Around The South
November 2017 Vol. 13, No. 11
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Farm Service Agency and Rural Development State Directors Announced

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced new Farm Service Agency (FSA) and Rural Development (RD) State Directors. FSA State Directors help implement U.S. Department of Agriculture policies in planning, organizing, and administering programs in their respective states. Similarly, RD State Directors work to help improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. SRDC values all our USDA Rural Development and Farm Service Agency partners and look forward to meeting and working with these new leaders!

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Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues:
Starting a Rural Library Hotspot Lending Program

December 6, 2017 @ 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

Libraries across the country are beginning to implement hotspot lending programs in an effort to bridge the digital divide in their communities. These programs loan out “hotspots” to library patrons for 1 week or more, allowing individuals without a connection to access the Internet from their own homes. Come learn more about how you can help get these programs up and running, including lessons learned from a pilot project with 4 rural libraries in Oklahoma.
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Regional Spotlight

The SRDC is beginning a new feature in our newsletter to showcase work going on around the region. This section will highlight those stories.

Using Councils for Effective Programs – University of Kentucky

It isn’t new, the idea of using an advisory council to ensure that programs are on target with the needs of the intended audience. Extension has done this for many years. But effective statewide advisory groups can be a challenge to sustain. CEDIK, the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky at the University of Kentucky takes their advisory councils seriously. One CEDIK advisory group is the Extension Agent Advisory Council. Extension agents from across the state and from all Extension program areas meet regularly to learn from each other, visit successful projects, and share ideas for resources and training needed to improve their ability to deliver successful community and economic development projects. The benefits of the advisory council run both ways. CEDIK staff have greater confidence that we are producing materials and programs that meet real CED needs across the state, while agents tell us the resources to document the value of their work and the ability to “sound-board” their community program ideas with peers and faculty is invaluable.

CEDIK also relies on a State Partners Advisory Committee to listen to CED priorities across the state. The Partners Advisory Committee is made up of Federal and State Government partners, private and non-profit organizations, and University peers that are working in areas of community and economic development. In addition to reducing duplication of services, the partner’s committee can lead to the creation of collaborative efforts, the identification of resources to support programming, and the sharing of information between agencies.

Using advisory councils, CEDIK has found that we have better two-way communication and higher levels of investment in promoting and delivering CED programs. The relationships created through the advisory councils can open new doors to collaborative projects and initiatives. Maybe having advisory councils isn’t a new idea, but it sure is a good one!
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Employee Feature – Ryan Sandwick

Ryan Sandwick recently joined the team at CEDIK at the University of Kentucky Department of Landscape Architecture as a Community Design Specialist. Ryan received his MSc. in City Planning and Regeneration from the University of Glasgow and his B.S. in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Davis. Ryan's professional interests lie in using design and planning to improve the sense of place within communities. A strong believer that cities need to be more fun, Ryan is interested in making cities more creative and engaging. Working within a variety of scales to achieve these goals, Ryan's work has ranged from co-organizing a 'pop-up disco' on public transportation in Chattanooga to engaging residents through community discussion boards on Main Street in rural Kentucky. To begin his Kentucky work, Ryan is bringing creative downtown design ideas to communities in the Promise Zone in southeastern Kentucky. As a Community Design Specialist, Ryan brings a great set of skills to the CEDIK team!

 

Grant Connections

NIFA, Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program

Deadline: December 4, 2017

USDA recently announced more than $8.6 Million available to support community food projects. This funding is available through NIFA’s Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program, which strives to meet the food needs of low-income individuals, increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their food needs, promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues, and meet specific state, local or neighborhood food and agricultural needs.
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USDA Farm to School Grant Program

Deadline: December 8, 2017

USDA anticipates awarding approximately $5 million in grant funding to support efforts that improve access to local foods in schools. Grant funds will be made available on a competitive basis, subject to availability of federal funds. Applicants may apply for a Planning grant, Implementation grant, or Training grant.
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Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) Grant Program

Deadline: December 13, 2017

To support projects to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables among low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing incentives at the point of purchase. The program will test strategies that could contribute to our understanding of how best to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants that would inform future efforts, and develop effective and efficient benefit redemption technologies.
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CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, TRAININGS

Professional Agricultural Workers Conference: Tuskegee, AL

December 3-5, 2017

Theme:" Cultivating a Culture of Success through Innovation in Agriculture, Forestry & Natural Resources" We invite the submissions of papers, posters, panel discussions and workshop proposals for the 74th PAWC on the conference themes.

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Joint Council of Extension Professionals Leadership Conference: Orlando, FL

February 14-15, 2018

Theme: “Balancing Tradition with Innovation" The JCEP Leadership Conference Planning Committee invites Extension educators, specialists and administrators to share their expertise in support of the 2018 JCEP Leadership Conference. The purpose of the JCEP Leadership Conference is to support Extension leadership succession planning and development nationwide across all disciplines. The JCEP Leadership Conference provides professional development that addresses leadership and management skill development critical for emerging Extension leaders.

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2018 National Land Grant Diversity Conference: Hebron, KY

February 15-16, 2018

The Conference will be held on February 15th & 16th, 2018 in Hebron, Kentucky with the theme “Intentional Connections: Education and Application in a World of Differences”. This conference is hosted by five 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, etc. Proposals for presentations are being invited for the 2018 conference on best practices, curriculum models, research, professional development training, and success stories for implementing diversity initiatives in a variety of settings as it relates to this year’s conference theme areas: Immigration, Social Justice, Inclusion, and Engagement.

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Public Issues Leadership Development Conference: Arlington, VA

April 8-11, 2018

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2018 National Health Outreach Conference: Bloomington, MN

May 2-4, 2018

The Conference will be held on February 15th & 16th, 2018 in Hebron, Kentucky with the theme “Intentional Connections: Education and Application in a World of Differences”. This conference is hosted by five 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, etc. Proposals for presentations are being invited for the 2018 conference on best practices, curriculum models, research, professional development training, and success stories for implementing diversity initiatives in a variety of settings as it relates to this year’s conference theme areas: Immigration, Social Justice, Inclusion, and Engagement.

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Community Development Society’s Annual International Conference: Detroit, MI

July 22-25, 2018

Conference Theme: Engaging in a Culture of Health: Making Waves in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Goals of the 2018 National Health Outreach Conference: fostering a culture of health through community-based strategies; encouraging health equity; creating improvement in health through disruptive change and innovation; promoting co-creation with communities to ensure relevance and reduce barriers to positive change.

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WEBINAR SERIES

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

Crowdfunding Your Startup: Capital for Today’s Entrepreneur

November 16th, 2017 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

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Starting a Rural Library Hotspot Lending Program

December 6th, 2017 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

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ARCHIVED WEBINARS

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

October: The Role of Arts in Cooperative Extension

Webinar Recording

August: Choosing the Best Legal Structure for your 21st Century Small Business

Webinar Recording

July: The Development of Utility-Scale Solar: Tales of Local Government

Webinar Recording

June: Utilizing Extension as a Tool to Preserve your Community's Housing Stock

Webinar Recording

May: A Comprehensive Downtown Revitalization Program for Rural Kentucky

Webinar Recording

April: Show Me the Money- Funding and Financing Community and Economic Development

Webinar Recording

March: How Latino-Owned Businesses Thrive: Comprehensive Findings from Limited-Access Microdata

Webinar Recording

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

Webinar Recording

National CRD Indicators Team Webinar Series:

Estimating the Economic Impact of Programs: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

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Developmental Evaluation for Cooperative Extension Community Development Programs

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

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Social Network Analysis for the Uninitiated: What is it and what is it good for?

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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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