Posts By Date

Americans don’t move as much as they used to, even though people in some parts of the country fare better than others. Large metropolitan areas have stronger job growth and contribute more to GDP than small towns and rural areas. Urban residents have better health outcomes and life expectancy. Yet people are more reluctant to move to another town, state, or region. In particular, urban and rural residents are increasingly distrustful of one another. Follow this link to read the complete article Does TV Bear Some Responsibility for Hard Feelings Between Urban America and Small Town America? Sourced from Brookings
Posted In: Community Development, Workforce Development
Comments: 0
Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. That’s three people every hour. As if the death rate wasn’t bad enough, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that the “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, and addiction treatment. Follow this link to read the complete story on Opioid Crisis Affects All Americans, Rural and Urban.
The National Extension Web Mapping Tool (NEWT) is designed to be user-friendly for extension professionals who have no Geographic Information System (GIS) experience, but will also be useful for those familiar with GIS. NEWT provides relevant spatial data at a variety of scales (national, state, county) in a variety of formats (maps, tables, graphs) which can be useful for planning and prioritizing program topics. This webinar will explore the rationale and approach behind the development of NEWT, will demonstrate how NEWT can be used today by Extension professionals, and will provide details about how to help guide the future of the NEWT. February 22, 2018, at 2 pm EST. Learn more or register for the webinar...
In President Trump’s 2019 budget, he proposes changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would significantly reduce the efficiency and efficacy of the program.Follow this link for the complete article Penny Wise and Pound Foolish: Proposed SNAP Budget Cuts Will Reduce Outcomes. Sourced from Brookings
The Trump administration, which often stresses the need for states to have more flexibility, wants to give them less when it comes to food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Follow this link to read the complete story - Trump Wants to End States' Power to Make Food Stamps More Accessible During Recessions. Sourced from Govering
Families receiving housing assistance are concentrated in poor areas that tend to have lower-performing schools, fewer services, and higher crime. Follow this link to read the complete article Hoping to Reduce Segregation, U.S. Revamps Housing Subsidy for the Poor. Sourced from Place

How walkable is your city? Tool aims to make pedestrians safer and happier

Urban planners are looking into measures to cut road deaths and injuries but also at ways to ease traffic and encourage people to walk. Follow this link to read the complete story of How Walkable Is Your City? Tool to Make Pedestrians Safer and Happier   Sourced from Place
The National Community Resource and Economic Development team will hold a webinar (February 22) on Understanding and Evaluating Collective Impact Initiatives.  The Collective Impact Model has the potential for bringing organizations and partners together to address a common set of goals. This webinar will provide an overview of the model – the context in which it may be useful, the strategies for making it successful, and current criticisms of its use. Evaluation strategies for assessing both the formative and summative aspects of collective impact models will also be discussed. For more information visit the National Community & Economic Resource Development Indicators Team information page. Sourced from the USDA NIFA Weekly Digest Bulletin
Posted In: Uncategorized
Comments: 0
ECOP Chair Chuck Hibberd moderated a dialogue with the Cooperative Extension Section focusing on contributions to university-level mission of Land-grant Universities. Directors and Administrators shared examples of mission alignments, methods of engagement with upper administration, rewards/benefits for contributing to higher education mission, engaging students, challenges/barriers to alignment, and trepidation/resistance for transitioning to more comprehensive involvement. The recording is now available at Sourced from ECOP Monday Minute
This year’s National Extension and Research Administrative Officers Conference (NERAOC), April 22-25, will feature important presentations and discussion opportunities on various topics including time and effort reporting, Plan of Work/Reeport updates, and many other interesting topics. Register prior to March 16 for an early discount. Online registration ends on April 15. Conference lodging is at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids. The link to the hotel block is: Sourced from ECOP Monday Minute
Posted In: City CED, Meetings/Conferences
Comments: 0