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March 2, 2017

Our Technical Advisory Committee Chair, Paul Gottlieb, brought to our attention a hot topic currently being debated by economists: whether economic development incentives designed to attract businesses are worth their costs to taxpayers.

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January 31, 2017

Farmers in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Vermont who participate in an upcoming survey will help researchers understand how health-insurance policy affects farmers’ decisions to invest, expand, and grow their enterprises. Potential participants will be notified by mail if they are among those selected for the survey in early February 2017.

The EFSNE team has held annual in-person meetings since 2011.
January 6, 2017

The Northeast Center's signature food system project, Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast (EFSNE), was recently granted a seventh-year no-cost extension by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Having achieved a number of objectives already, team members remain fully engaged as they collaborate on many concurrent writing projects.

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January 5, 2017

New research by the Northeast Center-led EFSNE project reveals how well the Northeast US is able to meet the feed and forage needs of the food animals raised in the region. The team's findings build on earlier work to provide a more complete picture of how self-reliant the region is in meeting its population’s demand for meat, dairy, and eggs.

January 5, 2017

Communities need the expertise of community development professionals now more than ever. Whether your expertise is in agriculture, natural resources, youth, family or economic development you will be asked to help guide a stakeholder group through a difficult decision making process. The Foundations of Practice course, Sustainable Communities, offers you the tools, skills and knowledge to be the trusted resource community groups need in the emerging dialogs around local foods, energy and natural resources. The online course, facilitated by University of Vermont's Mary Peabody, begins February 2, 2017.

January 4, 2017

A webinar series focusing on various aspects of placemaking is being offered by the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD). The next webinar, "Stakeholder Centered Community Marketing," will be presented by the University of Wisconsin's Kristin Runge on January 19, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. ET. For more information, including all the titles in the series and links to archived recordings, follow the link to the NCRCRD website.

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January 3, 2017

"Community-Centered Design: How to Empower Residents to Shape the Development of their Communities," is the topic of a webinar being offered by the Southern Rural Development Center on January 25th, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. ET. Community-centered design is a method that invites a community to imagine and build places that reflect what matters most to them – both as a community and as individuals.

January 2, 2017

The National Community and Economic Resource Development Indicators Team is hosting a webinar on February 6, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. ET, titled "Documenting Community Outcomes with Surveys: A how-to on designing questions and collecting data."

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January 2, 2017

The USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service today announced the availability of $27 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to strengthen market opportunities for local and regional food producers and businesses. Two webinars scheduled for February will introduce potential applicants to the grant programs, which include the Farmers Market Promotion Program, the Local Food Promotion Program, and the Federal-State Marketing Improvement Program.

January 2, 2017

The relationship between agrarian structure and agricultural productivity will be the subject of an international conference planned Feb. 2-3 in Washington, D.C. The conference—Farm Size and Productivity: A Global Look—is a collaboration of USDA's Economic Research Service and Farm Foundation, NFP. Researchers and economists from Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and the United States will discuss new research findings on agricultural development.

January 1, 2017

Presentation proposals are being accepted for the 2017 National Extension Tourism conference, which will take place in Princeton, NJ on August 8-10, 2017. This year’s theme, “Tourism in the 21st Century: Connecting Communities, Places, and People,” focuses on the important role that tourism plays in many aspects of communities, places, and people. The deadline for submitting presentation proposals is March 13, 2017.

January 1, 2017

What does the opioid epidemic have to do with the election? Why do some community planners go to great lengths to engage their citizenry? What can the maker movement do for manufacturing? These questions are among those answered in news stories we curate for you on our social media feeds. If you haven't followed the Northeast Center on social media yet, here is a sampling of what you're missing.

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack speaking at a podium. Image credit: Mike Houtz, College of Agricultural Sciences
October 30, 2016

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack hosted a White House Rural Forum at Penn State's University Park campus on Oct. 5. Northeast Center Director Stephan Goetz participated in the forum, which included panel and roundtable discussions on economic drivers in rural America, the future of agriculture, rural quality of life, regions in transition, and rural young leaders making a difference.

October 26, 2016

The Northeast Center is part of a research team that was recently awarded a grant to explore and document strategies and policies that local leaders can use to enhance the future economic prospects of coal-impacted communities throughout the Appalachian Region. The project, titled "Strengthening Economic Resilience in Appalachian Communities," is funded for nine months by a $149,998 POWER grant administered by the Appalachian Regional Commission. Downstream Strategies, based in Morgantown, WV, is leading the research, which will use the Center’s seminal county-level economic resilience measure, published in The Review of Regional Studies.

October 26, 2016

Members of the Northeast Center's Board of Directors (BOD) and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) met in Bedford, PA on October 13-14, 2016 to discuss the Center's progress towards its goals and to provide input to its 2017 plan of work. The meeting also gave the newest members of the BOD and TAC a chance to become acquainted with the Center’s work.

October 25, 2016

Rachel Welborn, project manager with the Southern Rural Development Center at Mississippi State University, describes the Stronger Economies Together program in this guest post on the USDA NIFA blog.

October 24, 2016

The Community Development Society (CDS) and the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) are requesting proposals for refereed presentations and posters relating to community development for their June 2017 joint conference. Submissions relating to the conference theme, “Big Skies: Bold Partnerships – Moving Mountains Together” are encouraged, but all submissions will be given full consideration.

October 22, 2016

Do local and regional food systems create rural wealth? Researchers at Cornell's Community and Regional Development Institute are developing a framework to help answer that question, and have issued a new research brief about the work.

October 7, 2016

Daniel Rossi, who served as the executive director of the Northeastern Regional Association of State Agricultural Experiment Station Directors for nine years, was inducted into the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Hall of Fame.