In a news release, Berkeley, California-based UrbanFootprint announced that its suite of analytics now includes the “Conservation Module,” which they designed in collaboration with the Nature Conservancy, a global organization dedicated to preserving natural resources. The Conservation Module is built to help planners, analysts, and advocates quickly understand the impacts of proposed plans and policies across four key themes: water resources, habitat impacts, agriculture, and carbon sequestration and storage. Follow this link to learn more about the Conservation Module.
The past several months have provided new opportunities for Cooperative Extension professionals to come together to help understand racial equity issues within their own organization as well as include racial equity into programs they conduct within communities. This webinar will highlight several tools, strategies, and takeaways from a panel that participated in the “Coming Together for Racial Understanding” week-long workshop in August 2018; this national workshop had Cooperative Extension participant teams from 20 states. There will also be an opportunity to learn about the work of eXtension Foundation’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion fellow and a new fieldbook resource.
The webinar will take place on December 13, 2018, 2-3:30 p.m. EST
The newly formed Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU) Commission on Economic and Community Engagement (CECE) provides opportunities for collaboration between Cooperative Extension and CECE member institutions, both land-grant and public. On December 7, 2018, Sheila Martin, Vice President for Economic Development and Community Engagement, met online with over 20 Extension Directors and Administrators. ECOP Executive Committee member Scott Reed of Oregon State University moderated a discussion of Extension leaders discussing their engagement experiences, unique to each institution.
The United States Census Bureau announced the release of the 2013-17 American Community Survey (ACS) five-year estimates, which features more than 40 social, economic, housing, and demographic topics. These topics include: home-ownership rates and costs, health insurance, and educational attainment. The ACS five-year data release produces statistics for all of the nation’s 3,142 counties. Follow this link to read more.
MetroLab Network and Smart Cities Lab are designing a research and action competition in the smart and connected communities domain with support from the National Science Foundation. The first phase of the Civic Innovation Challenge is the Ideas Competition, which asks you — researchers, government employees, nonprofits, residents — to identify challenges and priorities in your cities and communities that can benefit from technical exploration, scientific discovery, and new approaches.
Informational webinars will be held on December 7, December 20, January 8, and January 15.
Submissions for Idea Competition are due January 31, 2019
Ohio State and multiple community partners have come together to build a garden and community space on previously vacant land in Lima, Ohio. The South Jackson Community Garden Project grew out of an OSU Connect and Collaborate Grant to reuse vacant land within the city to design and build a model urban garden and community space for food and health-related entrepreneurial activities. Follow this link to read more.
The 2018 midterm elections affirmed that the deep geographic divides within the United States are here to stay. There are real economic challenges confronting small towns, many of which struggle to add jobs and retain population in today’s knowledge-driven economy. But it would be a mistake to enact policy solutions to save rural America at the expense of cities. Follow this link to read more about why cities matter to rural communities.
The U.S. is currently experiencing its longest stretch of continuous monthly job creation and the lowest unemployment rate (3.7 percent) in 50 years. A tight labor market often improves job prospects for typically hard-to-employ groups with fewer skills and less experience, including teens. However, as of October 2018, the U.S. unemployment rate for teens remained high at 11.9 percent – more than three times the overall rate. As of August 2018, 37.1 percent of teens were participating in the labor market, far below the historical peak of 59.3 percent in August 1978. Follow this link to read more.