Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development

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The share of college graduates and the quality of life in a community were found to significantly contribute to economic growth. Credit: Sara Brennan, Penn State
Adding grads and going green can brighten economic outlook
Attracting college graduates and boosting natural amenities may give communities a double shot of economic growth potential, according to a new peer-reviewed study by economists at the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development and California State University, Fresno.

Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development News

Analyzing farmer networks is focus of new training manual
May 19, 2017
A new publication in the Northeast Center's Rural Development Working Paper series provides guidance to Extension educators on analyzing existing farmer networks. Economic and social networks organized around local and regional food systems or value chains have the potential to increase traditionally underserved farmers’ access to the resources, skills and scale of logistical or distribution assets that are prerequisites for profitable expansion into urban markets.
CAPE project issues findings on signs and stigmas associated with prescription drug misuse
May 18, 2017
The results of a national survey that examined the signs and stigmas associated with prescription drug misuse were released this month by the Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation (CAPE) Project. The team reports that nearly 70 percent of U.S. individuals could correctly identify prescription drug misuse, but many didn’t know what to do about it.
Urban food networks featured in special-topic issue of Metropolitan Universities Journal
May 4, 2017
A recent issue of Metropolitan Universities Journal explores the role urban universities play in addressing food-system issues facing their communities. NERCRD Board Member Sabine O'Hara of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) authored one of the featured papers, which describes UDC's Urban Food Hubs program.