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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
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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
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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