Researchers to devise new, innovative strategies to manage Philadelphia’s soils

March 24, 2022

Members of the CECD team are collaborating with soil scientists and communities in Philadelphia to develop an engaged approach to managing urban soils for safe and healthy urban agriculture.

Virginia Tech Highlight: Reimagine how people do their work

March 21, 2022

For Dr. Kim Niewolny of Virginia Tech’s Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation, socially and spatially just agricultural systems are born through processes of crossing geographical “divides.”

Penn State Extension Highlight: Everything is community driven

March 21, 2022

Suzanne Weltman, an educator with Penn State Extension’s Food, Families, and Health unit, sees her role in this complex city system as a facilitator, linking communities to resources that they may not otherwise know about or have access to.

Food for thought... resilience and social/spatial justice

March 21, 2022

This brief article considers the concept of resilience through a social justice lens, asking how and whether resilience promotes socially and spatially just communities and societies that can equitably and effectively serve all people.

Recording available: "More Than Just the Numbers! Data Engagement Tools for Local and Regional Leaders”

January 19, 2022

Hear about several data tools developed to help you engage with your local and regional population, quality of life, economic, and agricultural information.

Pa. pre-COVID jobs picture marked by resilience, industry-specific gains, losses

January 7, 2022

Pennsylvania's labor economy showed resilience throughout the first two decades of the 21st century, with overall modest employment growth and relatively low joblessness by the end of 2019. But certain industry sectors and regions of the state continued along a trend line of job loss in the run-up to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to economists in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

Join us! Spring 2022 "Stories from the Field" Conversations

January 4, 2022

The Center for Economic and Community Development invites you to join us for the Spring 2022 “Stories from the Field” conversation series. Join us to hear from and talk with speakers Allyson Muth, Walt Whitmer, and Janelle Larson about their community engagement and applied research.

Penn State Extension Highlight: Urban Watersheds, "You have to show up”

October 20, 2021

Penn State Extension's Master Watershed Steward program works with resident volunteers in rural and urban communities across Pennsylvania to effectively manage watersheds, addressing issues such as stormwater overflow and different sources of pollution.

MSU Extension Highlight: Agriculture in the City, it's not brand new

October 20, 2021

Improved access to nutritious food is one important outcome of urban agriculture; however, working collectively also has important social and economic implications.

Food for thought... what is urban resilience anyway?

October 20, 2021

Welcome to the first issue of the The Urban Resilience Report, a publication of the Center for Economic and Community Development and the Urban Resilience Working Group at Penn State. This report was born of the desire to create a platform to discuss and better understand urban community resilience.

Recording: Rural Community Action Assembly: Equitable Entrepreneurial Ecosystems, Tourism, and Seasonality

July 15, 2021

This assembly was an examination of the role that equity plays in sustaining entrepreneurial ecosystems, tourism, and revitalization.

Recording: Rural Community Action Assembly: Community Foundations, CDFIs, and Regional Revitalization

June 30, 2021

This assembly examined community capital ecosystems for regional revitalization, with an emphasis on the impact of partnerships between philanthropy, mission-based lenders, and local leaders on quality of life, job and population growth, and attracting external capital to a region.

Recording: Rural Community Action Assembly: Health-Care Workforce Pipelines, Apprenticeships, and Community Health Worker Models

May 20, 2021

This assembly examined rural workforce demand and supply, talent recruitment, a medical assistant apprenticeship model in Washington state, and community health worker models.

CECD's Cristy Schmidt named CCAP fellow

February 18, 2021

Cristy Schmidt, an applied research Extension educator with the CECD, will work with the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) to find opportunities for collaboration. She will focus on areas of secondary data and policy analysis related to county resilience, public finance and broadband expansion, among others.

Recording: Rural Community Action Assembly: Outdoor and Small-Town Tourism, Entrepreneurship, and Economic Development

November 19, 2020

This assembly examined the roles that peer learning networks, intermediaries, and community development finance institutions play in leveraging regional and local tourism for small business development and an equitable rural recovery.

Recording: Rural Community Action Assembly: Place-Based Partnerships for Capital and Regional Investment Strategies

October 15, 2020

This assembly featured an in-depth discussion of cross-sector collaborations among community foundations, community banks, hospitals and health systems, and colleges and universities focused on leveraging local assets to make investments into small businesses, broadband infrastructure, and other economic development projects.

Recording: Rural Community Action Assembly: COVID-19 and Its Implications for Workforce Investments and Employers in Rural Communities

September 24, 2020

This assembly explores the job training needs in the state's rural communities and how job training can be an investment in an equitable recovery.