Around The South
December 2018 Vol. 14, No. 12
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

SRDC Secures Walmart Grant to CREATE BRIDGES to Strengthen Retail in Rural America

SRDC has secured funding from Walmart for the initiative, CREATE BRIDGES: Celebrating Retail, Accommodations, Tourism, and Entertainment by Building Rural Innovations and Developing Growth Economies. The SRDC will collaborate on this initiative with three of its Southern Region Land Grant University (LGU) partners: University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, University of Kentucky, and Oklahoma State University. Community and Economic Development specialists from each university, Dr. Stacey McCullough (AR), Dr. Alison Davis (KY), and Dr. Dave Shideler (OK), will lead the project team in their respective states to develop, refine, and pilot a process to help rural communities strengthen their retail sector.

Each state selected two multi-county regions to participate in CREATE BRIDGES. This initiative is built upon the SRDC-led Stronger Economies Together (SET) initiative, a collaborative effort across 32 states that helps rural counties work together to develop and implement an economic development plan for their multi-county region. Built in partnership with USDA Rural Development, the nation’s four Regional Rural Development Centers, and LGU partners, SET will serve as a building block for this new initiative.

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Mark Your Calendars for the NACDEP 2019 Conference

June 9-12, 2019: Asheville, NC
Call for Proposals: Due January 14, 2019

Homegrown to New Heights in Asheville, North Carolina June 9 - 12, 2019. The National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals invites you to participate in a few days of learning, networking, great food, inspiring and thought-provoking sessions in the beautiful city of Asheville. The conference hotel is Renaissance Asheville, in the heart of downtown and the excitement of this eclectic community.

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Regional Spotlight

NC State Extension Launches Short Documentary About Connecting Farm-to-Table Restaurant Customers with Local Farmers

In 2017 a team of specialists from NC Cooperative Extension’s Community and Rural Development program and NC State Tourism Extension’s People-First Tourism Lab received a North Carolina Cooperative Extension Innovative Grant to produce a film documenting the Fork to Farmer project. The 22-minute Fork to Farmer “Know Your Farmer” film will be used by Faculty and Extension agents as a training tool in university classes and farmer workshops.

The Fork to Farmer project focuses on converting public interest in local foods into actual bookings of farm experiences and direct product sales by small scale farmers. A key component of this project is a docu-series consisting of short (3-4 minutes) professionally produced films celebrating collaborative relationships between celebrated chefs and the small farmers who supply them. In addition to video production and curation, the Fork to Farmer team also provides marketing support and direct technical assistance and trainings to farmers participating in the project. Fork to Farmer forms networks of farmers, chefs and support organizations in each participating county to promote networking, to learn about the farmers’ needs, and to deliver targeted training programs.

The Fork to Farmer project was first developed in 2016-2017 with seed funding from NC State Extension and is currently being scaled up through a Farmers Market Promotion Program grant from USDA.

Employee Feature – Bridget Ross, Prairie View A&M University

Bridget E. Ross serves as a Community and Economic Development Program Specialist in the Cooperative Extension Program at Prairie View A & M University. Mrs. Ross provides program and curriculum development in the area of small business and housing funding for County Extension Agents in the 35 Counties the Cooperative Extension Program serves. Prior to joining the Cooperative Extension Program for five years Mrs. Ross was Director of the Prairie View A & M University Small Business Development Center (PVAMU SBDC) where her responsibilities include advisory services to small businesses through low-cost training workshops in: business plan development, obtaining credit and becoming bankable, financial reviews, small business loan packaging and HUB Certification. With extensive experience in working with underserved communities throughout Texas, she also served as the Houston Region loan officer for People Fund, a non-profit 501(c) (3), Community Development Financial Institution, based in Austin, Texas. Mrs. Ross was responsible for expanding People Fund into Houston, TX by developing community partnerships, and structuring loans that formed community impact and outreach. She also served as a senior loan officer for four years with ACCION Texas (now known as Lift Fund), the nation’s largest micro lender.

Mrs. Ross is a board-certified credit consultant and Intuit Quick Book Pro Advisor with over 30 years of service in the financial industry serving as a Regional Vice President for a major financial institution and currently owner of a Real Estate and Mortgage. She has served on several advisory boards in the Houston area and partners with many economic development corporations and Chambers of Commerce to help educate the community on obtaining funding for small business and home loans. Mrs. Ross received her Master of Science in Community Development from Prairie View A & M University and is the proud wife of a Navy submariner and mother of four children and four grandchildren.

Grant Connection

Solid Waste Management Grant Program

Deadline to apply: December 31, 2018

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will award additional priority points to Solid Waste Management Grant Program applications proposing innovative projects to promote the safe disposal of prescription drugs in rural communities. USDA Solid Waste Management Grants support the planning and management of solid waste sites. Rural communities, non-profit organizations, federally recognized tribes and academic institutions can apply.

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Job Announcements

Assistant Professor in Community-Engaged Research, University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky Department of Community & Leadership Development (UK-CLD) seeks candidates to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Community-Engaged Research in Community Development. UK-CLD is a multidisciplinary social science unit within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE), with a mission to strengthen the capacities of individuals, organizations and communities to act on their shared visions and challenges. The successful candidate will initially divide his/her efforts among research (55%), instruction (40%), and service (5%).

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Farm Stress Management Summit: East Lansing, MI

January 24-25, 2019

Michigan State University Extension has developed the Farm Stress Management curriculum that provides two workshops and corresponding materials to help farmers and those who work with them learn techniques to manage stress and help those in need access resources. Summit participants will earn a certificate allowing them to teach two flexible workshops in the curriculum.

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Extension Leadership Conference sponsored by JCEP: San Antonio, TX

February 6-7, 2019

The conference Keynote Speaker will be Grace Gorrell who is a former faculty member at the University of Kentucky. Since retiring she has begun a business "Leading with Grace".

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National Land-Grant Diversity Conference: Hebron, KY

February 7-8, 2019

The Conference is hosted by five land grant universities from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. It is designed for public and private university administrators, faculty, and staff; research and academic programs; K-12 educators; community leaders; health and social services professionals; employers and supervisors; human resource staff; elected officials; and all others with diversity interests. The goal of this diversity conference is to learn more about ourselves and others, to network, and to link resources to integrate diversity into programs, policies and practices for creating community well-being.

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Small Business Institute Conference: Orlando, FL

February 14-16, 2019

"The Magic of Small Business"

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Community Food Systems Program Annual Event: Des Moines, IA

March 29, 2019. Call for Proposals, Deadline: January 15, 2019

The goal of the Community Food Systems Program annual event is to engage, support, and inspire individuals from all areas of Iowa’s food system in conversation about community food systems. Workshop topics may include technical support on starting school gardens, food hubs, or shared use kitchens, sharing educational materials, feasibility of new businesses, and general programming ideas.

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National Sustainability Summit: Tampa, FL

April 16-19, 2019, Registration now open!

This national conference will bring leading sustainability and energy educators and practitioners together to showcase land grant university Extension and research program successes, share challenges, and identify opportunities to strengthen our collective impacts. Participants will hear from dynamic plenary speakers with expertise in sustainability and energy issues, enhance their professional knowledge and skills through pre-conference educational tours and/or mobile workshops, attend inspiring abstract presentations and networking sessions, and learn from local exhibitors and sponsors. Extension professionals from all national associations will benefit from the cross-disciplinary and process-oriented structure of the joint Summits.

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National Urban Extension Conference: Seattle, WA

May 20-23, 2019

The National Urban Extension Conference is the only national gathering of Extension professionals who serve our cities. The 2019 conference, “Innovation in the City: A Land Grant University Experience”, will highlight strong urban programming and Extension’s opportunity to support the university-level mission of our land-grant universities in our metropolitan regions. With urban focused sessions, mobile tours, networking opportunities, social events, and exhibits the conference aims to both educate and inspire.

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National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals 2019 Conference: Asheville, NC

June 9-12, 2019

Homegrown to New Heights in Asheville, North Carolina June 9 - 12, 2019. The National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals invites you to participate in a few days of learning, networking, great food, inspiring and thought-provoking sessions in the beautiful city of Asheville. The conference hotel is Renaissance Asheville, in the heart of downtown and the excitement of this eclectic community.

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Community Development Society 50th Anniversary Conference: Columbia, MO

Call for Proposals, Deadline: November 30, 2018
July 14-17, 2019

The 50th anniversary of the international Community Development Society (CDS) is a golden opportunity to express and explore the extreme relevance and responsibility of the community development field and CDS to be proactive change agents, to help create conditions for and help foster shared and welcoming communities, and to cultivate a future in which community is the pathway through rising chaos and insularity across our world.

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Sustainable Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Conference: Astoria, OR

October 8-10, 2019

Join colleagues including University Extension and Sea Grant professionals, other faculty, agency, students and industry representatives working on tourism and outdoor recreation. Present and learn about research, case studies, sustainability and funding modes, educational program materials etc. Open to all interested individuals. Mobile presentations will visit coastal community projects and environments.

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Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

Check out all the webinars from 2018! We'll be back with more of this series in 2019.

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Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

December: Community Engagement through Partnership

Webinar Recording

November: Does Extension Need Highly Visible Educational Programs Beyond the Farm, Familes and Youth?

Webinar Recording

October: Citizenship in Action: How Extension Can Engage and Educate Voters on Ballot Issues

Webinar Recording

September: Chalk and Talk: A Different Approach to Community Engagement

Webinar Recording

July: CPTED, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Webinar Recording

June: Financial Capability as Community Development

Webinar Recording

May: Increasing Stakeholder Involvement to Build Capacity and Promote Sustainability of Healthy Communities

Webinar Recording

April: Leadership Development: A Process of Un-Doing Understanding

Webinar Recording

March: The Opioid Epidemic: Considering Extension's Role and Virginia's Multi-Faceted Approach

Webinar Recording

February: Creating a Sense of Community through the 5 C's of Social Capital and Cultural Competency

Webinar Recording

January: How Can I Be of Service? Determining the Best Role for Community Engagement

Webinar Recording

National CRD Indicators Team Webinar Series:

What’s Your Program Worth? Evaluation Strategies for Documenting the Dollar Value of Extension Programs

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Evaluating Community Development Impacts Using Qualitative Indicators

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Job announcements and other items of interest may be sent to Katherine Spiering for possible inclusion in future issues.

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