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Connecting Campus & Community Leadership Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Ohio Union A morning to inspire, engage and invigorate. Two sessions will dive into the concept of leadership, giving you the knowledge, tools and confidence to be a more effective leader. Mark Sanborn, author of The Fred Factor and The Potential Principle will be our featured keynote. Following Mark's keynote we will have an expert panel of community leaders who will share their leadership insights. Gail Hogan, former co-anchor of NBC 4, will moderate the panelists, who include:
  • Shannon Ginther - First Lady, City of Columbus; Columbus Women's Commission Chair
  • Anil Makhija - Dean and John W. Berry, Sr. Chair in Business, Fisher College of Business, The Ohio State University
  • Angela C. Dawson - Executive Director, Ohio Commission on Minority Health
We hope you will join us for a day of learning, networking and professional development. Please register online at For any questions or additional information, please contact either Jared at or Alice at
Article Author - Kyle White Did you know that nearly half (46%) of Ohio’s workforce is employed by small business enterprises? According to the Small Business Administration, Ohio is home to 927,691 small businesses, roughly 80% of all business in Ohio. In 2018 I will be working with other Extension professionals from across the United States to bring the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programming – coaching and support – to Ohio. I will be learning about the intricacies of the program and will be disseminating that information to each of our county offices. The ultimate goal: to attract and support Ohio’s entrepreneurs via SBIR funding. Read the complete article here. Sourced from OSU Extension Community Development Blog
The 2019 National Urban Extension Conference will be held at The Motif, Seattle WA, May 20-23, 2019. Make your plans to attend what will be an amazing conference to celebrate all that is urban extension and plan for our future. Visit the conference web site: Get the latest updates on the National Urban Extension Conference by subscribing to the mailing list - Subscribe
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With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, JAFSCD has transitioned to become an open access (OA) journal as of January 1, 2018, with an enhanced focus on the interests of communities of need, HBCUs, Tribal colleges and universities, and Hispanic-serving institutions. Eliminating the disadvantage of a paywall, adding new programs such as an author mentoring program, and expanding our consulting editor program and our JAFSCD Food Systems Research, Policy, and Practice Briefs will help us maximize the impact of JAFSCD's peer-reviewed content in disadvantaged communities. Read more information about the open access Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.
A new report on millennials’ education, home ownership, marriage rates, and more reveal how investing in a more inclusive America will be essential to the country’s future economic success. Read the complete report about The Millennial Generation: A Bridge to America's Deiverse Future. Sourced from Brookings
New research from collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU) and Google provides an assessment of the value of urban agriculture and the benefits it provides on a global scale. Read the Urban Agriculture Pays Off article from ASU Now. Sourced from USDA NIFA Weekly Digest Bulletin (1/28/18)
The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School, Farmers Market Coalition, and Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) launched an online Farmers Market Legal Toolkit, a free resource to support building resilient and accessible markets throughout the United States. Read the complete Support of Farmers Markets throughout the United States article here. Sourced from USDA NIFA Weekly Digest Bulletin (1/28/18)
The Center for Community Solutions is a nonpartisan think tank focused on solutions to health, social, and economic issues. The Center for Community Solutions mission is to provide strategic leadership and organizes community resources to improve health, social, and economic conditions through applied demographic research, nonpartisan policy analysis and advocacy, and communication. Community Solutions' efforts are critical to the work and effectiveness of direct service organizations in Northeast Ohio. In addition to direct service organizations, funders, as well as policy makers, rely on our data and analysis to inform their decision-making, which can potentially impact all Ohioans. Sourced from The Center for Community Solutions.
The sharp divergence of large and small communities’ economic fortunes since the financial crisis is becoming even starker than it has been. The 53 very largest metro areas (those with populations over one million residents) have accounted for fully 93.3 percent of the nation’s population growth since the crisis, but an incredible 96.4 percent of it since 2014 (though they account for just 56 percent of the overall population). Read the complete Geographic Gaps Are Widening While U.S. Economic Growth Increases story here. Sourced from Brookings.
Could one of Cleveland's great challenges, poverty and the poor health that often accompanies it, become one of the region's great economic opportunities? Read the complete Could "Big Data" Help Cleveland Reduce Health Disparities - And Create Jobs? story here. Sourced from Community Solutions.