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2011

Rural People & Communities in the 21st Century, Resilience & Transformation
November 6, 2012
Publication. Rural people and communities continue to play important social, economic and environmental roles at a time in which societies are rapidly urbanizing, and the identities of local places are increasingly subsumed by flows of people, information and economic activity across global spaces.
Transforming U.S. Agriculture
November 6, 2012
The authors argue that achieving sustainable agricultural systems will require transformative changes in markets, policies, and science, rather than just incremental changes in farming practices and technology. Former Northcentral RRDC director, Dr. Cornelia B. Flora, is coauthor of the article. Science, Policy Forum, Volume 332, 670-1, May 6, 2011.
Developing Viable Farmers Markets in Rural Communities: An Investigation of Vendor Performance Using Objective and Subjective Valuations
November 6, 2012
Farmers markets are drawing increasing attention by consumers as a local source of fresh foods; by producers as an alternative marketing opportunity to improve farm sales; and by policy makers concerned about the limited availability of affordable, nutritious foods in low-income, sparsely-populated rural areas.
Rural America in an Urban Society: Changing Spatial and Social Boundaries
November 6, 2012
This review outlines several key aspects of the new rural-urban interface and the growing interpenetration of American rural and urban life.
Northeast Landscapes - Urban Growth in the Northeast Megaregion
November 6, 2012
Regional Plan Association, March 2011. Over the next generation, the 13-state Northeast Megaregion is expected to grow by 26%, adding about 18 million residents.
From the Director
November 6, 2012
Northeast Center & Partners Receive $5million Global Food Security Grant*
Foundations of Practice Class
November 6, 2012
Sustainable Communities: Online course explores community systems. Sustainable Communities is an offering of the Foundations of Practice Program. It is appropriate for individuals who regularly work with community groups in any subject area and have a basic understanding of community development principles
Other What Works! 2011 presentations
November 6, 2012
A listing of all the presentation titles and authors.
Making the Case for Supporting Entrepreneurs in a Jobless Recovery
November 6, 2012
Stephan J. Goetz: More than ever before, expectations are high that entrepreneurs can serve as engines of economic growth in local economies. Yet the scientific research base documenting the local economic impacts of smaller entrepreneurs remains weak, and organizations such as The Kauffman Foundation are promoting billion-dollar businesses rather than smaller operations to rekindle economic growth.
The Entrepreneurial League System: Keynote by Tom Lyons
November 6, 2012
"Investing in Entrepreneurs" explains how to increase the numbers and the rate of success of entrepreneurs in our communities and regions. The authors presented a tool, called the Pipeline of Entrepreneurs and Enterprises, that enables economic developers and others to assist entrepreneurs in developing their skills and in building their businesses. For individuals or organizations that work directly with entrepreneurs, the Pipeline helps them understand what individual entrepreneurs need and how to most effectively support their growth and development. For those in leadership or policymaking positions, the Pipeline improves their ability to make more informed decisions about how and where to invest scarce resources in order to generate more jobs, greater wealth and higher social as well as economic returns for their community or region. Communities can now manage their economies as a portfolio of entrepreneurial assets, allowing them to transform their economies and more strategically compete in the global economy.
What Works Keynote Presentation: Ross Gittell
November 6, 2012
Ross Gittell highlights lessons from the University of New Hampshire's Green Launching Pad. Gittell discussed strategies for nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs and job creators. Entrepreneurship opportunities and new venture creation strategies in sustainable business were highlighted along with collaboration opportunities with large employers and with local anchor institutions. Recent data and case studies were presented with a review of lessons learned and best practices
What Works! 2011 - Center holds successful conference on Entrepreneurship
November 6, 2012
Held on September 18-20, 2011, this Extension-oriented conference brought together practitioners, researchers, educators, and decision-makers to address critical issues in promoting entrepreneurship in the U.S. The workshops provided opportunities for over 70 extension educators and other service providers to learn about new strategies and programs that work in different communities to stimulate job creation and business formation; for researchers to share science-based analyses that could be further developed into programs that will enhance economic development; and for town managers and local planners to share their experiences given new budget constraints and to learn about new research and outreach projects related to entrepreneurship and business development.
RDP 50 - The Determinants of Rural Self-Employment: Insights from County-Level Data
November 6, 2012
by Stephan J. Goetz and Anil Rupasingha. The sustained surge in rural self-employment since 2000 has largely gone unnoticed by policy makers and rural economic developers. This article documents the increase and identifies the variables associated with expanding self-employment using county-level data. The full paper is available on the NERCRD's website.
FY 2012 AFRI Project Director Meeting Presentations
November 6, 2012
Presentations from the AFRI-Small and Medium Sized Farms & Rural Development Project Director Meeting held in Miami, FL are available on NERCRD's website. Thanks to Dr. Kathleen Liang for providing these resources.
Great Bay Project - Nitrogen Hot Spots
November 6, 2012
The Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (GBNERR) is working with the UNH and other partners to better understand how nitrogen pollution flows into New Hampshire's Great Bay. The goal of this project is to generate and share the best science available on non-point nitrogen sources in streams and rivers that drain to Great Bay, as well as how the science can support local and regional decision-making. Contact Charlie French (charlie.french@unh.edu) for more information on this project.
Federal Reserve Bank Conference Focuses on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
November 6, 2012
On November 9-10, 2011 the Role of Small Business and Entrepreneurship during an Economic Recovery conference was held in Washington, DC. Stephan Goetz was invited to serve on the Panel -Strengthening Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Urban and Rural Communities. View pdf.