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Webinar: 2020 Census

January 30, 2020 @ 10am CT/11am ET

With the 2020 Census drawing near, now is the time for anyone interested in promoting participation to learn about several action items they can initiate. This webinar will address the why, what, and how of the Census and present possible activities and connections to encourage participation. Since the Census only occurs once every ten years, it is extremely important for every person in every community be counted.

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Southern CRD Webinar Series:
Creating Bridges for the Rural Retail Workforce: Bringing Businesses and Employees Together to Identify Long-Term Employment Solutions for Rural Retail

July 26, 2019 @ 12:30pm CT/1:30pm ET

Retail, entertainment, accommodation, and tourism sector jobs are a growing share of rural employment. In some rural South communities, these jobs represent the only local employment opportunities for residents with limited or no college education, since manufacturing, mining, and other industries left in the latter part of the 20th century. In addition, these sectors provide critical jobs for those seeking to enter, or re-enter, the workforce and have proven to be economic development engines. However, these jobs often suffer from low wages, no obvious career path, and experience high rates of turnover, despite the economic importance these sectors may have in rural communities. CREATE BRIDGES is a multi-state initiative to strengthen retail, entertainment, accommodation, and tourism industries in rural communities. The process is designed to: raise awareness of the role these important businesses play; determine challenges negatively impacting these businesses and workforce participation; and implement strategies to strengthen them within selected regions.

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Southern CRD Webinar Series:
Community Food Systems: A Space for Ecology, Justice, and Markets

May 30, 2019 @ 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

In this webinar, Eric Bendfeldt, Extension Specialist for Community Viability with Virginia Cooperative Extension highlights ongoing work with Local, Regional, and Community Food Systems, which includes an emphasis on soil health, justice, and facilitating farm to table connections and conversations.

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Southern CRD Webinar Series:
Building a Regional Coalition for Natural Resource Conservation

April 26, 2019 @ 12:00pm CT/1:00pm ET

Natural Resources are an important component of the regional economy in western Kentucky and Tennessee that comprise the Riverlands region. There is a growing interest in building regional capacity to address the challenges faced by communities for the sustainability of natural resources. Extension specialists and agents from Kentucky and Tennessee facilitated a workshop to engage stakeholders with a goal of identifying and prioritizing projects that support outdoor recreation, sustainable resource use, and a high quality of life, while promoting the heritage of the Riverlands region. This session will discuss a collaborative effort between University of Kentucky and University of Tennessee to build a regional coalition for natural resource conservation in the Riverlands region.

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Southern CRD Webinar Series:
Equipping Georgia’s New Farmers for Success

March 26, 2019 @ 2:00pm CT/3:00pm ET

Agriculture has long been the most important part of Georgia’s economy with a Farm Gate Value of over $13.8 Billion. There is a growing interest in niche crops and value added products with the number of small to mid-size farms increasing. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is partnering with the UGA Small Business Development Center to train the next generation of farmers in both agriculture production as well as farm business management. Successful growers and producers are first and foremost business people. This session will discuss recent collaborative efforts to promote Georgia’s number one industry and economic driver – agriculture.

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Southern CRD Webinar Series:
Empowering Minority Students with an Entrepreneurial Mindset

February 28, 2019 @ 2:00pm CT/3:00pm ET

The United We Can (Unidos Se Puede) program in Tulsa, OK, empowers black and Latino/a students with skills and resources to pursue higher education. The foundation of the program is an entrepreneurial mindset: a way of thinking that uses critical thinking, problem solving and creativity to see opportunities, learn from failure, and build ones self-efficacy. While these are critical to starting and running a successful business, they are also tools for a successful life. On the foundation of this mindset, the program erects three pillars of programming: success coaches, family workshops, and a summer academy. Students and parents learn essential skills, increase family cohesion, develop positive peer relationship that reinforce and support an entrepreneurial mindset. Evaluations of the program suggest that participants have better school attendance, higher grades, and lower participation rates in negative behaviors.

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Southern CRD Webinar Series:
Exploring Ways to Engage Limited Resource Communities in Disaster Education – Strategies from the 1890 EDEN Advisory Group

January 22, 2019 @ 1pm CT/2pm ET

The 1890 EDEN Advisory Group was formed in response to foster better 1890 LGUs participation in EDEN and to devise a coordinated strategy to create and deliver effective educational programs and training that targets limited resource audiences. It is widely known that limited resource communities are often the least prepared, lack disaster resources and/or do not receive the timely assistance necessary to promote disaster resilience in their communities. The purpose of the webinar is to delve into strategies for providing disaster education resources to a diverse clientele, the kind of partnerships needed at the state level to support this work, and lessons learned in emergency planning and preparedness that empower communities to be resilient during disaster-related events.

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Southern CRD Webinar Series:
Community Engagement through Partnership

December 5, 2018 @ 11am CT/12pm ET

As Extension Specialist our engagement with reputable partners will allow up to broaden the impact in the communities we serve and increase our volunteer base. This webinar will provide you with information on establishing a partnership with the IRS through their Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. Because of the local and national advertisement, we receive from this partnership we are afforded the opportunity to advertise the value of the County Extension Agents. The community is provided accessibility to receiving tax preparation, the Extension Agent is trained to become Certified Tax Preparers and most important, citizens on a limited and fixed budget save money with the FREE tax preparation. This is one partnership you will want to be a part of!

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Southern CRD Webinar:
Does Extension Need Highly Visible Educational Programs Beyond the Farm, Families and Youth? Florida’s Partnership with the Florida Association of Counties for Elected County Commissioner Education

November 13, 2018 @ 2:00pm CT/3:00pm ET

Learn about Florida Extension’s partnership with the Florida Association of Counties in training county elected commissioners. The program began on a formal basis in 1996. It has evolved from a single basic County Commissioner Certification (CCC) program with the addition of an Advanced Commissioner Certification (ACC) and will soon add a third legacy class (yet to be named). Over the past 20 years there have been over 400 CCC graduates and over 200 ACC graduates representing virtually every county in the state.

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Southern CRD Webinar:
Citizenship in Action: How Extension Can Engage and Educate Voters on Ballot Issues

October 30, 2018 @ 2:00pm CT/3:00pm ET

Even without commercials, mailers and social media noise, voters can have a difficult time understanding the implications of proposed laws and policy changes they're asked to vote on Election Day. This webinar looks at Arkansas' model of voter engagement and shares how Extension professionals can incorporate ballot issue education into programs for voters of all ages.

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Southern CRD Webinar:
Chalk and Talk: A Different Approach to Community Engagement

September 28, 2018 @ 2:00pm CT/3:00pm ET

The ‘Chalk and Talk’ program seeks to engage people in a creative and accessible way about their feelings, thoughts and views on their city’s downtown. In essence it is a way to informally gather and summarize the varying views and experiences of attendees of local festivals and events about the city while they are immersed in it. The intent is that this information can inspire dialogue and help inform the preliminary steps taken towards longer term design, planning and revitalization initiatives.

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Upcoming Webinar:
Marketing Cooperative Extension Organizations and Extension Local Foods Educational Programs: A Review of Online Practices Used Across the South

September 6, 2018 @ 11:00am CT/12:00pm ET

What you will learn in this webinar

  • Discover how Extension Services are using Facebook, Twitter, and websites to market ANR, 4-H, FCS, and Community Development Programs
  • Learn the types of content Extension Services are using on Facebook, Twitter and websites to promote Local Foods Extension Programs
  • Learn the key factors that determine an effective website for promoting Local Foods Extension programs to increase engagement among consumers, producers, and communities
  • Learn how to clarify your marketing message for your Local Foods Extension Program to reach more clientele
  • This research was created as part of Sera 47 - Strengthening the Southern Region Extension and Research System to Support Local & Regional Foods Needs and Priorities.
  • This applied research was financially supported by Mississippi State University Extension, the Department of Agricultural Economics, and the Southern Rural Development Center at Mississippi State University.

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SoutherN CRD Webinar Series:
CPTED, Crime Prevention through Environmental Design

July 24, 2018 @ 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

Practitioners, volunteers, and users can learn how design, management, and positive use of the environment can reduce fear of places & discourage opportunities for crime. In turn, they can sustain or improve the quality of public spaces and places in our communities and their intended benefits. Basic CPTED concepts & case studies will be highlighted.

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Southern CRD Webinar:
Financial Capability as Community Development

June 20, 2018 @ 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

This webinar invites you to participate in a discussion around building a case for improving financial capability as a method of community development. We will look at current data trends, review research on effective interventions, and provide resources for next steps for communities.

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Southern CRD Webinar:
Increasing Stakeholder Involvement to Build Capacity and Promote Sustainability of Healthy Communities

May 24, 2018 @ 9:00am CT/10:00am ET

How do Extension agents engage stakeholders in significant roles to address community health? What are the challenges and benefits of community based participatory research focused on healthy communities? What do county agents gain from involving stakeholders to achieve policy, systems and environmental changes? This webinar will share lessons learned and successful strategies from county Extension programs currently focused on building healthy communities.

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April 26, 2018 @ 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

As Extension professionals, we are called to promote and support the leadership necessary for a wide variety of education programs. There is no shortage of books on leadership, but it can be difficult to discern the practical guidance appropriate for the context and stakeholders of Extension. Within this webinar, we will revisit conventional leadership concepts and frame them in light of new insights. As a result of the webinar, participants will be able to identify resources that can be used to guide distributed and networked approaches to leadership.

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The Opioid Epidemic: Considering Extension's Role and Virginia's Multi-Faceted Approach

March 20, 2018 @ 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

This session will provide an overview of the opioid epidemic, inform participants of current strategies being implemented to address it, and explore additional opportunities to effect change from an Extension perspective.

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National CRD Indicators Team Webinar: Understanding and Evaluating Collective Impact Initiatives

February 22, 2018 @ 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

The Collective Impact Model has the potential for bringing organizations and partners together to address a common set of goals. This webinar will provide an overview of the model -- the contexts in which it may be useful, the strategies for making it successful, and current criticisms of its use. Evaluation strategies for assessing both the formative and summative aspects of collective impact models will also be discussed. Presenters: Walt Whitmer, Scott Chazdon, Deb Tootle, and Allison Nichols

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February 20, 2018 @ 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

In a time of divisiveness in our nation, it is even more important for our communities to be able to have a sense of community – for people to live in a place where they feel they belong, where they can engage and contribute, and in return feel respected and valued. This is also essential for a community to operate at the speed of trust, able to respond to crises and opportunities that require action within a short time frame, and to foster development that is sustainable over the long term. This webinar will explore five elements of social capital through this lens, plus scenarios that portray cultural competency at its worst and best. You won’t want to miss it!

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Helping Individuals and Communities in the Wake of a Disaster: 2 Part Webinar Series

Part 1: Post-Disaster Stress in Individuals and Communities

February 15, 2018 @ 9am CT/10am ET

In this webinar, Dr. Breanda Wiens from the University of Florida, will describe common stress responses experienced by individuals and communities following a disaster event. Attention to the psychological aspects of disaster is a crucial element in building effective community-wide response plans, especially in rural communities that may lack many of the resources found in urban areas.

Part 2: Supporting Communities in Times of Disaster

February 16, 2018 @ 9am CT/10am ET

In this webinar, Dr. Heidi Radunovich from the University of Florida, will provide information about best practices for providing support to those impacted by disaster. Recommendations for communication strategies will be provided, with special attention being given to the needs of specific audiences (e.g., children, first responders). Finally, a tool that is useful for working with communities after disaster, Triumph Over Tragedy 2nd Edition, will be described.

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How Can I Be of Service? Determining the Best Role for Community Engagement

January 25, 2018 @ 1:00pm CT/2:00pm ET

Cooperative Extension has a mandate to assess community needs and assist with community issues, but how agents engage with communities will vary by topic, need and situation. This webinar is an interactive session that will explore different roles agents might fill as they work for community change. We will discuss the different roles Extension can serve when creating community change including: informing, being a catalyst for change, innovating change; or orchestrating change – and when and how these roles may change.

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Starting a Rural Library Hotspot Lending Program

December 6, 2017 @ 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

Libraries across the country are beginning to implement hotspot lending programs in an effort to bridge the digital divide in their communities. These programs loan out “hotspots” to library patrons for 1 week or more, allowing individuals without a connection to access the Internet from their own homes. Come learn more about how you can help get these programs up and running, including lessons learned from a pilot project with 4 rural libraries in Oklahoma.

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Crowdfunding Your Startup: Capital for Today’s Entrepreneur

November 16, 2017 @ 10:00am CT/11:00am ET

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The Role of Arts in Cooperative Extension

October 26, 2017 @ 9:00am CT/10:00am ET

This webinar will provide an overview of the role arts can play in extension. We will share strategies that have been successful in the state of Kentucky, from theater productions to pottery classes to market events for artist and crafters. The session will end with guiding principles of how arts can be applied successfully to extension work.

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Estimating the Economic Impact of Programs: Best Practices and Lessons Learned

October 3, 2017

A brief overview of approaches used to estimate program impact. How IMPLAN has been used in Extension will be shared as well as best practices and lessons learned.

Presenters are Nancy Bowen and Greg Davis. Nancy Bowen is a Community Economics Field Specialist focusing on community economic development programming and issues affecting communities throughout Ohio. Specialization areas include impact analysis, community and regional planning, BRE, entrepreneurship, and renewable energy development. Greg Davis serves as Assistant Director, Ohio State University Extension - Community Development. In this capacity he leads field-based Extension specialists and educators engaged in the development of community, organizational and individual capacity to improve civic, environmental and economic conditions throughout Ohio.

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Choosing the Best Legal Structure for Your 21st Century Small Business

August 8, 2017

Becky Bowen, a community development specialist at NC State Cooperative Extension, is an attorney licensed in North Carolina, North Dakota, and Minnesota. Her presentation will review seven things to consider when choosing a legal structure for a small business as well as examine new economy trends in business structure choices.

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

July 27, 2017

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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June 27, 2017

Fort Valley State University’s Cooperative Extension program will highlight how they collaborated with a USDA Strike Force designated community to develop an affiliate of a national non-profit housing organization to help preserve the community’s affordable housing inventory by providing free home repairs and rehabilitation services for the elderly and disabled citizens.

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May 31, 2017

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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Developmental Evaluation for Cooperative Extension Community Development Programs

April 27, 2017

This webinar introduces Michael Q. Patton’s developmental evaluation approach as a potentially appropriate paradigm for Extension community development programs. Presenters will share how the MFLN uses developmental evaluation and what it might look like in day-to-day evaluation for community development educators.

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

April 4, 2017

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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March 8, 2017

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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Documenting Community Outcomes with Surveys: A how-to on designing questions & collecting data

February 6, 2017

One of the easiest ways to get information from community members and program participants is to use a survey. But how do you know if your questions are written correctly? And what's the best way to reach your audience? Join the National Community & Economic Resource Development Indicators Team as we discuss question design and fielding your survey once it's complete. This webinar will focus on designing clear and concise survey questions and a discussion of best practices to follow when fielding your survey.

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16th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Saint Louis, MO

February 2-4, 2017

The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event, the theme for the 2017 conference is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities,” underscoring a stronger emphasis on implementation tools and strategies, and new technologies that will help communities NOW! The program will span three full days with post-conference events scheduled for Sunday, February 5. The main program will kick off on Thursday morning, February 2, with a plenary starting at 10:00 am, and continue through Saturday afternoon, closing at 4:00 pm. The schedule includes a dynamic mix of plenaries, breakouts, implementation workshops, focused training sessions, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and coordinated networking activities. It will also feature exciting tours of local model projects in and around the greater St. Louis region.

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

January 25, 2017

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

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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National Association of Extension Program Staff Development Professionals (NAEPSDP): Ridgedale, MO

December 6-8, 2016

The NAEPSDP is soliciting proposals for presentations at the 2016 NAEPSDP Annual Conference. The theme for the 2016 conference is “Sustaining Connections: Reaching New Heights Together.” Presentation proposals will be accepted from NAEPSDP members and nonmembers alike for four different tracks and four different session types. Proposals from graduate student research or projects are encouraged. All presentation proposals must be submitted by no later than Friday, August 19, 2016

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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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Foundatins of Practice: Understanding Communities Online Course Offers Tools for Community Development

October 6 - November 17, 2016

Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics is a Level 1 introduction for the Foundations of Practice Program. It is appropriate for individuals working with community groups in any subject area. The seven-week series begins October 6, 2016 and concludes November 17, 2016. Each week features a 90-minute webinar focusing on topics including demographics, economic development, strategic planning and power structures. Supplemental resources and online discussion opportunities will be available on the course website. Participants should plan to log in at their convenience during the week to explore these topics further, pose questions, investigate additional resources and visit with colleagues in similar situations

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Local & Regional Foods: Connecting Regional Efforts

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

The Community Development Academy Explores presents The Arts and Economic Development Workshop. Learn how the arts and culture can add to and diversify traditional community and economic development practices. This workshop will show you how the arts can favorably impact your local and regional economy. Registration now open. .

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Exploring Linkages in Food Market Innovations, Food Distribution Research Society Annual Conference: New Orleans, LA

September 30 - October 1, 2016

Hosted by the Food Distribution Research Society, participants can explore a host of topics related to Food Systems work on a host of topics. Explore the agenda and register for this exciting event.

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The Arts and Economic Development Workshop: Excelsior Springs, MO

September 26-27, 2016

The Community Development Academy Explores presents The Arts and Economic Development Workshop. Learn how the arts and culture can add to and diversify traditional community and economic development practices. This workshop will show you how the arts can favorably impact your local and regional economy. Registration now open. .

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Reinventing Our Communities Conference: Philadelphia, PA

September 21-23, 2016

A transformative economy leverages capital needed to fund innovation and entrepreneurship, whether it is currency, community development investments or human capital. The 2016 Reinventing Our Communities conference, will take a deep look at the key tools required to leverage capital that translates knowledge and ideas into marketable innovations, provides quality education and training, strengthens local business vitality and encourages entrepreneurship. Come and experience conference sessions that will showcase: perspectives from three Federal Reserve presidents on the Fed's role in transforming economies; emerging strategies in community development finance that focus on collaboration; and opportunities for municipalities to compete effectively for funding.

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7th National Small Farm Conference: Virginia Beach, VA

September 20-22, 2016

At the conference, through short courses, oral and poster paper presentations, exhibits, success stories and educational tours in and around Virginia Beach you’ll: 1. Learn about innovative advances in research, extension and outreach 2. Network and strengthen existing partnerships with other small farm professionals 3.Take home new ideas that will help to ensure small farmers and ranchers in your region not only survive, but thrive in today’s economy.

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SERA-37 Annual Meeting: Nashville, TN

August 25-26, 2016

This conference focused on immigrant integration in new destination areas. It brings together folks from NGOs, service providers, educators, researchers, policymakers, students and others to discuss the research and best practices that are working to help strengthen our communities and empower our community members.

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2016 SR-PLN, AEA & ASRED Joint Meeting: Nashville, TN

August 22-26, 2016

Creating New Harmonies: Addressing Regional Opportunities.
Registration for the conference is now open.

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Responsive Countryside: The Digital Age and Rural Communities

August 16, 2016@ 10:30am CT/ 11:30pm 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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79th Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting: Toronto, Canada

August 7-10th, 2016

2016 RSS Annual Meeting Call for Papers, Posters, and Organized Sessions. The theme of the 2016 conference is Understanding Rural Social Class in an Era of Global Challenge and will be held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 7 - 10 August 2016.

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

July 20th, 2016@ 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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2016 NACDEP/ANREP Annual Conference: Burlington, VT

June 26-29, 2016

For the first time, NACDEP and ANREP are teaming up for a Joint Annual Conference June 26-29, 2016 at the Sheraton Hotel in beautiful and vibrant Burlington, Vermont. Between our memberships, we are anticipating over 350 attendees, providing an excellent opportunity to broaden your Extension Network, present and learn from your peers, and learn from an expanded topic menu.

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Tourism in Extension: How we Assist Landowners, Communities and the Public at Large Webinar

June 22nd, 2016 11am CT/12pm ET

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15th Annual Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Conference: Columbia, MO

June 8 – 10, 2016

You should check out this conference focused on immigrant integration in new destination areas. It brings together folks from NGOs, service providers, educators, researchers, policymakers, students and others to discuss the research and best practices that are working to help strengthen our communities and empower our community members. 

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2016 National Health Outreach Conference: Roanoke, VA

April 5 – 7, 2016

Health literacy is emerging as a leading issue affecting U.S. consumers' health. It has been shown to be a stronger predictor of a person's health than age, income, employment status, education level, or race. To best meet the health literacy needs of consumers, Extension educators can use best practice guidelines for improved health communications to develop effective educational materials, which include getting to know the target audience; sending clear, actionable message(s); and using appropriate formatting with meaningful visuals. Extension educators can apply these best practice guidelines to better promote health-related behaviors and communicate science more effectively to consumers.
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Extension Sustainability Summit 2016: Portland, OR

April 5 – 7, 2016

Held for the first time in 2013, this popular event promises an exciting two-day Summit addressing sustainability and Cooperative Extension's outreach activities and opportunities. Plus field trips! And all the local foods and sustainably-created fun the Rose City has to offer!
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National eXtension Conference: San Antonio, TX

March 22-25, 2016

Our 2016 National eXtension Conference is about issues, innovation, and impact—both within the Cooperative Extension System and within eXtension itself. In 2015, we began a quest to reinvent eXtension to focus on innovation and professional development and how to bring them together to accelerate Extension professionals’ impact in the communities they serve. Together with our Fellows, Innovation Project awardees and leaders of unique user communities, we created a new initiative—i-Three—to provide more support for Extension professionals seeking professional growth. As much workshop as conference, our 2016 National eXtension Conference showcases the knowledge, energy, and commitment to innovation of Extension professionals system wide.
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12th Annual Tri-State Diversity Conference : Hebron, KY

February 18 – 19, 2016

The Tri-State Diversity Conference is hosted by four land grant universities from Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio. It is designed for administrators, faculty, and staff from Cooperative Extension, research, and academic programs; private and public university representatives; K-12 educators; community outreach leaders; health and social services professionals; employers and supervisors; human resource staff; elected and appointed officials; and all others wanting to expand diversity efforts and increase cultural understanding in their communities and workplaces.
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New Partners for Smart Growth: Portland, Oregon

February 11-13, 2016

The New Partners Conference is heading back to the West Coast – Portland – after stops in America’s Heartland, the Rockies and the Chesapeake Bay over the past three years. The nation’s largest smart growth and sustainability event, the theme for New Partners 2016 is “Practical Tools and Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities, “underscoring this year’s stronger emphasis on implementation. The program will feature tools, strategies, focused training and new technologies that will help communities NOW. Registration deadline is January 21, 2016.
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December 8-10, 2015

The 2015 Extension Climate Science Conference will be December 8-10, 2015 in Bozeman, MT at the Montana State University Student Union Building (SUB). You'll learn about: Climate Science Basics, Montana and Regional Climate Trends, Stakeholder Perspectives, Tools and Resources for Extension Programming, Effective Communication Techniques, and Program-focused Discussions and Opportunities to Collaborate. Please join out list for updates: extensionclimatescience@montana.edu
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Strategies for Investing in Rural America

Tuesday, April 14 from 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Rural America has many competitive economic advantages derived from its unique land, location, resource, and knowledge assets. The 2015 Jon Brandt Public Policy Forum will discuss economic opportunities afforded by the synergies among rural innovation, entrepreneurship, and infrastructure that contribute to more productive rural economies. The Forum will explore choices that can boost the kind of growth in rural America that will support U.S. economic vitality and competitiveness.
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National Extension Energy Summit 2015

April 7 – 10, 2015

The National Extension Energy Summit (NEES) 2015 is an opportunity for Extension professionals to share experiences and information, learn from successes and challenges, and build new partnerships for energy programs. The Summit will bring together expertise from Extension supporting various areas: sustainable and renewable energy, home and farm energy efficiency, biomass energy programs, and other exciting energy area.
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SET Multi-State Conferences

March 23-24, 2015 in Roanoke, VA and April 27-28, 2015 in Oklahoma City, OK

Since its inception, over 50 regions in 28 states have walked through the steps of regional planning using the Stronger Economies Together (SET) process. This year, regional teams and coaches are invited to come together to learn from each other’s work, navigate paths through common challenges, and explore new opportunities. A half-day pre-session is offered to SET coaches to provide time for sharing, skill-building, and networking together. Then a full-day of engaging workshops and interactive sessions designed for regional teams arm participants with new skills, tools, and connections to strengthen their regional work..

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Joint Council of Extension Professionals Leadership Conference 2015

February 11–12, 2015

This year our nationally known keynote speaker is David Horsager. His work has been featured in prominent publications such as Fast Company, Forbes, and The Wall Street Journal. He is a producer, professor, business strategist and National Best-Selling author of The Trust Edge.

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February 11, 2015
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Calculating What to Save for Retirement

February 3, 2015
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New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

January 29–31, 2015

A significant factor in this event’s tremendous success is its appeal to so many different disciplines. The conference will draw a national audience of local elected officials and city and county staff; state and federal agency leaders; professionals in planning, transportation, public health, landscape architecture, architecture, public works, parks and recreation, and crime prevention; realtors, developers, builders and bankers; advocates for equity and environmental justice, youth, older adults, and walking and biking; labor representatives; school leaders and staff; environmentalists; and all others committed to building safer, healthier and more livable communities everywhere. January 5, 2015 is registration deadline.
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Easy as PIE Webinar Series: January—Public opinion of genetically modified food

January 28, 2015
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Marketing Your Products - Turning Samples into Sales

January 20, 2015
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Developing a Personal Asset Allocation Strategy

January 13, 2015
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