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Around The South
August 2020 Vol. 16, No.7
In This Issue

SRDC Items of Interest

Collecting Broadband Data to Drive Visibility & Funding for Cooperative Extension

The ECOP Executive Committee voted to participate in the American Connection Project Broadband Coalition, led by Land O’ Lakes, alongside more than 50 other businesses and organizations to advocate for robust federal investment in broadband internet connectivity. Aligned with this work, there’s an opportunity to increase visibility and funding for Cooperative Extension’s on-going response, in the face of COVID, to provide greater broadband access to youth and families. To collect important data and help map locations to Wi-Fi public access and hot-spot lending locations, you or a staff member are encouraged to complete a short survey by September 2nd.

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Second Morrill Act 130th Anniversary Webinar

August 31, 2020 @ 12pm CT/1pm ET

Join higher education and civic leaders for a webinar celebrating the 130th Anniversary of the Morrill Act of 1890, which designated 19 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with land-grant status. This legislation gave states funds to establish state universities for persons of color if higher education wasn't already open to all in the state. The webinar will be a chance to participate in a discussion of the legacy and future importance of the 1890s, led by 1890s leaders, policymakers, and others.

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SRDC Seeking Candidates for Director Position

The Southern Rural Development Center is seeking candidates for its Director’s position. Please see the attached announcement and share with anyone that may be interested. The SRDC’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of the region's 30 land-grant institutions to address critical contemporary rural development issues impacting the well-being of people and communities in the rural South. This includes both Extension and research efforts.

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Job Opportunities

Director & Professor – Southern Rural Development Center

The Southern Rural Development Center is seeking candidates for its Director’s position. Please see the attached announcement and share with anyone that may be interested. The SRDC’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of the region's 30 land-grant institutions to address critical contemporary rural development issues impacting the well-being of people and communities in the rural South. This includes both Extension and research efforts.

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Assistant/Associate Professor – Community, Workforce & Economic Development

This is a non-tenure track faculty member of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service responsible for developing a nationally recognized extension education and applied research program in community, workforce and economic advancement for the state and region. This position will be responsible for securing substantial and consistent extramural funding and collaborations to support program activity and growth over time. The position will assess gaps in existing knowledge of community, workforce and economic development and pursue extramural funding and modern research approaches to discover, interpret, publish and develop recommendations for advancement.

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Grant Connections

Agricultural Workforce Training Priority Area: AFRI - Education and Workforce Development Program

Deadline to apply: September 24, 2020

The Agricultural Workforce Training Priority Area, part of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Education and Workforce Development, addresses the need for training or retraining of agricultural workforce by providing institutional training grants to develop a technology- and data-savvy workforce, ready for the field and industrial jobs. These include opportunities for the development of new workforce training programs, and the expansion, improvement, or renewal of existing workforce training programs and curriculum. Projects must be developed by or for community/junior/technical colleges/institutes and their industry partners. All applications to this program area must demonstrate committed and active partnership with and/or relevance to industry.

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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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CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS, TRAININGS

Rural Renewal Symposium

October 13, 2020 - Virtual

The Rural Renewal Initiative inspires, empowers, and coordinates rural renewal research at Oklahoma State University and beyond. The Rural Renewal Initiative supports interdisciplinary research by funding seed grant projects seeking to improve the lives of people in rural communities and providing them with trained student research scholars to lead community-engaged and participative research. The Rural Renewal Initiative will host its inaugural Rural Renewal Symposium online on October 13, 2020, to expand and empower its network of collaborating faculty, students, and community leaders. The symposium will feature the research of faculty, research scholars, and other technical and social scientists who have conducted research in and for rural communities.

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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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WEBINAR SERIES

Other: 

Second Morrill Act 130th Anniversary Webinar

Aug. 31st @ 12pm CT/1pm ET

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ARCHIVED WEBINARS

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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Submit Announcements

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


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