Southern CRD Webinar Series

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The Development of Utility-Scale Solar: Tales of Local Government

July 27, 2017 @ 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

The solar energy sector now employs more people than the coal energy sector. Cost reductions of technology and project development, ever increasing energy demands, and a groundswell of low-carbon energy demand are factors driving solar energy development. Local governments are on the frontlines of project development siting and permitting. Utility-scale solar projects have implications for land use, environment, and tax revenues. We will explore some stories of how Extension is working to ensure a bright future for this emerging market in Virginia and beyond.


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A comprehensive downtown revitalization program for rural Kentucky

May 31, 2017 @ 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

We will speak briefly about a new program designed to invigorate approximately 12 downtowns in rural Kentucky. We will highlight the following programs that focus on regionalism, small business development, community design and youth engagement:

CEDIK First Impressions program, CEDIK Community and Business Retention Program, KSBDC (Kentucky Small Business Development Center) Small Town Merchant Program, KSBDC and CEDIK GrowKY Program, Youth Engagement in Kentucky Downtowns, The creation of an 8-county Downtown network and mentoring program, Training on community foundation building and sustainability, Downtown marketing and communications using new broadband infrastructure, Community Design program – streetscape and walkability program.


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Show Me the Money - Funding and Financing Community and Economic Development

April 4, 2017 @ 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

Many communities and regions have great vision and plans, but are unable to bring them to completion due to lack of funding or financing. This webinar will present a comprehensive approach to funding and financing community and economic development in the 21st century, including 8 secrets to success, 12 major funding strategies, and exemplary case studies.


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How Latino-owned Businesses Thrive: Comprehensive Findings from Limited-Access Microdata

March 8th, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. CT/ 2:00 a.m. ET

With Latinos making up an increasing share of the U.S. population, there is a growing need to understand the most important factors related to Latino-owned businesses in general and to their growth specifically. As such, new research takes advantage of the Texas Federal Statistical Research Data Center to investigate which business-owner, business, and regional factors are most associated with Latino-owned business relative to other ethnicities and how those factors impact employment growth. The results of this research have implications economic development programing as it relates to supporting Latino-owned business. We conclude with a discussion of how Extension might adapt to meet the needs of this growing audience.


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Community-Centered Design: How to Empower Residents to Shape the Development of their Communities

January 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. CT/11:00 a.m. ET

Community-centered design is a methodology that invites a community to imagine and build places that reflect what matters most to them – both as a community and as individuals. Often in Extension, we conduct assessments as a way to identify community needs and determine solutions for solving community problems. There are various methods to gather that local input and, at times, traditional methods for data collection are too time consuming and are not accessible to many people. This session will introduce a community-centered design approach and the engagement tools to support a more accessible, transparent, and democratic process. Session speakers include Mr. Dan Parham, Co-Founder, CEO of Neighborland and Dr. Michelle Eley, Community & Economic Development Specialist, The Cooperative Extension Program at NC A&T State University.


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Considerations in Managing Oil and Gas Development and Forest Resources

December 15, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. CT/2:00 p.m. ET

Rachel Carter of Mississippi State University will be giving an overview of resources for planning for oil and gas development on forestland. She will also discuss what has been learned during our outreach work on the topic in Mississippi and where Extension agents and Landowners can find information on the topic and where they should look to have various questions answered.


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Igniting the Spark for Community Development: Developing Community Readiness

November 15, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. CT/1:00 p.m. ET

Often communities struggle with getting their citizenry involved in community betterment. In this session, we will explore the concept of community readiness, and discuss programs and methods that encourage public engagement.


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Local & Regional Foods: Connecting Regional Efforts

October 7th, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. CT/ 11:30 a.m. ET

The South has seen significant activity around local and regional foods systems in the recent months. As a result, a team of Extension and research professionals have come together to create a process for connecting these efforts and growing the work across states and disciplines. Come see what is planned and learn how you can be involved in the initiative.

Presenters
Dave Lamie, Clemson University
Elizabeth Gregory North, Mississippi State University

Webinar Recording // Webinar Invitation



Responsive Countryside: The Digital Age and Rural Communities

August 16th, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. CT/ 13:00 a.m. ET

The digital age is upon us. Its exponential, digital, combinatorial, and disruptive characteristics are ushering in revolutionary changes to our economic and social landscape. While serious privacy and security concerns abound, applications such as e-commerce, telehealth, telework, precision agriculture, and artificial intelligence have the potential to level the playing field between urban and rural communities. A four-step process in which the state Extension Service plays a critical role in helping rural communities transition to, plan for, and prosper in the digital age is showcased.

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Using Aging-in-Place to Connect At-Risk Youth and Seniors

July 20th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. CT/ 11:00 a.m. ET

The Innovative Dads Program uses local fathers from churches, who are trained by me and a local Pastor (Gerard Duncan) who is a building maintenance superintendent, to perform repairs to homes in underserved areas of Gainesville, FL. The fathers gain access to elderly residents’ homes in the area because they are trusted due to the Pastor's connections to the neighborhoods. Further, the fathers bring local youth into the homes to observe the upgrades so the youth can learn how to repair homes and also learn the trust and bond being created within their neighborhood by working in elderly folks' homes. This program aims to reduce the number of elderly residents who visit the emergency room due to accidental falls in the home and to reduce the number of youth who otherwise would be out on the local streets looking for something to do after school hours, which typically leads to negative behavior.

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Tourism in Extension: How we assist landowners, communities and the public at large

June 22nd, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. CT/ Noon ET

Miles Phillips and Stephen Brueggerhoff of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension will discuss their Extension work in Tourism.

Follow the links below for a short video from both of them.
https://youtu.be/eqJ7omyRB00 and https://youtu.be/_JyGlaa-8Kk

Webinar Recording// Webinar Invitation



Bricks to Clicks | Using Facebook to Market Your Business, Community or Local Government: Some Practical Tips and Lessons Learned from the Mississippi Bricks to Clicks Extension Program

May 10th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. CT/11:00 a.m. ET

Mississippi Bricks to Clicks (B2C) is an entrepreneurship program that trains business owners to understand the economics and management best practices when using social media and how the use of social media can translate into economic value. Facebook trainings are currently available and include the choice of three courses throughout Mississippi. These Facebook marketing courses include:

  1. Marketing Mississippi’s Agriculture, Communities and Local Governments Using Facebook (1.5 hrs.); This is an introductory course that provides an overview of the economics of using Facebook marketing. Participants will learn several best practices to improve their marketing efforts using Facebook.
  2. Marketing Your Business, Community or Local Government Using Facebook Using Facebook Organic Marketing Strategies (2.5 hrs.); This is an advanced course that provides participants with an in-depth analysis of how a Facebook business page works including all settings, ideas for posting engaging content, and how branding of products and services offered can be achieved. The goal of this course is to provide several examples of how to boost engagement on Facebook pages and therefore increase sales or civic engagement. Participants will also learn how to correctly use Facebook contests to drive engagement, sales or civic engagement.
  3. Marketing Your Business, Community or Local Government Using Facebook Paid Ads (2.5 hrs.). This is an advance course that provides participants with hands-on experience in using many Facebook paid advertisements. Participants will be shown how to conduct Facebook targeted ads to increase the number of fans and engagement among fans. Several best practices for developing highly effective ads are shared from research conducted to date with Mississippi businesses and communities.

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Improving the Health and Safety of NC Farmworker: Connecting Community Resources

April 5th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. CT / 11:00 a.m. ET

The Farmworkers Health and Safety Comprehensive Program is expanding Extension’s (NCCE) partnership with farmers by offering on-farm health and safety training for farmworkers. By building on the strength and trust of local agents, this program is partnering with farmers to improve access to training for their workers. Additionally it is expanding our in-reach and engagement with this critical, yet non-traditional Extension audience, N.C. farmworkers. The program currently works in the Eastern NC row crops and in the Western NC Christmas tree industry.

Farmers, farmworkers and their families constitute a vulnerable group in North Carolina and in the United States due to multiple risk factors such as low socioeconomic status, health and safety access, culture and language differences, and farming stressors.The Farmworkers Health and Safety Comprehensive Program connects and unifies community resources, provides farmworkers with education training and materials, and delivers them in a way that changes behaviors, improves home and community support structures, and improves overall well-being. It responds to the needs of farm operators, farmworkers, and their families for a comprehensive educational program to promote healthy and safe work, and family well-being

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You've Got the Position Now Make Sure You Have the Talent

March 29th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. CT / 11:00 a.m. ET

The purpose of the webinar is to provide quick tips on leadership development to assist community and economic development professionals in better serving their communities

Webinar Recording // Webinar Invitation



Community Food Systems and Healthy Food Access Initiatives

February 16th, 2016 @ 10:00 a.m. CT / 11:00 a.m. ET

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How to Start Disaster Planning for Your Region

January 28th, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. CT / 1:00 p.m. ET

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Developing and Implementing an Effective E-commerce Program

December 16th, 2015 // 9 a.m. Central/10 a.m. Eastern

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Getting Community Stakeholders to Identify Water Quality Issues and Priorities Using Liberating Structures

November 10th, 2015 1pm CT/2pm ET

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Youth Engagement Leadership Program (YELP)

October 16, 2015 // 10am Central/11am Eastern

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