development Specialist, Alabama A&M University

This individual will be responsible for developing programs targeting new, nontraditional, underserved and hard to reach audiences. The selected individual will be expected to help develop small business enterprises for underserved areas and work with local community and business organizations to advance these efforts. The selected individual will use innovative and evidence-based strategies along with cutting edge technologies to design, develop, train, market and evaluate programs for a robust extension education program in nine urban centers across the state of Alabama. The specialist will serve as supervisor for regional agents implementing local community economic development programs in the urban centers. He/she must be able to promote effective working and team relationships, practice extension scholarship by conducting needs assessments, identifying priorities and measuring program impact. The priority consideration given to those who apply before September 2nd, 2016
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CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, TRAININGS

Foundations of Practice: Understanding Communities Online Course Offers Tools for Community Development

October 6 – November 17, 2016

Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics is a Level 1 introduction for the Foundations of Practice Program. It is appropriate for individuals working with community groups in any subject area. The seven-week series begins October 6, 2016 and concludes November 17, 2016. Each week features a 90-minute webinar focusing on topics including demographics, economic development, strategic planning and power structures. Supplemental resources and online discussion opportunities will be available on the course website. Participants should plan to log in at their convenience during the week to explore these topics further, pose questions, investigate additional resources and visit with colleagues in similar situations.

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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

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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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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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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: 

Local & Regional Foods: Connecting Regional Efforts

October 7th, 2016 10:30pm CT/11:30pm 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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ARCHIVED WEBINARS

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

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

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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