“Urban Village” Districts Borrow from Past to Shape the Future in Montgomery County

Springboro’s 62-acre city center is the latest place in the area to become a new “urban village.” Beginning on February 2, the area is to be redeveloped using standards established in meetings over the last four months and intended to make it once again a central place where people will come to shop, eat, walk, and gather for special events. The urban village concept also underlies plans to redevelop the former location of the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, as well as the Dayton Mall area and other projects around the region. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Dayton Daily News.

Strengthen Ohio by Strengthening Cities and Urban-Rural Connections: Summit on Extension in Ohio’s Urban Communities

Summit on Extension in Ohio’s Urban Communities:
“Strengthen Ohio by Strengthening Cities and Urban-Rural Connections” will be held at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus, Wednesday, January 29, 2020

To better understand and address:

  • Real-life context of Extension work in urban communities (scale, diversity, complexity, urban-rural interface);
  • Alignment with the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Framework and Integration with university, college, and other converging interests;
  • OSU Extension’s strategies to be relevant locally, responsive statewide, recognized nationally; and
  • Strengthen Ohio by strengthening cities and urban-rural connections.

Who Should Attend?
The event is open to everyone interested in how OSU Extension can better address Ohio’s urban influence and urban-rural interface.

Registration is $20 (includes morning refreshment and lunch). Please register by January 20. The registration fee will be waived if a short article and photo for the OSU Extension in the City blog are submitted to Michelle Gaston.6@osu.edu by February 20.

Follow this link for agenda.
Follow this link to register.

The Urban Engagement Team would also like to extend an invitation join them for dinner following OSU Sesquicentennial Think Beyond Summit, Urban Universities, Thriving Communities on January 28, 2020.

Avoiding a Rubber Apocalypse – TEDx

Natural rubber is a vital resource for any developed country and is used in over 40,000 commercial products. By 2020 the USA may suffer a supply shortfall of 1.5 million metric tons of imported natural rubber. While the use of synthetic rubber has surpassed natural rubber in quantity, there are particular properties and high-performance applications that make natural rubber irreplaceable by synthetic rubber. The Ohio State College of Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Sciences plant biologist Katrina Cornish spoke recently at TEDx about her work to establish natural rubber alternatives produced in the United States.
Follow this link to learn more.
Follow this link to watch the presentation.

Sourced from: CFAES

Baltimore and Lyft Partner to Bridge Urban Food Deserts

Many residents in Baltimore low-income areas suffer from inadequate access to healthy food options, but a new partnership between the city and rideshare company Lyft could soon change that dynamic. The city has formed a partnership with the ride-hailing company and community groups to launch a pilot project in Baltimore in two parts of the city known for having poor access to quality grocery stores — areas known as “food deserts.” The six-month pilots in South and West Baltimore will provide eight rides a month to area grocery stores for 200 qualifying residents until April 30, 2020. The rides can be accessed via the Lyft app and will cost a flat rate of $2.50 each. The goal is “to put the money back in the pocket of residents to go buy healthy food,” said Holly Freishtat, food policy director in Baltimore, which heads up the Baltimore Food Policy Initiative. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Government Technology

The Power of Place-Based Legacies in Advancing Reengagement with Community

The degree to which urban and metropolitan colleges and universities can have a positive impact on their respective communities is heavily influenced by the nature and extent of their connectedness to, and alignment with, civic need. Drawn from the experiences and outcomes of the College of Staten Island’s Legacy Trilogy initiative, a comprehensive educational and community engagement campaign exploring and leveraging the college’s Legacy of Institution, Legacy of Place, and Legacy of Mission, this article proposes that higher education institutions can increase connectedness and alignment with their surrounding metropolises by embracing their deep and intricate social and economic place-based histories. Engaging with legacy in this uniquely personal and purposeful way can not only give more meaningful shape and added dimension to institutional identity, it can also empower colleges and universities to become more impactful to the communities they serve. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Metropolitan Universities Journal


How Pittsburgh Made Progress Bridging the Opportunity Gap with Summer Programs

What began as a project of five cities in 2011 to research whether summer learning programs that offer a mix of academic instruction and enrichment opportunities can boost success in school quickly turned into a commitment to understand and improve the role that summer learning plays in closing the opportunity gap for students. One of the five cities selected to participate in the Wallace Foundation’s National Summer Learning Project was Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2011, the City of Pittsburgh had over 23 percent of its residents living at or below the poverty level, many of whom were low-income students attending Pittsburgh Public Schools. For some students, just attending school can be overwhelming, but layering on issues of hunger, homelessness, violence, and inequitable learning opportunities presents new challenges that low-income students are forced to overcome. Follow this link to learn more.

Sourced from: Cities Speak

Evaluating the Economic Impact of Local Food Systems

If every dollar or pound spent within the local economy has the potential to increase localized spending and support smaller-scale enterprise, does this mean that local food systems show similar impacts? This local multiplier effect is what Becca Jablonski, Dawn Thilmany McFadden, and their team of Agricultural Economists from across the U.S. set out to investigate. With the backing of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service, they developed the Local Food Systems Toolkit to evaluate the economic impact of local food systems policies, programming, and initiatives, with the hopes of making the evaluation of impacts more standardized and accessible to policymakers and funders. Follow this link to learn more.
Follow this link to access the toolkit.

Sourced from: Urban Food Futures

Professional Development Travel Scholarships Available to Attend the Urban Food Systems Symposium

Twenty-five travel grants of up to $500 each will be awarded to Urban Food Systems professionals including extension educators, state and federal agency workers, educators, and not-for-profit professionals serving the urban food system. This scholarship can be used towards lodging, registration, meals, airfare and mileage during the Urban Food Systems Symposium which is being held in Kansas City from June 3-6, 2020. Scholarship winners will also receive complimentary registration to the Pre-Symposium Workshop with Mark Winne.

Important Dates:
Application Open: October 15, 2019
Application Deadline: December 20, 2019
Recipients Announced: February 1, 2020


Current professionals working in Urban Food Systems or a related field
Successfully submitted statement of interest.
Criteria For Selecting Professional Travel Grant Awardees
The statement of interest should include: why you are interested in Urban Food Systems and how the symposium will help you develop your professional goals.

Follow this link to submit your statement of interest form.