Around The South
March 2020 Vol. 16, No.3
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Southern CRD Webinar: The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing: Addressing Housing Issues from the Bottom Up

March 19, 2020 @ 10 a.m. CT/11 a.m. ET

This webinar presentation will provide a general overview of housing issues in the U.S. and more specifically the Southeast as well as, outline the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH). It will provide details about how the program operates and outline some successful communities.

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Heirs’ Property in the Southern Region

A better understanding of the issues related to heirs’ property is an important element in the prosperity of the Southern Region. On February 24th and 25th, a group convened in Atlanta to discuss a strategy in assessing gaps and needs in addressing heirs’ property issues. The meeting, hosted by the Atlanta Federal Reserve, brought together representatives from 1862 and 1890 Land Grant Universities, non- Land Grant Universities, Federal agencies, and for-profit/non-profit organizations. The participants identified and prioritized projects and established five working groups to streamline efforts. The groups were extension/outreach, funding, legal-policy, partnerships, and research. If interested in learning more about the working groups, please contact Russ Garner at russ.garner@msstate.edu.

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Census Day: April 1st, 2020

Homes are now beginning to receive invitations to respond the 2020 Census. Some will receive a paper questionnaire, while others will receive a Census ID and instructions for completing the questionnaire online. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

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Sea Grant National Federal Partnership Liaisons Competition

Deadline to apply: November 3, 2020

In an effort to increase collaboration and effective use of federally-funded ocean, coastal and Great Lakes research, the NSGO is looking for proposals to develop National Federal Partnership Liaison positions in coordination with other federal agencies or programs whose project goals align with and support national Sea Grant focus area or vision plan goals. We expect to fund 2-3 liaisons at up to $100K of Sea Grant federal dollars annually for four years. State match of 50% of NSGO funds and ‘substantial’ federal partner funding required.

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Job Announcements

Assistant Professor, Extension Teaching and Learning– University of Tennessee

This is a 12-month tenure-track position with responsibilities in Extension, teaching, and service. The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Search Committee Chair: Carrie Stephens, cfritz@utk.edu

Economic Development Extension Specialist – CEDIK, University of Kentucky

Deadline to apply: March 29, 2020

This position will primarily be responsible for engaging with communities on economic development projects. This person will work with CEDIK Faculty and Staff to organize and implement extension programs. Duties would entail providing logistical and administrative support to specific programs, designing materials to support programming, collecting and analyzing data, and delivery of program materials.

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Senior Economist – Heartland Forward

Senior Economist help to develop research around four aspects of economic development: regional competitiveness, entrepreneurship and innovation, human capital and health. This individual will have a sophisticated understanding of how to find and interpret economic data and will help to construct regional data sets and execute econometric estimation. Familiarity with federal and commercial sources of regional economic, industry, financial, and demographic data is important. The ideal candidate will have at least a master’s degree in economics or related field, preferably a Ph.D., as well as 7+ years of experience.

Search Committee Chair: Ari Ayares, Ari.Ayares@insightexecutivesearch.com

Executive Director for Programs– Heartland Forward

The Executive Director, Programs will lead Heartland Forward’s work for all of its program advocacy and public policy activities in our four program areas 1) Regional Competitiveness, 2) Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 3) Human Capital and 4) Health Risks and Disparity. The ideal candidate for this position will have an economics background, 10+ years of policy experience and the ability to with diverse audiences across government, private and non-profit sectors. This position description is also attached.

Search Committee Chair: Ari Ayares, Ari.Ayares@insightexecutivesearch.com



National Health Outreach Conference: Kansas City, MO

May 13-15, 2020

Mark your calendars for the 2020 National Health Outreach Conference! The conference will be held May 13-15, 2020 at the Marriott on the Plaza in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. With the theme of “The Grand Challenge: Building a Healthy Future for All,” there will be sessions related to Nutrition, Health, 4-H Youth Development, Workforce Development, Human Development, and many other topics.

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National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals Annual Conference: Portsmouth, NH

May 31 - June 3, 2020

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Cambio de Colores Conference: St. Louis, MO

June 17-19, 2020

Cambio de Colores is a multistate conference about integration of Latin@s/Latinxs/Hispanics and immigrants in new destinations. People who work with Latin@/Latinx/Hispanic and immigrant communities come together to share research and best practices that facilitate the integration of newcomers. Click here to learn more about the conference mission.

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International Workshop on Agritourism: Burlington, VT

October 27-29, 2020

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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Southern CRD Webinar Series: 

The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing: Addressing Housing Issues from the Bottom Up

March 19th @ 10am CT/11am ET

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Racial Equality in the Food System: Perceptions, Reality, and the Road Ahead

April 15th @ 2pm CT/3pm ET

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Southern CRD Webinar Series 2020: 

January: The 2020 Census is Upon Us: What Can You Do?

Webinar Recording

National CRD Indicators Team Webinar Series:

The “But for” Principle: Getting to Your Impact

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Data Visualization: Decision-Making Tools and Methods for Communities

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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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