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Learn about the "Challenges and Opportunities for Economic Development in Ohio" during the Spring 2019 Outlook and Policy Conference, May 8, 8:30 a.m  to 1 p.m. at the Fawcett Center. You'll hear from keynote speaker Mark Partridge, who is the C. William Swank Chair of Rural-Urban Policy at The Ohio State University and a Professor in the AED Economics Department. He is also an economic consultant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Adjunct Professor at Jinan University, Guangzhou China; and Gran Sasso Science Institute, L’Aquila, Italy. Follow this link for the event flyer. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: CFAES
The National Urban Extension Conference on “Innovation in the City: A Land Grant University Experience,” will provide opportunities for Extension professionals from all program areas to share their research and innovative educational strategies that address the needs of urban, suburban, and peri-urban populations as well as urban-rural interdependencies. The goal is to bring together a diverse group of attendees, focused on partnerships and innovation. To foster this diversity and inclusion, this year NUEC is providing three registration scholarships. The scholarships will be awarded to individuals, one from each of the following categories: A Cooperative Extension System employee who is a first-time attendee of the National Urban Extension Conference, a Land Grant University Champion, and a Land Grant University “Partner.”  Follow this link for the scholarship application. Sourced from: NUEC
Since the new Congress was sworn in on January 3 and the midterm elections in November, interest in the U.S. Census Bureau’s My Congressional District (My CD) tool has remained high. My Congressional District gives you quick and easy access to selected statistics collected by the U.S. Census Bureau through the American Community Survey (ACS) and County Business Patterns (CBP). The ACS provides detailed demographic, social, economic, and housing statistics every year for the nation's communities. CBP provides annual statistics for businesses with paid employees at a detailed geography and industry level. My Congressional District is powered by ACS and CBP data through the Census Application Programming Interface. Follow this link to explore the My Congressional District Data Tool. Sourced from: United States Census Bureau
Join Lucas County Extension and learn creative solutions to continue working in your urban garden or small farm with a disability, chronic pain, or other limitations. The presenter will be Laura Akgerman, Disability Services Coordinator with the Ohio State University Ohio AgrAbility. The program is free for all participants, but registration is required to supply adequate materials. The presentation will be held at the Conference Center at Toledo Botanical Garden on April 10, 2019 from 12-1:30 p.m. Follow this link for the event flyer. Follow this link for registration information. Sourced from: Lucas County Extension
A group of Bhutanese refugees in South Philly cultivate a garden of Thai roselle.

The Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild recently reported an “overwhelming demand” for beginner classes for beekeeping. And in Grays Ferry, seniors and youth tend an 80-year-old community garden. Those are just a few examples of Philadelphia’s thriving urban farm and garden culture, featuring projects often started by African American residents, immigrants, and refugees. It’s a trend officials approve of and want to encourage. But many plots are on vacant land that owners might not have given permission to use, might be owned by the city, or might even be full of contaminated soil, a legacy of past industry. Follow this link to learn about Philadelphia's community engagement. Sourced from: Daily News
America has grown increasingly unequal, with deepening fissures across and within cities by income, education, and race. And those divides are reflected in our access to parks and green space. That’s the big takeaway of a study conducted by a team of researchers at the University of British Columbia and published earlier this year in the journal of Landscape and Urban Planning. The study takes a deep dive into how access to parks and green space varies by class, education, race, and other key variables. The researchers examine 10 U.S. metro areas: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Seattle, Phoenix, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Portland, and St. Louis. And they zero in on three major types of green space: green areas (or mixed vegetation), trees (or woody vegetation), and parks. Follow this link to learn results from the study. Sourced from: City Lab  
“Smart cities are those who manage their resources efficiently. Traffic, public services, and disaster response should be operated intelligently in order to minimize costs, reduce carbon emissions, and increase performance.” - Eduardo Paes. The global buzz surrounding smart cities has been growing steadily louder over the past few years, and as we head into the 2020s, most cities strive for the label “smart city.” But what does that mean and where is this trend going? Follow this link learn about smart city developments, plans, and ongoing challenges. Sourced from: Government Technology 
Bees are startlingly intelligent creatures who form an essential part of the planet’s ecosystem, and now a new study shows they could help us understand urban pollution as well. A team from the Pacific Center for Isotopic and Geochemical Research (PCIGR) at the University of British Columbia has found an innovative way to measure the level of source of pollution in urban environments: by analyzing honey. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: Digital Trends
How healthy is your community? The Annual County Health Rankings, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation program, provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work, and play. The rankings provide a starting point for change in communities. Maximize your chances of success by choosing policies and programs that have been shown to work in real life and that are a good fit for your community. Follow this link to explore the 2019 Ohio Report. Sourced from: County Health Rankings
Two homes of the Buckeyes were recently honored for how they care for their trees. The Columbus campus of The Ohio State University and the Wooster campus of the university’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES) have each been named a Tree Campus USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation. The designation, given annually, goes to colleges and universities for their commitment to effective urban forest management—for doing the work to have healthy trees where it’s sometimes a challenge to grow them. Recipients have to meet five standards, including having a campus tree advisory committee and a campus tree care plan. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: CFAES