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While preemption has grown as a tool for states, its impacts on the functions of cities, their residents and their businesses have gone largely unexamined … until now. The National League of Cities (NLC), supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is seeking to award three fellowships, of $6,000 each, to researchers who utilize a newly developed data set to study the impact of preemption on the health and well-being of cities and towns.  The Fellowship recipients will be expected to participate in the upcoming 2020 Urban Affairs Association (UAA) Conference to be held in Washington DC, April 2-4, 2019. The Deadline for Applications is November 22, 2019. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: Urban Affairs Association
The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced a new pair of administrative flexibilities that enable states to leverage modern technologies in their efforts to deliver Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits with improved customer service and integrity. “By utilizing modern technology, our state partners can continue to advance innovation in the administration of SNAP,” said Brandon Lipps, USDA’s Deputy Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services. “These flexibilities allow states to employ new solutions to run their programs in ways that are more effective, efficient, and accurate.” Follow link to learn more. Sourced from: Morning Ag Clips
In 2018, philanthropic initiative Schmidt Futures challenged U.S. communities anchored by public research universities to dream up ideas to bolster the middle class and move people out of poverty. After a nationwide search, Ohio State was selected as one of four universities to join the effort. What remains is a landscape of struggle — families working hard but still falling short of the storied American Dream. Through a collaboration with Schmidt Futures, Ohio State is leading a community-wide effort and seeking your best ideas to: Protect Households, Lift Communities, and Empower Employees. Ready to transform the lives of hard-working families? Submit your ideas by October 1, 2019. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: Alliance for the American Dream
The mission of Fresh Fest Cleveland is to celebrate the arts and urban agriculture, promote health and wellness, showcase fresh and local food, all while breaking down the barriers of this unified and fertile neighborhood and emphasizing cultural unity. Fresh Fest will be hosted on one of the largest and most popular urban farms in Cleveland - Rid-All Farm and Otter Park which occupy 26.5 acres of previously vacant and re-purposed land in Cleveland’s Kinsman neighborhood. The event will take place on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 12 - 9 p.m. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced From: Cuyahoga County Extension
Summer Sprout takes urban gardeners from rookies to green thumbsReplacing urban vacant lots with green spaces provides countless benefits for local neighborhoods, including increased access to fresh produce, crime reduction, deeper community engagement, increased property values, and even improved mental and physical health. The city of Cleveland has one of the country’s highest rates of vacant homes and lots, leaving many local residents hoping for more gardens to beautify public spaces. That’s where Summer Sprout, the city’s longstanding community gardening program, comes in. Launched in 1976, the program took off when the City of Cleveland partnered with the Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County, in 1977. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: Fresh Water Cleveland
The National League of Cities (NLC) launched Cities of Opportunity to strengthen city leader’s capacity to work in a more holistic way to address root causes of poor health. City leaders are uniquely positioned to advance cross-cutting approaches that address issues that affect the health of their residents and the vibrancy of their city. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, NLC recruited 12 cities in a competitive application process to pilot the initiative. Participating cities included: Atlanta; Birmingham, Alabama; Charlotte, North Carolina; East Point, Georgia; Fort Collins, Colorado; Grand Rapids, Michigan; Hopewell, Virginia; Huntington, West Virginia; Lansing, Michigan; New Orleans; Rancho Cucamonga, California; and Roanoke, Virginia. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: Cities Speak
When Asian longhorned beetles were first discovered in Worcester, Massachusetts in 2008, it came as a shock. “I knew our life was going to change,” said Patty Ruffini, then the United States Department of Agriculture’s State Plant Health Director for Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, in an interview for Worcester’s Telegram and Gazette. The beetles likely arrived in Worcester burrowed in wooden shipping pallets from Asia. They are voracious tree pests, and are particularly fond of maples. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from : Cities Speak
The plaza was too big. That was Victoria Mitchell’s thought two years ago as she surveyed a neighborhood in the city where she works as a planning manager and associate director of operations. A few years earlier, the city had created the plaza in an effort to breathe new life into an underdeveloped part of town. But residents weren’t making use of it in the way the planners had hoped. “I went to the plaza and sat as a fly on the wall,” Mitchell recalls. “I watched how fast people were moving through the space.” The plaza was lined with lots of fun places to grab a drink or a bite to eat, or meet up to socialize with friends, but “everyone just kept zooming by.”  Follow this link to learn more. Soured from: Governing
Four years ago, Denver International Airport (DEN) sought a certification program to guide its partners and concessionaires in measurable corporate sustainability practices. Certifiably Green Denver (CGD), administered by the Denver Department of Public Health & Environment, offered a robust sustainability program applicable to airports. CGD provides free one-on-one advising, helping local businesses save money and conserve resources in five areas: water, waste, energy, transportation, and business management. To date, this voluntary and non-regulatory program has helped nearly 2,000 local businesses engage in more sustainable practices. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: Cities Speak
Disease-causing air pollution remains high in pockets of America, particularly those where many low-income and African American people live, a disparity highlighted in research presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in New York. The nation’s air on the whole has become cleaner in the past 70 years, but those benefits are seen primarily in whiter, higher-income areas, said Kerry Ard, an associate professor of environmental sociology at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: CFAES