As the world sees the biggest wave of urban growth in history – with almost 70% of its population expected to be living in urban areas by 2050, up from 56% today – the task of making cities greener and safer is becoming more urgent. That cities are attracting more people is nothing new noted urban specialist Philipp Rode, who runs London-based research centre LSE Cities. “People move to cities to live and work because they’re a solution: they significantly reduce the amount of movement and space required to do anything,” he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. From space shortages to worsening climate change, cities are being forced to adapt at a pace never experienced before. How far can they push their limits and make sure they leave no one behind? Follow this link to learn more
Today 55% of the world’s population live in cities and towns and the number is growing every day. Every October UN-Habitat and partners organize a month of activities, events, and discussions on urban sustainability. 2018 was the most successful Urban October on record with a total of 61 countries and 107 cities marking World Habitat Day and World Cities Day, and hosting events to celebrate Urban October. Urbanization presents some of the most significant opportunities and challenges in the world today. Cities are centers for economic growth and development but also face demographic, environmental, economic, and social challenges. Follow this link to learn more about Urban October.
The U.S. Census Bureau released its most detailed look at America’s people, places, and economy. New state and local statistics on income, poverty, and health insurance are available in briefs, detailed tables, data profiles, and more. The American Community Survey (ACS) also produces statistics for more than 40 other topics. “Each completed survey is important because it is a building block used to create statistics about communities in America,” said Census Bureau American Community Survey Office Chief Donna Daily. “This information provides an important tool for communities to make data-driven decisions, assess the past, and plan for the future.” Follow this link to learn more.
The Fisher Leadership Initiative Research Grant and Academic Conference is an opportunity for faculty, staff, and students at The Ohio State University to generate new knowledge within the study of leadership and share practical, evidence-based solutions to leadership problems. The program provides ground for cross-disciplinary collaborations and discussions around leadership, aiming to uncover leadership challenges and test practical solutions that benefit leaders and managers across all industries. Since its inception in 2018, the Research Grant program has awarded over $100,000 in funding to collaborative and cross-disciplinary leadership research projects at The Ohio State University. This program is open to proposals from units and colleges throughout Ohio State and across all disciplines. AllOhio State University faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. Follow this link to learn more.
The 2020 NUEL Caucus planning team held it’s first meeting on August 22, 2019. Below is a tentative summary of the meeting:
Caucus Tentative Dates: May 14 & 15 or May 18 & 19 depending on availability of facilities and lodging
Caucus Location: Madison, WI
The local team in Madison, WI will assist with logistics planning
Five leadership themes of resources, systemic equity/cultural competency, healthcare, program delivery in urban areas, and technology were identified
Caucus members will be asked for input on topics
Please help NUEL by submitting topics you would like to explore during the Caucus by completing this survey, available until October 5, 2019. Please share with your urban colleagues who might be interested in attending the Caucus. The results of the survey will be presented during their next Caucus meeting on October 28, 2019.
Join the Racial Equity in Food Systems Working Group Monday, September 16, 2019 from 3 – 4 p.m. EST, to learn about “Food Sovereignty and the Role of Extension.” This webinar will provide an introduction to sovereignty, looking at how and why this principle is used in different First Nations communities. Following this introduction, two partners (one from the community and one from Extension) will describe how they have worked together on food sovereignty projects. They will describe how the partnership developed and key elements of a partnership that promotes food sovereignty. There will be time in the webinar for questions, comments, and suggestions of related resources. Presenters include: Janie Simms Hipp, Jennifer K. Gauthier, and Brian Kowalkowski. Follow this link to register.
The National League of Cities Community and Economic Development (CED) Committee Fall Policy Meeting was hosted in Gaithersburg, Maryland near Washington, DC. Gaithersburg is one of Maryland’s largest and fastest growing municipalities, and consistently ranks as one of the five most culturally diverse cities in the United States. The proximity of Gaithersburg to Washington, DC gave the committee an opportunity to advocate on CED issues. Committee members traveled to the headquarters building of the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and participated in a roundtable discussion with HUD Secretary Ben Carson, HUD Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research Seth Appleton, HUD Deputy Chief of Staff Alfonso Costa, and representatives from the HUD offices of Community Planning and Development, and Intergovernmental Relations. Follow this link to learn more.
Each of the five regions within NUEL has three Steering Committee positions. People in these positions serve as an action team chair, regional caucus chair, or executive committee member. Expectations of Steering Committee members are to serve a 2-year term, participate in bi-monthly Zoom meetings, attend in-person meetings (2 per year), and to fulfill their role as chair/executive committee member. Marie Ruemenapp has served on the NUEL Steering Committee representing the North Central Region and began serving as the NUEL Chair in 2019. Marie’s two-year term, however, ends at the end of this year. In Seattle, during NUEL’s Caucus meeting, they decided to continue filling empty positions through an election process (with state director approval prior to self-nomination). If you are interested in becoming a NUEL Steering Committee member please forward a paragraph to Nicole Debose at email@example.com and Carrie Edgar at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, photo, current title, relevant background, and reason for wanting to serve on the committee no later than Friday, September 20, 2019.