A description of the two projects that were funded through the NERCRD Regional Collaboration of Successful CRD Extension Program Planning Grant (2015-2016)

A thumbnail view of the poster presented at NACDEP 2016 on the Center's small grants program.

Check out the poster presented at NACDEP highlighting some of the teams' accomplishments.

A full report describing the teams' activities will be released soon.

The proposals selected for funding are:

Sharing Scholarship and Innovations in the First Impressions Program

  • Doug Arbogast (West Virginia University)
  • Laura Brown (University of Connecticut)
  • Lisa Chase (University of Vermont)
  • Daniel Eades (West Virginia University)
  • Robin Frost (West Virginia University)
  • C. Andrew Northrop (Michigan State University)
  • Geoffrey Sewake (University of New Hampshire)

Have you ever wondered what people think about your community? How individuals present themselves has a powerful effect on future opinions. As the old saying goes, "you never get a second chance to make a first impression." For first time visitors, the way a community presents itself is of equal importance. The look and feel of the community experienced by a visitor will most likely influence how long they stay, if they will return, and whether or not they will speak about the community positively or negatively. The West Virginia University (WVU) Extension Service views the Community First Impressions Program as an important tool in the community development process. To date more than 60 communities have participated. Learn more about the program here.

Train-the-Trainer: Futures Workshops and Emergency Economic Impact Analysis

  • Florence Becot (University of Vermont)
  • Laura Brown (University of Connecticut)
  • Daniel Eades (West Virginia University)
  • Jane Kolodinsky (University of Vermont)
  • Neil Linscheid (University of Minnesota)
  • Geoffrey Sewake (University of New Hampshire)
  • Bill Shuffstall (Penn State)
  • Elizabeth Templin (University of Minnesota)
  • Brigid Tuck (University of Minnesota)
  • Walt Whitmer (Penn State)

Communities often need economic data for decision-making. Communities looking to attract or retain a business may want information on how that business/industry affects their local economy. Communities facing the sudden loss of a key employer may find information on the ripple effects of the loss helpful in decision-making and in seeking additional assistance.

University of Minnesota Extension has developed two successful programs to address these needs.

  • Futures Workshop: Go in-depth exploring how industries in your economy interact and the implications for other industries and households.
  • Emergency Economic Impact Analysis: Explore how a sudden economic change will affect your economy, industries, and households.

The Center had an outstanding review committee, and we are deeply grateful for the careful work they have done in evaluating the proposals. The review committee included:

  • Dr. Lionel J. Beaulieu, Director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development and Director of Extension Community Development, Purdue University (and former Director of the Southern Regional Development Center)
  • Dr. Cornelia Flora, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Iowa State University; Research Professor at Kansas State University (and former Director of the Northcentral Regional Development Center)
  • Dr. Paul Gottlieb, Department Chair, Associate Professor and Extension Specialists, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers
  • Erica Hildabridle, Emerging Center Scholar with the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development at Penn State University and MS student in Agricultural and Extension Education, Penn State.
  • Dr. Timothy Phipps, Associate Dean and Director, West Virginia Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, West Virginia University
  • Dr. Timothy Wojan, Regional Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA
  • Dr. George Morse, Special Project Advisor for the NERCRD, Extension Faculty Associate at the University of Maine, and Professor Emeritus, Applied Economics, University of Minnesota. Dr. Morse served as the project manager on this grant program.

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