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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.

August 25, 2016

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program aims to increase awareness and understanding of USDA's SBIR grant program by providing informational and training webinars for Cooperative Extension and other agency personnel to successfully guide SBIR applicants through the proposal writing and submission process. The first webinar was recorded and is archived online. The next webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, August 30, 2016, and will focus on the theme of idea development.

Woman and child using binoculars in natural area. Credit: Hagerty Ryan, USFWS
August 25, 2016

We are collecting success stories that highlight emerging and best practices in recreation economy for use in a forthcoming resource guide. Do you have experience in this area? We'd love to hear from you!

The cover of the Impact Indicators Tips Booklet. Links to a printer-friendly PDF.
August 24, 2016

In case you missed the announcement in our June newsletter, here's a reminder that the "Impact Indicators Tips Booklet" is now available on the Northeast Center website. Written by George Morse, Charles French, and Scott Chazdon, the 40-page booklet explores practical and credible methods for using the "but for" rule to document Extension Community Development Impacts.

August 23, 2016

With funding from the Northeast Regional Center's small grants program, several Extension staff in the region learned from colleagues at West Virginia University Extension about how to implement the First Impressions program in their respective states. Casey Hancock (University of New Hampshire Extension) blogged about what she learned and how she and her colleagues are incorporating technology into their own implementation of the program. Read all about it at the UNH Extension blog.

NACDEP honored several Community Development Extension professionals during its 2016 annual meeting. To download the program, visit
August 22, 2016

Several of our regional colleagues were recently honored by the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP). Please join us in congratulating them!