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The 2018 ITGA City & University Relations Conference will be held May 29-June 1 on The Ohio State University campus. The theme of the conference is Investing in Our Future - Town-Gown Relationships and the Future of our Communities. Follow this link for complete information about the conference
NUEL North Central Regional CaucusNUEL logo May 9-10, 2018 Marriott Grand St. Louis, MO Promotional Flier The NUEL North Central Regional Caucus is an interdisciplinary approach to build, resource and deliver multi-state, regional and national educational initiatives. The kick-off meeting provides the structure for urban Extension professionals to come together and address identified regional issues. Through an exploration of the contexts of our work, best practices and successful educational approaches, we will collaboratively develop plans for multi-state and regional projects that collectively impact issues in the North Central Region. Detailed agenda of the North Central Regional Caucus Registration for the North Central Regional Caucus meeting Lodging for the North Central Regional Caucus meeting

A microfarm, is a concept brought to the Mansfield campus of The Ohio State University by Kent "Kip" Curtis, an assistant professor of environmental history at Mansfield. His short-term objective for the project is to extend the growing season. The over-arching goal is to create a model for urban agriculture that spawns additional microfarms in the area that eventually produce and sell enough niche crop to become fully sustainable drivers in the Mansfield-area economy. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from the OSU Mansfield Campus News
A study out March 13 finds that urban trees can survive increased heat and insect pests fairly well – unless they are thirsty. Insufficient water not only harms trees, but allows other problems to have an outsized effect on trees in urban environments. Follow this link to read the complete story.  
A new study analyzes unique data from four U.S. cities (Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Salt Lake, and San Diego), and provides a framework for local leaders to evolve their incentive policies through inclusive economic development practices. Follow this link to read more. Sourced from Brookings

The well-being of the United States depends upon the well-being of our children and youth. At present, populations of young people may be identified as vulnerable based on situational characteristics such as early parenthood, disconnection from school and work, homelessness, and involvement in the juvenile justice and foster care systems. Follow this link to a listing of resources.

Sourced from NIFA
From the National Urban League, this is For the Movement, a podcast that discusses persistent policy, social, and civil rights issues affecting communities of color. Gentrification: How We Can Preserve Our Communities While Ensuring Economic Development, has guests Urban League of Greater Washington CEO George Lambert and Dr. Derek Musgrove, who is an Associate Professor of Post-World War II U.S. History at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and author of the book Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital. The co-hosts are Don Cravins, Senior Vice President of Policy and Executive Director of the Washington Bureau, and Kezmiché “Kim” Atterbury, Senior Director of Communications & External Affairs. Follow this link to listen to the podcast on Spotify
The U.S. has seen a dramatic increase in the number of prime-age men not working. However, these jobless rates are more pronounced in some regions than others. Harvard’s Benjamin Austin, Edward Glaeser, and Lawrence Summers examine the trend and argue that a dollar spent fighting unemployment in Flint, Michigan will go farther than in Alexandria, Virginia. Follow this link to read the complete article. Sourced from Brookings

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture's (NIFA) 2017 Annual Report: User Inspired Science Transforming Lives is available online. This year’s annual report highlights the transformative and exciting work by NIFA-funded partners in the areas of research, education, and extension. Read NIFA’s 2017 Annual Report to learn more about how the agency’s investments are moving it closer to its vision of catalyzing transformative discoveries, education, and engagement to address agricultural challenges.