Around The South
February 2017 Vol. 13, No. 2
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Southern CRD Webinar Series Continues:

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

March 8th, 2017 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

With Latinos making up an increasing share of the U.S. population, there is a growing need to understand the most important factors related to Latino-owned businesses in general and to their growth specifically. As such, new research takes advantage of the Texas Federal Statistical Research Data Center to investigate which business-owner, business, and regional factors are most associated with Latino-owned business relative to other ethnicities and how those factors impact employment growth

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Cooperative Extension & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Partnership

March 9, 2017 & April 6, 2017

A 2-part webinar series is scheduled for all of Extension to learn more about a new partnership between Cooperative Extension and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The purpose of the 10-year partnership is to build a Culture of Health in communities across America in 2017 and beyond. In March, Cooperative Extension Service institutions can apply. Five will be selected as pilots this summer to launch the program. All institutions will have the chance to engage in other ways, including professional development opportunities.
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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2017 Bonnie Teater Award

Deadline: March 11, 2017

Each year, the SRDC honors someone who has excelled in community development work within Extension Service in the South. On odd numbered years, we seek to honor a person with the Bonnie Teater Community Development Early Career Achievement award. Please consider nominating someone that has excelled in this arena. To qualify the individual must be currently employed by one of the 29 land-grant universities located in the Southern Rural Development Center region, serve as an administrator, specialist or agent who has worked in the Extension community development area for 10 years or less; and have an impressive portfolio of Extension-related programs and publications.
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New Community Leadership Articles from Kenneth Pigg

Effective community leaders know their community inside and out. They are confident, bringing residents together and passing on that same sense of empowerment. These leaders encourage diversity, different types of people working toward the same end goal, as the solution to solving community problems. These articles from Kenneth Pigg will help you navigate and become a better community leader.
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Grant Connections

USDA Announces Grants Available to Support the Local Foods Sector

Deadline: Marach 27, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced the availability of $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. AMS today announced the request for applications for the Farmers Market and Local Food Promotion Program, which includes Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) and Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) grants, and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program (FSMIP). These programs and other resources across USDA are helping to revitalize rural America by supporting local and regional food stakeholders.
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CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, TRAININGS

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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2017 National Extension Conference on Volunteerism: Asheville, NC

April 10-13, 2017

TThe National Extension Conference on Volunteerism (NECV) is an opportunity for sharing and learning with colleagues from around the country who are interested in the latest trends and research in volunteerism. Featuring innovative ideas for reaching new volunteers and best practices for developing and retaining volunteers, NECV is focused on improving volunteer management efforts for Extension professionals. Conference participants will gather tools and skills through interactive sessions and networking with colleagues while developing plans to utilize these new resources in their own programs.

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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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Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors): St. Louis, MO

June 14-16, 2017

Call for Proposals, Deadline February 6, 2017

This multidisciplinary conference has traditionally focused on native and foreign-born Latino newcomers, but is interested in the challenges inherent in multicultural changing communities, including the experiences of all newcomers, faith groups, and marginalized groups. The integration of these very diverse groups is being studied by academics and pursued by stakeholders, as the newcomers seek to become part and parcel of the social, economic, and cultural fabric of their new communities. The conference theme this year is “Todos Juntos: Collaboration and Unity in Uncertain Times.” Todos Juntos means “all together”, and seeks to build collaboration across sectors and unite communities across differences in the common goal of supporting everyone’s wellbeing in our changing, multicultural communities.

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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: 

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

March 8th, 2017 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

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

April 4th, 2017 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

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Other: 

Cooperative Extension & Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

March 9th, 2017 & April 6th, 2017 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

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ARCHIVED WEBINARS

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

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

Webinar Recording

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

Webinar Recording

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:

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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