Around The South
November 2020 Vol. 16, No.10
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SRDC Items of Interest

Virtual Workshop: Building Community Capacity Around Youth

December 8th & 9th @ 1pm – 3:30pm CT/2pm – 4:30pm ET

USDA’s Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement, in collaboration with the Regional Rural Development Centers, is inviting you to join a multi-day virtual workshop on Building Community Capacity around Rural Youth Workforce Development. This event is designed for community organizers and planners that work on this important topic on a state or community level, such as: community planners/organizers, Extension professionals, elected/appointed county and city officials, 4-H Extension agents/staff, career services professionals, parent/teacher organizations, youth-serving organizations, community foundations, and youth-serving workforce development organizations/agencies.

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National 4-H Council Awarded $3 Million to Support 4-H at Home

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) announced an investment of more than $10.5 million to support educators at technical schools, community and junior colleges, and youth development programs, including Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program. USDA-NIFA will invest in eight regional and national projects. We are pleased to share that this includes a $3 million grant to National 4-H Council to support the continued development of 4-H at Home, Cooperative Extension’s positive youth development digital platform on 4-H.org.

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Regional Spotlight

CREATE BRIDGES Initiative – North Carolina State University

While manufacturing and professional services are often the focus of economic development, businesses focused on retail, accommodations, tourism, and entertainment are particularly important to the viability of rural communities and regions. These industries provide needed goods, services and amenities to local residents and visitors, enhance quality of life, and are a major source of jobs and tax revenue in rural communities. Planning and training focused on these sectors is often neglected or underemphasized despite a need to strengthen it. As a result, small and large businesses alike face high worker turnover rates and a dwindling pool of mid/upper management workers.

The CREATE BRIDGES initiative was launched in Western North Carolina in September to develop and test a process to fill this void, particularly in rural areas. The process is designed to raise awareness of the role these important businesses play in the local economy, determine challenges and barriers negatively impacting those businesses, and develop and implement strategies to strengthen the retail, accommodations, tourism, and entertainment sectors within a region.

Employee Highlight: Chanel Nestor, North Carolina State University

The NC State University CRD team is excited to welcome Chanel Nestor as the Project Coordinator for the CREATE BRIDGES program, a new strategic planning initiative just launched in the Mountain West Region (Jackson, Swain, Macon, Graham, and the Qualla Boundary). Chanel states that “Regional capacity building is truly a passion of mine and I am so overjoyed to be able to support our state and to contribute to the wealth of knowledge here at N.C. Cooperative Extension.” In her role as Project Coordinator for the CREATE BRIDGES project, Chanel hopes to be a resource to the CREATE businesses (retail, accommodation, tourism, and entertainment) in the Mountain West Region.

Chanel has a passion for Southern history, arts, and culture and is a documentarian at heart. She is based in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina and enjoys serving as a resource bank for individuals, organizations, municipalities, and regions hoping to build their capacity, engage with stakeholders, and outreach with their community. In addition to her duties as the Project Coordinator for the CREATE BRIDGES program, Chanel serves as a Lecturer of Rural Sociology at N.C. A&T State University and brings experience in Homeownership Policy, Poverty Alleviation, Food System Planning, and Rural Community and Economic Development to this position. Chanel is from Winston-Salem and has lived in both rural and urban spaces within the Piedmont Triad. She is the mother of a handsome three-year-old son by the name of Nathanael. She is an avid road-tripper and has completed three cross country trips across America (her favorite scenic state is Montana). She enjoys traveling with her son, and they partake in photography together. At 3 years old, he already owns 2 cameras and prefers to be behind the camera instead of in front of it.
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Production Editor– Clemson University Press

The Production Editor provides high-level editorial direction, superintends the publishing process, liaises with external vendors and partners, manages contracts, and ensures that publications meet quality standards. Some publications may require additional developmental editing/author support, line editing, design attention, as well as occasional accelerated production. It is intended for the position to be a long term.

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Grant Connections

EDEN Development Grants Program

Deadline to apply: Dec 4, 2020

The purpose of the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) Development Grants Program is to invest in the development of innovative educational resources and Extension initiatives that can advance the work of EDEN and the broader land-grant and sea-grant systems across the nation in addressing the preparation for, response to, and recovery from hazards and disasters. The program is interested in a wide array of topics and issues. This document outlines the key information for applicants planning to submit grant proposals.

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Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund Annual Conference

December 2-4, 2020 - Virtual

This virtual conference is designed for both heirs’ property owners looking to use family land to create opportunities and generate long-term wealth, and for practitioners in the field who work to assist them.

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Professional Agricultural Workers Conference

December 6-8, 2020 - Virtual

The Professional Agricultural Workers Conference (PAWC) is a forum committed to a world that values and promotes equal opportunity equitable access to information and technology for sustainable development of communities and natural resources. The conference began in 1942 mainly with Tuskegee University and local and state support and participation. It is now national in scope including representatives from the national land grant community, and from the state, federal, and private sectors. Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, The 2020 PAWC will be held virtually on the 6th to 8th of December 2020.

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Virtual Conference on Heirs’ Property & Sustainable Forest Management

February 8, 2021 - Virtual

This virtual conference will bring together experts in heirs’ property, including forest landowners experiencing it firsthand. We will share ideas and perspectives, provide updates on legal developments regarding heirs’ property, and present results from two integrated research and outreach initiatives. Registration required.

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National Health Outreach Conference

May 3-7, 2021 - Virtual

The conference will be held virtually May 3-7, 2021. With the theme of “The Grand Challenge: Building a Healthy Future for All,” there will be sessions related to health equity, effective behavior change messaging, policy system and environmental change, health behavior, and pandemic response programming. Keynote speakers, concurrent and posters sessions will be relevant for professionals who address health, nutrition, youth development, workforce development, and human development. The conference will be held over the course of 5 days, but each day will have a shorter schedule and limited engagement. More information about the schedule and agenda will be coming soon!

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National Urban Extension Leaders Conference

May 18-20, 2021 - Virtual

A virtual conference will take place in May 2021 while the face-to-face conference has been postponed until May of 2022.

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International Workshop on Agritourism: Burlington, VT

Postponed to August 31 – September 2, 2021

The 2020 International Workshop on Agritourism (IWA) will be held October 27-29 at the Hilton Burlington Hotel in downtown Burlington, Vermont, USA. The University of Vermont Extension local host committee is working on developing an exciting program for participants which will include educational sessions on pertinent industry topics, poster presentations, hands-on workshops and farm tours, networking events, and time with our exhibitors and sponsors. We invite you to extend your trip on either end of the Workshop to explore the bountiful farms, culinary experiences, arts, and other attractions in Vermont and surrounding states and provinces.

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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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