Latest News

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.

Newsletter Subscriptions

Subscribe to or unsubscribe from NETWORK newsletter emails.

If you would prefer to receive a hard-copy of any or all of the articles from an issue of NETWORK, please contact the Center, 814-863-4656.

February 19, 2016

The National Community Resource and Economic Development (CRED) Indicators Working Group presented a webinar on February 2, 2016 that highlighted how a small CRED program in New Hampshire has been able to develop its evaluation capacity over time in spite of several challenges. If you missed the webinar, you can still access it online.

Elanor Starmer, USDA, delivered opening remarks for the event, which attracted more than 100 food systems practioners, researchers, and stakeholders.
February 16, 2016

On December 10-11, 2015, more than 100 people gathered for a conference in Greenbelt, MD, to mark the last phase of the Northeast Center-led transdisciplinary food systems project, Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast (EFSNE). Attendees learned about EFSNE project findings and engaged in conversation and collaboration with other food system researchers, practitioners, advocates, and funders.

Dr. Steven Turner (courtesy of Mississippi State U.)
February 16, 2016

A longtime department head at Mississippi State University has been named the new director of the Southern Rural Development Center. Steven Turner, who previously had served as head of the Mississippi State University Department of Agricultural Economics for 12 years, officially began as the center’s director on January 1. We look forward to future collaborations with Dr. Turner and SRDC staff.

February 15, 2016

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension invites applications for a Community & Economic Development Field Specialist based in Newport, New Hampshire.

February 2, 2016

There is growing interest in local food systems, but is local enough? Contextualizing “local” within a regional food system approach may enable us to make smarter decisions about transportation and infrastructure support, as well as the management of water and other natural resources. On February 9, food systems consultant Kate Clancy will explore these issues in a one-hour webinar sponsored by the Chesapeake Food Network.

January 6, 2016

Andy Wetherill, small farms educator at Delaware State University and a member of the NERCRD Technical Advisory Committee, was recognized by the Antigua and Barbuda Association of Philadelphia as their 2015 Citizen of the Year. In addition to his service to the Antiguan and Barbudan community of the greater Philadelphia area, Wetherill was selected for his contributions to science education and agriculture in the US and the Caribbean. Wetherill received the award at the Association's Annual Gala, held in Philadelphia on October 31, 2015.

January 3, 2016

Mark your calendars for the 2016 annual meeting of the Northeast Agricultural and Resource Economics Association (NAREA), scheduled for June 19-22. Meeting events will take place in Bar Harbor, Maine.

January 2, 2016

We're finding it easier than ever to share news, opportunities, and the great work of our partners via Facebook. In case you haven't "liked" us yet, here are some items we've shared recently that you may have missed.

Credit: PT Money ( via Flickr
October 29, 2015

Communities with more self-employed workers can better withstand economic shifts caused by imports than communities that have fewer self-employed people, according to Penn State economists.

October 27, 2015

The National Community Resource and Economic Development (CRD) Indicators Working Group announces its first webinar in a series to expand measurement of CRD impacts.

October 27, 2015

"Sharing Scholarship and Innovations in the First Impressions Program" is the topic of one of the projects that received funding this year from the Northeast Center's small grants program. As part of the project team's plan of work, they have recorded several webinars that explore the First Impressions community assessment and improvement program. Four webinars from the series have been added to the Northeast Center website.

L-R: Timothy Phipps, Timothy Wojan, Sarah Halstead, Paul Gottlieb, George Morse, James McConnon, Charlie French, Stephan Goetz, Sabine O'Hara, Gary Thompson, Andy Wetherill, and Brent Elrod. In attandance but not pictured: Steve Bonanno, Dyremple Marsh.*
October 26, 2015

Members of the Northeast Center's Board of Directors (BOD) and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met in Washington, DC on October 22-23 to discuss the Center's progress towards its goals and to provide input to its 2016 plan of work.

Mark Skidmore
October 26, 2015

On behalf of Dr. Ray Hammerschmidt, Director, Michigan State University Extension we are delighted to announce that Dr. Mark Skidmore has been named director of the North Central Region Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD). He will take over the duties from Dr. Scott Loveridge effective January 1, 2016. We look forward to him continuing the NCRCRD’s work with Extension professionals, researchers and their partners to enhance rural development outcomes in the 12-state north central region (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin).

Image: University of Connecticut Extension
October 26, 2015

Jiff Martin, the Sustainable Food System Associate Educator for University of Connecticut Extension, was one of 12 individuals from across the country recognized by the White House as a "Champion of Change in Sustainable and Climate Smart Agriculture." These individuals were selected by the White House for their achievements and were honored for exemplary leadership and innovation in agricultural production and education.

October 25, 2015

Kathleen Liang, UVM Professor in Community Development Applied Economics, was named National Entrepreneur Educator of the Year by the Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ASBE). Liang received the award in September for designing, developing, and implementing the first entrepreneurship curriculum within an agriculture and life sciences program in the U.S. and also for her creation of the Dollar Enterprise program, considered one of most innovative service-learning and experiential-learning courses in the nation. Congratulations, Kathleen!

Image: Farm Credit East
October 25, 2015

"Northeast Economic Engine: Agriculture, Forest Products and Commercial Fishing" is a report recently issued by Farm Credit East and based on 2012 data generated from an independent study completed by Dr. Rigoberto Lopez, Nataliya Plesha and Benjamin Campbell from the University of Connecticut. The purpose of the report is to illustrate the importance of agriculture and related industries to the Northeast economy.

October 25, 2015

As part of its new strategy unveiled earlier this month — which focuses on issues, innovation, and impact — eXtension is launching an "i-Three Issue Corps," in which 200 eXtension professionals will work together to make short-term measurable impact on important issues. The first i-Three Issue Corps will focus on climate and food systems, and nominations are now being accepted for individuals whose plans of work include these issues. Nominations can be for individuals or teams. The nomination deadline is November 6, 2015.

October 24, 2015

West Virginia University Extension Service is searching for a dynamic Community Economic and Workforce Development (CEWD) leader to be the state program leader for Community Development and program unit director for (CWED). CEWD is a diverse unit that includes four program areas: Community Resource and Economic Development (CRED); Safety and Health Extension (SHE); Institute for Labor Studies Research (ILSR); and Fire Service, which provides training for paid and volunteer firefighters. Applications will be accepted through the WVU Jobs website, and screening begins on January 1, 2016.

October 13, 2015

If you receive our newsletter, you know we try to keep you apprised of what's going on the region, whether we're announcing funding and training opportunities or celebrating the successes of our partners. But the newsletter rolls around only every two months. Facebook, on the other hand, provides us the chance to keep in touch with you every day. If you haven't already, please check out our Facebook page, and if you like what you see...well, you know what to do.

August 28, 2015

NARDeP (National Agriculture and Rural Development Policy Center) seeks proposals for a book chapter and policy brief describing research and/or outreach programs that address problems associated with housing and economic development in rural areas of the United States.