Around The South
July 2017 Vol. 13, No. 7
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

SRDC is Pleased to Award Rebekka Dudensing and Susan Kelly with the Bonnie Teater Early Career Achievement Award

The SRDC is proud to honor Rebekka Dudensing and Susan Kelly as co-recipients of the 2016 Bonnie Teater Early Career Achievement Award.

Dudensing is an Associate Professor and Extension Economist for the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University. Within her field, Dr. Dudensing has performed many annual economic impact analyses for various organizations. In her short time working in economic development, she has produced several successful publications including The Food and Fiber System and Production Agriculture’s Contributions to the Texas Economy.

Kelly is a County Extension Director with North Carolina Cooperative Extension. Much of her work has been with local food system development. She implemented the Green Fields Initiative in support of the Stronger Economies Together Initiative, and as part of this initiative, also developed a regional food hub. Kelly also focused her attention on the revitalization of downtown Rockingham, North Carolina

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Southern CRD Webinar Series:
The Development of Utility-Scale Solar: Tales of Local Government

Jul 27, 2017 @ 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

The solar energy sector now employs more people than the coal energy sector. Cost reductions of technology and project development, ever increasing energy demands, and a groundswell of low-carbon energy demand are factors driving solar energy development. Local governments are on the frontlines of project development siting and permitting. Utility-scale solar projects have implications for land use, environment, and tax revenues. We will explore some stories of how Extension is working to ensure a bright future for this emerging market in Virginia and beyond.
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Southern CRD Webinar Series:
Choosing the Best Legal Structure for Your 21st Century Small Business

August 8, 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 Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Released “Health, United States, 2016”

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Health, United States, 2016, the 40th annual report on the health of the nation from the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the President and Congress. This year’s report features a Chartbook on Long-Term Trends in health and health care delivery over the past 40 years. From declines in cigarette smoking and increases in prescription drug use to changes in expenditures for hospitals and home health care, the annual report also explores population changes that have affected patterns of disease, as well as health care access and utilization since 1975.
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Grant Connections

USDA, NIFA Small Business Innovation Research Program Grant

Deadline: October 5, 2017

The Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) is coordinated by the Small Business Administration and administered by 11 federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to encourage domestic small businesses to engage in high-growth research and development that has the potential for commercialization and could lead to significant public benefit. The NIFA SBIR program offers two phases of investment. Phase I invests in feasibility and proof of concept studies of up to $100,000. Phase II provides grants of up to $600,000 to support project scale up, implementation, and commercialization by grantees who successfully completed Phase I. This funding opportunity supports Phase I projects in topic areas that include forests and related resources; plant production and protection – biology; animal production and protection; air, water, and soils; food science and nutrition; rural and community development; aquaculture; biofuels and biobased products; small and mid-size farms; and plant production and protection – engineering.
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Job Opportunities

Biological Science/Social Science Specialist: NIFA

Deadline to apply: July 20, 2017

This position is located in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Program Staff, Institute of Youth, Family & Community, Division of Community and Education, located in Washington, DC. As National Program Leader you will be responsible for performing critical tasks in four broad areas which include the following: Initiate, network and collaborate with partners and stakeholders to identify mission-relevant problems, opportunities and issues requiring Federal attention. Conceive, formulate, and execute programs and activities to respond to existing or emerging problems, opportunities, priorities and issues for development, Apply science-based knowledge to evaluate policy and develop and implement programs in collaboration with universities and other partners. Lastly evaluate and assess the quality, outcomes and impacts of these programs. All the areas involve work in capacity building, competitively awarded, and targeted programs.
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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

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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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.

Refer questions to Shawn Moore

 

WEBINAR SERIES

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

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

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

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Choosing the Best Legal Structure for Your 21st Century Small Business

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

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ARCHIVED WEBINARS

Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

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

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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