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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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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.

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.

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.

November 6, 2012

Northeast Center & Partners Receive $5million Global Food Security Grant*

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

November 6, 2012

A listing of all the presentation titles and authors.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

November 6, 2012

A high number of fast-growing firms are concentrated in unexpected regions and industrial sectors. Read the full report.

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.

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.

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.

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.