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It is that time of year again! Time to think about bettering yourself through OSU Extension's online course "Leadership in the City." If you are debating signing up, ask yourself these questions:
  • Are you interested in Extension in urban areas?
  • Are you ready to improve your knowledge, skills, and results?
  • Do you want to expand your support network?
By participating in the Leadership in the City online course, you will have the opportunity to further your development as a professional, discover yourself as a leader, gain networking opportunities, and learn about innovation and management techniques. This online program will prepare you as an Extension professional to be relevant locally, responsive statewide, and recognized nationally. The program was developed based on a foundation of entrepreneurial theory and urban Extension practice and will build upon existing leadership experiences, management training, and Extension professional development. You will learn from experienced leaders; apply what you learn in your city, region, or state; engage in critical thinking and creative problem solving; and participate in online collaborative learning. Each competency-based module incorporates interactive digital delivery and the flipped classroom model for active learning and engagement. Through this course, you will meet peers from across the country and develop a plan and portfolio of resources to improve your leadership ability and community conditions. This course is led by Dr. Julie Fox from Ohio State University Extension The registration deadline is July 19, 2019, and the course starts August 2. Registration is $500. An OSU Extension employee can take advantage of a $100 discount by using the code LITC19-OSU at the time of registration. Follow this link for more information about Leadership in the City.
In terms of country groupings, in relative terms, extreme poverty is expected to decline in the period 2015-30 in economies with low, middle, and high rates of per capita output growth. However, in low-output growth economies, the absolute number of poor is expected to increase. The model simulations also predict that high-output growth economies—countries with steady growth rates above 4 percent—will reach poverty rates below a 3 percent level before 2030. Noticeably, the simulations display a low degree of uncertainty around the expected poverty rates in these high-output growth countries. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Brookings
Based from her experience at the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Association’s People & Places 2019 conference, Miriam Axel-Lute discusses her experience participating in a workshop where the audience was instructed to perform a theater exercise from Theater of the Oppressed. Miriam's group chose to demonstrate a situation in which social work students from a large university would repeatedly show up in surrounding low-income neighborhoods for a semester or two, do their projects, and disappear. During the performance, participants were asked to try to shape their orientations, distances, postures, and attitudes to represent the problem, not only visually, but in an embodied way. Follow this link to read more Sourced from: Shelterforce 
Municipal governments have an important relationship with the census — both as consumers of the data it gathers and as partners in ensuring the complete and accurate count of our cities. Data produced by the census are critical to our democratic system and improves our ability to function as one of the world’s largest countries and economies. But the census only occurs every 10 years, making it difficult to remember important information and pass knowledge on to new and incoming leaders. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: Cities Speak
In 2015, Grand Rapids was home to about 40,000 African-Americans, who made up between 20 percent and 21 percent of the population. That same year, Forbes magazine listed Grand Rapids, Michigan as one of the worst places for African-Americans economically in the United States. But after the Michigan Department of Civil Rights released a report on the economic impacts of racial disparities in the city, Grand Rapids launched a citywide effort to improve racial equity and identify systemic barriers that exclude residents of color. Follow this link to read more. Soured from: Cities Speak
In the previous century, America’s legacy cities experienced massive population growth, becoming centers of innovation known around the world. This status was then followed by rapid population decline, as a result of a shifting global economy. But even as many American communities struggled to adjust to the changing economic winds, many remain and have become centers of innovation and growth. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Cities Speak 
As the role of housing as a determinant of success in life — affecting health, access to education, and the opportunity for upward mobility — becomes better understood, cities face the daunting task of eliminating the affordable-and-healthy housing shortfall. This resource explores the factors that contribute to affordable housing and health, including examples of successful strategies used by cities to generate and preserve healthy and affordable housing. Follow this link to access the resource guide. Sourced from: National League of Cities
As a means of ending hunger and providing healthy food to all its citizens, the city of Atlanta is creating the largest public food forest in the United States. According to a new piece of legislation that was passed, the food park will be located on 7 acres of vacant forested land near Lakewood Heights. The ordinance states that the city plans to “transform these formerly vacant properties into a public park with edible trees, shrubs, vines, and groundcover” with “public gathering spaces, walking trails, community garden beds, and a restored forest and stream-side areas.” Completion of the Urban Food Forest will pave the way toward the city’s goal of ensuring that 85% of their population will be within a half-mile of fresh food by 2021. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Good News Network