Around The South
June 2017 Vol. 13, No. 6
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Congratulations to the Stronger Economies Together (SET) Phase VII Regions

The SET leadership team composed of SRDC, USDA Rural Development, and Purdue Center for Regional Development is proud to announce a new round of Stronger Economies Together regions. The Phase VII regions will be receiving focused coaching from teams of Cooperative Extension Service and USDA Rural Development specialists to guide them toward development of a regional economic plan. The selected regions are North East Arkansas Economic Development Coalition (AR), South East Arkansas Economic Development District (AR), Southern Indiana Development Commission (IN), Bootheel Synergy (MO), Uwharrie Region (NC), Mid Central Rural Corridor (NM), and South Eastern New Mexico (NM). Congratulations to these regions! We look forward to sharing their success stories in the coming months.

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Sonny Perdue Sworn in as 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

On Tuesday, April 25, Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U.S. Secretary of Agriculture by fellow Georgian and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Clarence Thomas in a brief ceremony at the Supreme Court building. The U.S. Senate confirmed Secretary Perdue by a vote of 87-to-11 on Monday evening. Perdue's wife, Mary Ruff Perdue, held the Bible as he took the oath of office. He later addressed employees at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) before getting to work on his first day. USDA also launched his official Twitter handle: @SecretarySonny
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SRDC Led Webinar, Utilizing Extension as a Tool to Preserve Your Community’s Housing Stock

June 27, 2017 @ 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Extension program will highlight how they collaborated with a USDA Strike Force designated community to develop an affiliate of a national non-profit housing organization to help preserve the community’s affordable housing inventory by providing free home repairs and rehabilitation services for the elderly and disabled citizens.
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The Delta Regional Authority Releases Updated Version of Today’s Delta

As National Economic Development Week comes to a close, the Delta Regional Authority is releasing an updated version of Today’s Delta, an essential tool to help our region compete for jobs, investments, and economic opportunities. Today’s Delta provides detailed data that helps community leaders, elected officials and economic developers make strategic decisions, compete for resources that enhance community capacity, and improve workforce competitiveness.
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New Funding and Financing Community and Economic Development Publication Now Available

One of the most critical challenges facing community leaders and community development professionals is how to pay for new projects. A new comprehensive guide is now available from the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service: “Show Me The Money – a Guide to Funding and Financing Community and Economic Development in Your Community or Region. This guide presents 12 major funding strategies and over 50 real-world examples that have been successfully employed by communities and regions to finance community and economic development efforts. The guide describes a 12-step process for funding community development projects and a Fundability Checklist and Meter to help assess the likelihood that your approach is going to be successful. It will be useful for private, public, and non-profit organizations.
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Grant Connections

Rural Health and Safety Education (RHSE) Competitive Grants Program

Deadline: June 30, 2017

The RHSE program proposals are expected to be community-based, outreach education programs, such as those conducted through Human Science extension outreach, that provides individuals and families with: Information as to the value of good health at any age; Information to increase individual or family’s motivation to take more responsibility for their own health; Information regarding rural environmental health issues that directly impact on human health; Information about and access to health promotion and educational activities; and Training for volunteers and health services providers concerning health promotion and health care services for individuals and families in cooperation with state, local and community partners.
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Rural Community Development Initiative Grants

Deadline: July 25, 2017

USDA is making grants available under the RCDI program to strengthen the rural economy. Qualified intermediary organizations receiving RCDI grants will provide technical assistance and training to help nonprofit organizations and communities develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facilities or economic development projects. Applicants must have capacity-building experience for these types of projects and must provide matching funds at least equal to the RCDI grant. Eligible recipients are nonprofit organizations, low-income rural communities or federally recognized tribes. RCDI grants are not provided directly to businesses or individuals.
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Job Opportunities

Culture of Health Project Director

Deadline to apply: July 5, 2017

National 4-H Council is currently seeing a part-time Culture of Health Project Director to serve in a dynamic role leading the ramp up of the Culture of Health Initiative for the Cooperative Extension System (CES). This position will ensure deliverable are achieved as outlined in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) grant. The Project Director will serve as key strategist and communicator with CES to develop, implement and drive sustainability of the Culture of Health Initiative. The Director will work closely with CES, the National 4-H Council, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Extension Committee on Policy’s Health Action Team, and other partners to meet Initiative objectives.
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Director: NCI, Michigan State University School of Planning, Design, and Construction

Start Date: September 1, 2017

Michigan State University’s School of Planning, Design, and Construction (SPDC) and MSU Extension seek a Director for their NCI unit. The position is 100% funded by MSU Extension through its Greening Michigan Institute. Formerly known as the National Charrette Institute, and based in a landscape architecture/urban planning tradition, NCI is currently focused on non-credit training and developing collaboration by design process techniques to address pressing social problems, with focus on urban and regional issues. NCI brings nationally recognized training curricula and hands-on community-based procedures along with its established networks.
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CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, TRAININGS

2018 National Land Grant Diversity Conference: Hebron, KY

Proposal Deadline: July 14, 2017

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.

Refer questions to Shawn Moore

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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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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WEBINAR SERIES

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

Utilizing Extension as a Tool to Preserve Your Community’s Housing Stock

June 27th, 2017 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

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

July 27th, 2017 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

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Other: 

Fostering Meaningful Civic Engagement

June 20th, 2017 @ 1:00pm CT/2:00 pm ET

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ARCHIVED WEBINARS

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

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

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

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:

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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