U.S. Mayors Call for Federal Government to Bolster Cities

National government urged to better channel infrastructure funding, increase affordable housing, and help businesses weather disasters. Follow this link for the complete story.

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Examining the Local Value of Economic Development Incentives

A new study analyzes unique data from four U.S. cities (Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Salt Lake, and San Diego), and provides a framework for local leaders to evolve their incentive policies through inclusive economic development practices. Follow this link to read more.

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Vulnerable Populations

The well-being of the United States depends upon the well-being of our children and youth. At present, populations of young people may be identified as vulnerable based on situational characteristics such as early parenthood, disconnection from school and work, homelessness, and involvement in the juvenile justice and foster care systems. Follow this link to a listing of resources.

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Gentrification: How We Can Preserve Our Communities While Ensuring Economic Development

From the National Urban League, this is For the Movement, a podcast that discusses persistent policy, social, and civil rights issues affecting communities of color. Gentrification: How We Can Preserve Our Communities While Ensuring Economic Development, has guests Urban League of Greater Washington CEO George Lambert and Dr. Derek Musgrove, who is an Associate Professor of Post-World War II U.S. History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and author of the book Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital. The co-hosts are Don Cravins, Senior Vice President of Policy and Executive Director of the Washington Bureau, and Kezmiché “Kim” Atterbury, Senior Director of Communications & External Affairs.

Follow this link to listen to the podcast on Spotify

Saving Men in the Heartland: The Case for Place-Based Employment Policies

The U.S. has seen a dramatic increase in the number of prime-age men not working. However, these jobless rates are more pronounced in some regions than others. Harvard’s Benjamin Austin, Edward Glaeser, and Lawrence Summers examine the trend and argue that a dollar spent fighting unemployment in Flint, Michigan will go farther than in Alexandria, Virginia. Follow this link to read the complete article.

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NIFA’s 2017 Annual Report Available Now

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) 2017 Annual Report: User Inspired Science Transforming Lives is available online. This year’s annual report highlights the transformative and exciting work by NIFA-funded partners in the areas of research, education, and extension. Read NIFA’s 2017 Annual Report to learn more about how the agency’s investments are moving it closer to its vision of catalyzing transformative discoveries, education, and engagement to address agricultural challenges. 

White Residents Have Better Access to City Services, Mayors Say in New Survey

Most mayors said people of color experienced worse treatment by police and the courts and had worse access to education, housing and health care. Follow this link to read the complete article.

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2018 Request for Applications (RFA) for the AgrAbility Competitive Grant Program

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has released the 2018 Request for Applications (RFA) for the AgrAbility competitive grant program.

Applications are due April, 30 2018.

To view Funding Opportunity Announcement: https://nifa.usda.gov/announcement/usdas-national-institute-food-and-agriculture-announces-support-farmers-disabilities

To view NIFA Funding Opportunity Page for AgrAbility: https://www.nifa.usda.gov/funding-opportunity/agrability-assistive-technology-program-farmers-disabilities

To view the AgrAbility grant opportunity in Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=301082

Institutions eligible to apply as leads are 1862 and 1890 Land-Grants. However, 1994 LGUs and Hispanic-serving institutions not LGUs are eligible to apply as co-leads/partners. The funding is for up to 4 years, at $180,000 per year. No indirect cost are allowed on any application.

NIFA will host a Webinar for interested applicants on March 15th (Thursday), 2018, at 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm EST.  The webinar will focus on general guidelines for the program and on the 2018 application process.

Webinar connection details:
Teleconference: 1-888-844-9904
Access Code: 48 96 371
Host Password:  804 85 77

USAID-Funded Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) Program

Farmer-to-Farmer Webinar on March 15 – Please join USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to receive information concerning university opportunities in the USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer (F2F) program on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 3:00 pm (eastern) at Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/854555187. F2F provides technical assistance from U.S. volunteers to farmers, farm groups, agribusinesses and other agriculture sector institutions in developing and transitional countries with the goal of promoting sustainable improvements in such areas as food security and agricultural processing, production, marketing, and youth development. Average length of assignments is three weeks and the program covers all international travel, in-country costs, visas, immunizations, health insurance, etc. Representatives from USAID and three of the organizations implementing the program (ACDI-VOCA, Winrock and CNFA) will discuss how programs are developed in host countries, what type of individuals they’re seeking, what it’s like to serve in the field, how to apply, and more. The F2F program is especially interested in attracting extension professionals who have both the technical knowledge and the requisite skills to transfer that expertise to others.

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The Homeless-Campus Concept Catches On

As homelessness rises nationwide, Las Vegas is taking a gamble on a new way of helping the homeless. But some say it’s money that could be better spent. Follow this link to read the complete article.

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