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2012

Samantha Sheckler Joins NERCRD
November 6, 2012
We welcome Samantha Sheckler to the Northeast Center. She will be providing staff support to Katey Burke on a part-time basis and is co-funded on a number of different grants, including the National Agricultural and Rural Development (NARDeP) Center and Global Food Security Grants.
New NERA Muliti-State Planning Grant (#NE1301) Selected for Funding
November 6, 2012
Congratulations to Kathleen Liang from the University of Vermont! Her proposal "Examining the Role of Regional Food Networks (RFN's) and Their Relationships to Long-Term Resilience in the US Food System through the Linkages of People, Place, and Prosperity" has been awarded funding under the NERA Planning Grant Program.
Community, Local and Regional Food Systems Community of Practice Launches
November 6, 2012
The goal of this newest eXtension CoP, supported in part by The Northeast Center, is to provide resource materials, training opportunities and peer interaction for Extension Educators, community-based practitioners and individuals involved in work related to building sustainable and equitable food systems. We look forward to collaborating with you to build a strong, effective and useful community, and to creating tools, materials and processes that enhance the work we all do daily to build sustainable and just food systems.
Center Staff Transitions
November 6, 2012
As the Center's Director, I regret having to report that Pamela A. Hearn will be transitioning into retirement effective June 30, 2012. We look forward to welcoming our new Administrative Support Assistant, Kathleen (Katey) Burke, to the Center.
WRDC Releases Publication on Food Hubs
November 6, 2012
The May 2012 RuralConnections publication from the Western Rural Development Center contains a collection of papers on local and regional foods hubs along with their impacts on local economies. The publication is available at ...
Economic Power of Self-Employment Felt in Rural Counties
November 6, 2012
A new Center study finds that people in rural counties who work for themselves may add a boost to local economies, improving income and job growth county-wide: The share of self-employed workers in non-metro counties significantly predicts personal income and job growth, as well as reductions in family poverty levels. Co-authored with Dr. Anil Rupasingha, research economist and policy advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta, the study appears in Papers in Regional Science.
Stronger Economies Together Initiative Wins NACDEP Award
November 6, 2012
The RRDC's Stronger Economies Together (SET) program, funded by USDA Rural Development, received regional and national recognition at the 2012 National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) conference recently held in Park City, Utah.
NACDEP Meeting Held
November 6, 2012
The resoundingly successful Annual NACDEP Conference was held in Park City, Utah, from May 20-23, 2012. Congratulations to Kelly Nix of West Virginia University, who is the new Northeast representative to NACDEP. By all accounts the meeting generated many new ideas and exchanges among the participants, and numerous informative presentations were made in parallel sessions organized by natural, human, financial, social and cultural, built and political capital. A dozen educators from around the Northeast attended the regional break-out session.
NERCRD Helps to Launch New eXtension COP
November 6, 2012
The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development collaborated in a successful $50,000 application to launch a new Community, Local and Regional Food Systems Community of Practice.
RRDCs Selected to Lead New National Rural Policy Research Center
November 6, 2012
The nation's four Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs) were recently chosen by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture/United States Department of Agriculture to establish the National Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Center (or NARDeP). NARDeP is funded through NIFA's competitive grants program at a level of $768,000 over 24 months, and it will provide policy makers with timely and unbiased information on a variety of topics, including rural families, households, and economies; farm and agricultural sectors; consumers, food, and nutrition; and environment.
Center For Rural PA Report Explores Shale Gas Drilling Impact on Water Quality
November 6, 2012
What is the water quality in private water wells in rural Pennsylvania before and after the drilling of nearby Marcellus Shale gas well? Read the research.
Kauffman Fdn Report Examines Inc 500 Firm Locations
November 6, 2012
A high number of fast-growing firms are concentrated in unexpected regions and industrial sectors. Read the full report.
OECD Study Makes Case for Supporting All Regions in a Country
November 6, 2012
A new OECD report provides analysis showing how less developed regions can be potentially important sources of growth. Read why the government should be concerned.
Stephan Goetz gives Presentation at National Ag. Experiment Station Directors Meeting
November 6, 2012
Dr. Stephan Goetz of NERCRD gave a talk entitled" The Scale and Diversity of the Northeast Food Distribution System" at the ESS/SAES/ARD national meeting on September 25, 2012.
Stephan Goetz gives Presentation at Workforce Development Conference
November 6, 2012
Dr. Stephan Goetz of NERCRD gave a talk entitled "Promoting Self-employment and Entrepreneurship as Workforce Development Strategies" at The Future of Workforce Development: Where Research Meets Practice Conference, September 19-20, 2012.
Working Solo: Trends in the Growing Self-Employment Sector
November 6, 2012
As a way of diversifying local economies, many communities have adopted economic development strategies that support businesses of local residents. In a paper coauthored with Atlanta Fed economist Anil Rupasingha, Dr. Goetz discusses the growing impact of self-employment and its variation in urban, suburban, and rural contexts.