Around The South
May 2020 Vol. 16, No.5
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Continued Resources for Working During COVID-19

The Regional Rural Development Centers is continuing to update our list of resources for those working, teaching, and learning remotely during COVID-19. Please send additional resources to be posted to Katherine Spiering.

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Marketing Workshops to Help Your Business Survive and Thrive

Most business leaders lost thousands of dollars when COVID-19 hit because they were not prepared to sell online. That’s why CREATE BRIDGES has partnered with the Bricks-To-Clicks Marketing program at Mississippi State University Extension to offer marketing workshops to help you sell online using websites and social media. When you attend the workshop, you will learn how to make your website and social media boost your sales so your business can survive and thrive.

  • June 3 @ 1pm CT: How to Create a Clear Marketing Message to Grow Your Business
  • June 4 @ 1pm CT: Five Things Your Website Should Include to Grow Your Profits
  • June 5 @ 1pm CT: Five Social Media Mistakes Your Business Should Avoid

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Bringing Communities into the Digital Age – Roberto Gallardo

Dr. Roberto Gallardo of Purdue University discusses digital inclusion and its implications for federal, state, and local policies in his latest publication for SAGE Journals.

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USDA SBIR Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program

The USDA SBIR Program Office is pleased to offer a unique opportunity for those who would like to learn more about the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Every year, the USDA SBIR program provides ~ $27,000,000 to small businesses to address problems facing rural America.

To provide a convenient way for you to learn more about this program we are offering a brief, virtual training program. Training is comprised of 5 weekly one-hour webinars (live or recorded) and a brief activity aimed at discovering previous SBIR awardees and complementary service providers in your area. USDA, Land-grant university, and Cooperative Extension that complete this course will receive a Certificate of Completion signed by leadership at SBA and USDA. There is NO charge for participation.

  • Session 1: Every Tuesday from 1-2pm CT starting June 16th to July 14th
  • Session 2: Every Wednesday from 1-2pm CT starting June 17th to July 15th
  • Session 3: Every Thursday from 1-2pm CT starting June 18th to July 16th

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Rural Health and Safety Education Competitive Grants Program

Deadline to apply: July 1, 2020

The RHSE program proposals are expected to be community-based outreach education programs, such as those conducted through Human Science extension outreach that provide 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 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. The agency will host an applicant webinar on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 1:00pm CT/ 2:00pm ET. Click here to attend.

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Distance Learning & Telemedicine Grants

Deadline to apply: July 13, 2020

The Distance Learning and Telemedicine program helps rural communities use the unique capabilities of telecommunications to connect to each other and to the world, overcoming the effects of remoteness and low population density. For example, this program can link teachers and medical service providers in one area to students and patients in another. The agency is providing this additional filing window for those that could not complete applications prior to the Window 1 deadline. This window also makes available up to $25 million received from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

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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 Opportunities

Social/Biological Science Specialist (National Program Leader)

Closing Date: September 30, 2020

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). Duty Station: Kansas City, MO.

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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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Marketing Workshops to Help Your Business Survive and Thrive

Jun. 3rd @ 1pm CT/2pm ET
Jun. 4th @ 1pm CT/2pm ET
Jun. 5th @ 1pm CT/2pm ET

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Southern CRD Webinar Series 2020: 

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

Webinar Recording

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

Webinar Recording

April: Rural Resiliency - How to Support Mental Health in Rural Communities

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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