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Northeast Center publishes the bi-monthly newsletter, NETWORK, that focuses primarily on issues and problems of rural areas in the northeast region of the United States.

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May 24, 2017

The Daily Yonder is featuring a piece that offers suggestions for improving federal rural development policy without “breaking the bank.” It is an excerpt of a longer paper co-authored by Center Director Stephan Goetz; West Virginia University's Heather Stephens (who also serves on our Technical Advisory Committee); and Ohio State University's Mark Partidge.

Conducting an analysis of the network within which each individual is embedded considers farmers’ multidimensional relationships with other farmers. Credit: USDA
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.

This 2-page inforgraphic is available for download (see article).
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.

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.

A new report by the USDA Economic Research Service explores rural manufacturing resilience.
May 4, 2017

Rural manufacturing plays a significant role in the health of rural economies. According to the USDA's Economic Research Service (ERS), rural manufacturing provided "almost twice the jobs and three times the earnings that production agriculture provided" in 2011. A new report by ERS explores the factors affecting rural manufacturers’ survival, including size, location, goods produced, and access to capital.

Image credit: USDA
May 3, 2017

The USDA's first Farm-to-School Census, which explored how frequently local foods were served in schools and which locally sourced foods were served more often, found that schools' daily use of local foods was most prevalent in the Northeast, according to a new report by the USDA's Economic Research Service.

Image: USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
May 3, 2017

A group of institutions led by Penn State has received nearly $2.2 million for the first year of a planned four-year, $5 million project aimed at developing a model for engaging communities and stakeholders to ensure adequate supplies of good-quality water both for and from agriculture. Partners include the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, Arizona State University and the University of Nebraska Lincoln.

May 3, 2017

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) recently announced $2.8 million in available funding to health education projects for individuals and families living in rural areas. Funding is made through NIFA’s Rural Health and Safety Education (RHSE) Competitive Grant Program, which seeks to address the needs of rural Americans through individual and family health education programs delivered through cooperative extension.

May 2, 2017

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension and Merrimack County invite qualified individuals to apply for the Merrimack County Economic Development Field Specialist position based in Boscawen, New Hampshire. The Field Specialist will provide educational outreach, technical assistance, community planning, and project implementation support that builds community and regional leaders’ capacity to implement effective strategies grow and sustain the economy and strengthen communities. This opportunity closes on May 31, 2017.

May 1, 2017

Michigan State University (MSU) School of Planning, Design, and Construction and MSU Extension seek a Director for their NCI unit. Formerly known as the National Charrette Institute, and based in a landscape architecture/urban planning tradition, NCI is currently focused on non-credit training and developing collaboration by design process techniques to address pressing social problems, with focus on urban and regional issues. NCI brings nationally recognized training curricula and hands-on community-based procedures along with its established networks. Formal review of applications will begin June 12, 2017. (Links to PDF version of full job description.)

April 30, 2017

Stephan Goetz, the director of the Northeast Center, was named vice-chair of the Board of Directors of C-FARE earlier this month. Goetz has served on the Board since 2014, and on the organization's Blue Ribbon Experts Panel since 2011.

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
March 30, 2017

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.

March 6, 2017

In our 2016 Annual Report, we report on the early impacts resulting from Center-funded interstate Extension collaborations; on the work of our Impact Indicators Learning Circle; on our research aimed at measuring impacts of Extension programs; and much more! Read all about it in our 18-page annual report, or explore the links embedded in our 2-page overview.

March 6, 2017

The Northeast Center is part of a multi-state research and Extension team studying health insurance, farm and ranching families and operations. The project is seeking farmers and ranchers to complete a 20-minute survey aimed at understanding their experiences with health insurance and how those experiences affect both their farm's economic development and their family’s quality of life.

March 6, 2017

The University of New Hampshire seeks to identify the types of training and educational opportunities that would be of most interest to economic development practitioners who work with small- to medium-sized towns. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. Your input will help UNH develop training and educational resources for economic development practitioners, including planners, local officials, agency staff, and local volunteers. The findings from the survey will be shared publicly.

Image credit: Amayzun via Flickr
March 6, 2017

Shannon M. Monnat, Penn State, will present a webinar on April 11, 2017 titled "Deaths of Despair in Pennsylvania and Beyond: A Demographer’s Take on Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Mortality in Small City and Rural America." The webinar, taking place at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time, is sponsored by the Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation (CAPE) project.

March 4, 2017

Registration is now open for the 2017 joint national conference of the Community Development Society (CDS) and the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) is scheduled for June 11-14, 2017 in Big Sky, Montana.

March 3, 2017

“Tourism in the 21st Century: Connecting Communities, Places and People” is the theme of the 2017 National Extension Tourism conference, taking place August 8 – 10, 2017 in Princeton, NJ. Registration is now open, and presentation proposals will be accepted until March 27, 2017.

March 2, 2017

Our Technical Advisory Committee Chair, Paul Gottlieb, brought to our attention a hot topic currently being debated by economists: whether economic development incentives designed to attract businesses are worth their costs to taxpayers.

Credit: USDA
January 31, 2017

Farmers in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Vermont who participate in an upcoming survey will help researchers understand how health-insurance policy affects farmers’ decisions to invest, expand, and grow their enterprises. Potential participants will be notified by mail if they are among those selected for the survey in early February 2017.