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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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April 5, 2013

We are happy to announce that the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development has a new website with the most up-to-date information available. Please check out our new site at http://aese.psu.edu/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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ...

People in rural counties who work for themselves may add a boost to local economies, improving income and job growth, according to economists.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

November 6, 2012

Publication. Rural people and communities continue to play important social, economic and environmental roles at a time in which societies are rapidly urbanizing, and the identities of local places are increasingly subsumed by flows of people, information and economic activity across global spaces.

November 6, 2012

The authors argue that achieving sustainable agricultural systems will require transformative changes in markets, policies, and science, rather than just incremental changes in farming practices and technology. Former Northcentral RRDC director, Dr. Cornelia B. Flora, is coauthor of the article. Science, Policy Forum, Volume 332, 670-1, May 6, 2011.

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.