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A fair and accurate count for the 2020 Census is critical for political representation and for the allocation of $700 billion in federal funds. Low-income communities are especially at risk of undercounting. The operations for the Census are already in high-gear: Key decisions are being made, heads of local offices are being hired, field staff are being sourced, and outreach campaigns are being designed. In this SSIR Live! webinar, we will explore opportunities and avenues available for nonprofits, funders, and local governments to ensure your local community gets counted.
Webinar is presented by Perla Ni, Gary Bass, and Maria de la Luz Garcia
Moderated by David V. Johnson
Date Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Time 2-3 p.m. ET
Registration is $59
The 2018 Urban Food Systems Symposium will be held August 8-11, 2018 at the Graduate Minneapolis in Minneapolis, MN. Our goal is to bring together a national and international audience of academic and research-oriented professionals to share and gain knowledge on urban food systems and the role they play in global food security. Registration and more information is available from:
Saturday, May 19 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. West Campus Quad, 1090 Carmack Drive Experience the technology, discoveries, and resources available across central Ohio at the 2018 Ohio State WestFest. This free, public event showcases what Ohio State researchers and community partners are discovering to protect our environment, improve how we use our natural resources, and enhance our daily lives. Exhibitors include: Arabidopsis Biological Resource Center, Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, Center for Applied Plant Sciences, Center for Automotive Research, Columbus Audubon, COSI, Electrical and Computer Engineering, ElectroScience Laboratory, Friends of the Lower Olentangy (FLOW), Labs in Life, Molecular Genetics/ Zebrafish Facility, Museum of Biological Diversity, Ohio Bioproducts Innovation Center, Office of Energy and Environment, Ohio Energy Project, Ohio 4-H, Ohio State Energy Partners, Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, Ohio Sea Grant/Stone Laboratory, Orton Geological Museum, Smart Columbus, Speech and Hearing Science, STEAM Factory, and Wexner Medical Center Green Team. Food trucks and a bike corral will be on-site for your convenience. Click here for more information about the event.
Even as the U.S. economy hits new highs, the political and economic divide between America’s coastal cities and the rest of the country remain a focal point of the national debate. Amid this rising regional inequality, the question of how to revive broad-based economic growth in the middle of the country has received substantial attention. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Brookings

When both unemployment and wages are low, it's going to be difficult for employers to find the workers they need. They need to understand that from the outset. Follow this link to read the complete article.

Sourced from Governing
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Community Learning through Data-driven Discovery (CLD3) is a bold new approach for Extension professionals and Regional Rural Development Centers to use data in new and innovative ways not previously conceivable. To address increasingly complex issues of our communities. CLD3 is a collaborative approach among Extension professionals, university researchers, and local communities to use data, including local data, to inform and guide community level decision-making. Virginia Tech (VT) and Iowa State University (ISU) have an exciting partnership to implement CLD3 in their states, with the goal to rapidly expand CLD3 to other states. One example of CLD3 in action is ISU and VT’s work with Marshalltown, Iowa, where the multicultural population has increased from less than 1% in the early 1990s to over 25% today. Through the CLD3 cycle the government officials are gaining a data-driven understanding of how public transportation is meeting the needs of this demographically changing population, how current fee structures governing access to and use of parks and recreation programs might be adjusted to increase use by all, and what strategies might help in maintaining the quality of the neighborhoods through improvement projects. To learn more about CLD3, see "Helping Communities Use Data to Make Better Decisions", just released in the National Academy of Sciences Issues in Science and Technology Spring edition. Sourced from ECOP Monday Minute
A new study on race and economic mobility in the United States by economists Raj Chetty and Nathaniel Hendren stresses the role that neighborhoods can play in closing the country’s yawning, race-based opportunity gap. In this blog, David Greenberg, LISC’s new director of Research and Evaluation, unpacks the lessons of the study, and posits how the findings can help guide the work of LISC and its partners going forward.
Raj Chetty, Stanford University and NBER
Nathaniel Hendren, Harvard University and NBER
Maggie R. Jones, U.S. Census Bureau
Sonya R. Porter, U.S. Census Bureau
A new data brief from the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods documents findings from the supermarket pilot test of the Produce Perks program. Produce Perks is Ohio's nutrition incentive program and seeks to increase access to fresh and healthy food options for families who use Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP/EBT) benefits. Produce Perks matches the value of SNAP benefits when they are spent on fruits and vegetables. You can learn more about the pilot study and see the results in the Ohio Produce Perks: Supermarket Pilot Findings data brief.
The 2018 Urban Food Systems Symposium will be held August 8-11, 2018 at The Graduate Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their goal is to bring together a national and international audience of academic and research-oriented professionals to share and gain knowledge on urban food systems and the role they play in global food security. This symposium includes knowledge on: urban agricultural production, local food systems distribution, urban farmer education, urban ag policy, planning and development, food access and justice, and food sovereignty. For additional information and registration visit