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The growth of artificial intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies (ET) is poised to reshape the workforce. While the exact impact of AI and ET is unclear, experts expect that many jobs currently performed by humans will be performed by robots in the near future, and at the same time, new jobs will be created as technology advances. Follow this link to read more about  workforce development. Sourced from Brookings
eXtension has released two eFieldbooks for the Impact Collaborative Summit. An eFieldbook is a “go-to” interactive, multi-dimension communication resource for Extension professionals and project/program teams to begin discussion, help establish processes, and assist with the delivery of new programs. Extension professionals can take the eFieldbook in the field with them on their iOS compatible devices, upload and share information with others, and help pull the best resources together into one place from across the nation. Sourced from eXtension
Far from being an “urban only” issue, both urban and rural communities in Minnesota struggle to achieve racial equity and immigrant integration. Two efforts within the state are working to spread the facts about these shared challenges, create opportunities to tackle them together and address the urban-rural divide as a crucial step in promoting racial and immigrant inclusiveness. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from CitiesSpeak
From Alabama to Wisconsin, the American “Heartland” is doing better than is often portrayed. A new, interactive factbook—co-produced by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and the Walton Family Foundation—displays important indicators of economic performance in these 19 mostly central states. Follow this link to read/download the complete report. Sourced from Brookings
The 2018 National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA) and Cooperative Extension Section (CES) Business Meeting took place the first week of October in Portland Oregon. The group met to conduct business, contribute to national dialogue, and expand knowledge in their leadership roles at national, state, and local levels. An agenda topic featured urban Extension. Resources of interest from the meeting include:
Join colleagues from across the country at the National Urban Extension Leaders biannual network meeting in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Meet to discuss the Urban Extension Implementation Plan as the group explores urban Extension efforts through regional caucuses and action team work. The meeting will be held December 3-5 at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel. Meeting registration is $195 and hotel rooms are $149/night. Follow this link to register for the meeting. Sheraton Raleigh Hotel - 919-834-9900
Washington State University (WSU) is redefining how Extension works in urban areas. Its Metropolitan Center for Applied Research and Extension (Metro Center) engages nontraditional Extension audiences using an innovative business model that focuses on short-term projects instead of long-term programs. Outcome-driven, client-centered, and solution-oriented, the Metro Center works to develop practical, place-based solutions by being a conduit between metropolitan decision makers and WSU faculty expertise across the state. Follow this link to read the complete article as published in the Journal of Extension. Sourced from the Journal of Extension (JOE)
Some neighborhoods lift children out of poverty. Others trap them there. Using anonymous data following 20 million Americans from childhood to their mid-30s, the Opportunity Atlas is an interactive data tool that shows just how vastly different the future economic prospects of a child can look from one neighborhood to the next. See how your community compares, and what you can do to create healthier, upwardly mobile, and more equitable policies. Sourced from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
More than a half-century ago, the city of Akron, Ohio, built a highway called the Innerbelt into its downtown. Like a lot of freeways created during that era, it destroyed some neighborhoods while cutting off others from the center of the city. This unused freeway has become a pop-up forest and makes it easy to envision turning practically any area into green space. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Governing
Webinar: Youth-Adult Partnerships - Cultivating Agency in Youth and Adults Youth are key players in leading community change in collaboration with adults and together they can achieve greater results. Learn how the power of positive youth-adult partnerships facilitate innovative ideas and synergy between teens and adults to create community health improvement. Date: October 23, 2018,  2:30-3:30 p.m. EDT Register here: Continue the conversation! Join us from 3:30-4 p.m. EDT immediately following the webinar for a facilitated discussion. This is an opportunity to do a deeper dive on the topic of Youth-Adult Partnerships. This presentation is by Fe Moncloa (University of California) and is part of the WCMER sub-contract work supporting the Well Connected Communities project between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Cooperative Extension Service.