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The fingerprints of the digital revolution are becoming increasingly evident in the work of urban planning. Big data, the internet of things, and sensor networks offer new ways for urban managers to make informed decisions. Autonomous vehicles and drones will change mobility infrastructure in cities. The availability of satellite imagery and digital urban maps are revolutionizing the way that city extensions are planned to ensure job proximity for new urban residents and improved transportation. The sharing economy is creating new job opportunities and ways to make business as cities become increasingly dynamic. In recognizing the potential of digital technologies to contribute to urban sustainability, the UN’s New Urban Agenda asks member states to commit to “adopting a smart-city approach that makes use of opportunities from digitization, clean energy, and technologies.” Follow this link to learn more. Soured from: UN-Habitat
A community member shared an astute assessment about how to transform a street corner in the Belmont community in West Philadelphia into a space with learning opportunities for young children. The result has become known as “Urban Thinkscape,” a collaboration between the Belmont community, Temple University’s Infant and Child Laboratory, and architect Itai Palti to build engaging learning opportunities directly into places families frequently go. On what was once a regular city street corner, there are now puzzles incorporating images of Martin Luther King Jr. and other leaders into the back wall behind benches where families wait for the bus. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: Brookings
The Coalition for Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conference (CUMU) was held in Philadelphia on October 20-23. CUMU is one of the nations largest and long-running organizations committed to serving and connecting the world's urban and metropolitan universities to address the unique challenges faced in urban environments. The Ohio State University is a member of the coalition. The conference brought together many high-level partner universities, city governments and non-profit organizations to discuss how community engagement can be leveraged to serve our collective client residents. Learning about the different perspectives was a valuable experience for me as an attendee. I enjoyed seeing how Extension can provide outreach and education to serve the Land Grant mission of Ohio State while learning how other stakeholders address their own client needs. I highly recommend this conference as a unique and valuable experience to gain insight on how other partner institutions address the challenges that are faced in urban and metropolitan environments. Follow this link to learn more. Article Courtesy of Timothy McDermott, Extension Educator, Franklin County Ohio.
Join James S. Bates, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Extension Field Specialist, Family Wellness and the team at the Ohio Statewide Family Engagement Center for a brainstorm discussion via Zoom on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 10 a.m. to learn about your experiences related to school-family-community engagement in the communities and schools you serve. They are also interested in your feedback on an infographic toolkit they would like to develop around school-family-community engagement. For those who are not able to attend but would still like to be part of this initiative, please feel free to email Dr. James Bates at or Dr. Barbara Boone at with your thoughts. Viewing the recording may prompt additional thoughts you could share. Below is the outline for the meeting:
  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Introduce Topic:
  • What is school-family-community engagement?
  • How does it help families and communities?
  • How did FCS Extension become involved?
  • Open discussion of the following:
  • Introduce the infographic material
  • What topics related to school-family engagement might be of interest to schools, families, community?
  • Delivery options for the curriculum?
  • Other community resources?
  • Close
Zoom Meeting Information: One tap mobile: +16468769923,,8739675185# US Dial by your location: +1 646 876 9923 US, Meeting ID: 873 967 5185
Drones, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), are regulated for aircraft safety and flight operations under the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Many cities, municipalities, and states add their own regulations related to their areas of traditional authority. Traditional city and state authorities include:
  • planning and zoning for land-use,
  • determining take-off and landing locations for drones,
  • law enforcement operations and community safety, and
  • privacy policies and considerations.
Cities will not be on the sidelines as drones take flight. Updates to current regulations and safety decisions at FAA are in progress, but to get ahead of the next transportation technology shift, cities should prepare and consider their role to make the most of this new technology. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from: Cities Speak
When we think about the issues cities are facing, we tend to categorize challenges and solutions by city size. After all, it makes sense that a community with a population of 2,000 would require different solutions than cities the size of New York or Los Angeles. But while this approach holds some merit, the truth is that when addressing issues like housing and homelessness, size is just one piece of the puzzle. In the new report by NLC - Housing Market Conditions Across America’s Cities, they found when we put population count aside and focus on other characteristics, the housing crisis in cities like Columbia, Missouri (population: 123,180) and New York City (population: 8.623 million) begin to look similar despite differences in size and geography. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: Cities Speak 
The United Nations General Assembly designated every October 31 as World Cities Day (WCD). The global observation of World Cities Day 2019 will be hosted by Ekaterinburg, in the Russian Federation. The theme is “Changing the World: Innovations and Better Life for Future Generations.” World Cities Day promotes sustainable, inclusive urbanization around the world and engenders international cooperation to address the challenges of urbanization. Urbanization is happening at a phenomenal rate. Half the world's population now live in cities, and this is projected to increase to two-thirds by 2050. UN-Habitat leads the observation and promotion of World Cities Day in collaboration with partners from the United Nations system, international organizations, civil society, and business leaders. The general theme of World Cities Day is "Better City, Better Life," and each year a different sub-theme is selected, to either promote successes of urbanization, or address specific challenges resulting from urbanization. Last year the host city for World Cities Day was Liverpool, UK and there were 50 activities in 23 countries to celebrate the day. Follow this link to learn more about World Cities Day. Sourced from: UN-Habitat
This summer, Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) Cuyahoga County piloted the WIC Perks program in partnership with MetroHealth-Cuyahoga County Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and local farmers’ markets. WIC Perks is an expansion of the Produce Perks nutrition incentive program, which offers Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients a dollar-for-dollar match when shopping with an Ohio Direction Card at local farmers’ markets. Four local markets in Cuyahoga County participated in the pilot program; Lakewood Farmers’ Market, Old Brooklyn Farmers’ Market, North Union Farmers’ Market at Shaker Square, and North Union Farmers’ Market at Van Aken. Historically, the Produce Perks program has only served families who receive SNAP benefits. However, many families in Cuyahoga County do not fall within 130% of the poverty line and therefore have been unable to access Produce Perks. The WIC Perks pilot program expanded Produce Perks to serve families receiving WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) vouchers in addition to SNAP; eligibility for WIC requires families to fall within 185% of the poverty line. By expanding Produce Perks to serve WIC FMNP, recipients we were able to reach new families who may or may not also be receiving SNAP benefits. The WIC Perks pilot aimed to increase access to fresh fruits and vegetables for WIC recipients, engage new families, and increase sales at local farmers’ markets. WIC recipients who attended one of the eight select Cuyahoga WIC FMNP distribution dates were given the opportunity to participate in a brief cooking demonstration or educational table activity. In exchange for their participation, families received an additional $20 farmers’ market voucher that could be spent on fresh, local fruits and vegetables. Participants also received culinary tools including peelers, cutting boards, storage containers, dry and liquid measuring cups, and vegetable scrub brushes. Over the course of the pilot program Ohio State University Extension provided $13,640 worth of farmers’ market vouchers to 682 families. Formal data analysis using farmers’ market redemption data, customer shopping patterns, and follow-up surveys from participants will be conducted in December. Pilot findings will be shared in early 2020. The partners intend to continue the WIC Perks program in 2020. Follow this link to lean more. Article courtesy of: Amanda Osborne, Community Development Educator, OSU Extension Cuyahoga County Courtney Woelfl, Family Consumer Science Educator, OSU Extension Cuyahoga County  
There are more than 18 million veterans currently living in the United States, making up roughly 7.3 percent of the population. With Veterans Day approaching on November 11, here’s how local leaders can work to ensure that all people who honorably served our country have access to a safe home, designed to meet their specific needs. In some cases, helping veterans move from the streets to a home is the first, pivotal step. Since the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness — which NLC leads while partnering with federal agencies, launched in June 2014, 78 communities and three states have shown that it’s possible to make Veteran homelessness a rare, brief, and one-time experience. For other veterans in our communities, we should focus on creating access to resources that allow them to renovate their home to accommodate a disability, or to help them age in place with dignity. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: Cities Speak
Publishing in journals provides an opportunity for Extension professionals to share their program, research, and teaching efforts with others and to contribute to the knowledge base of the profession. For many Extension professionals, however, the publication process can seem overwhelming and just the thought of it is enough to bring on writer’s block. An initial question often asked is: What can I write about? With time for writing at a premium, one of the keys is to work smarter by considering the publication potential presented by everyday Extension practice. This webinar will set participants up for success as authors by reviewing publication opportunities, the writing process, and how to overcome common mistakes. You'll hear from Theresa Ferrari, an Extension Specialist in 4-H Youth Development, at The Ohio State University. She has varied experience as an author, reviewer, and editor of scholarly publications. She represents NAE4-HA on the board of Extension Journal, Inc. and is the chair of the Editorial Committee, which has oversight for publishing the Journal of Extension. The webinar will be held Friday, October 25, 2019 at 12 p.m. ET. Follow this link to learn more. Sourced from: NAEPSDP