Recent Blog Posts

America’s rural-urban divide, it seems, has never been greater, a point reinforced by large geographic disparities in support for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. But it is also the case that big cities and rural communities are more tightly integrated than ever and are increasingly interdependent, both economically and socially. That’s the starting point for this free webinar drawn from the focus of the July issue of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. The webinar features the two guest editors of that special issue, Dan Lichter and James Ziliak, as well as Shannon Monnat and Mark Partridge, giving an overview of the divide and the bridges as well as the economic, labor force and social welfare implications of the nexus. Link to podcast recorded November 29, 2017.

More than ever, cities and metro areas matter for America’s future says Amy Liu, vice president and director of Brookings Metro. They are at the forefront of demographic change, innovation, competitiveness, adaptation to climate change, and more. Follow this link to the podcast and transcript.

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The National Urban Extension Leaders are proud to present the 2022 National Urban Extension Conference hosted by Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Camden, New Jersey (part of the Camden-Philadelphia metro area). 

Registration packages allow participation in all four days of the conference, including presentation sessions, the Welcome Dinner & Awards Ceremony, site visit tours, catering provided during the conference, and access to conference recordings. Registration is $495 and ticket sales are capped at 300 attendees. Register now to secure your ticket. Follow this link for conference details.

A new publication - Engaging Communities Through Issues Forums: A How-To Guide for Onsite and Online Community Engagement - is available from the Extension Foundation.

The publication explores the use of issue forums as a community engagement tool in Extension work. Both a process guide and content publication, it is a comprehensive “how-to” designed to help Cooperative Extension professionals successfully develop and implement issues forums in both onsite and online settings. Each section of the publication includes Our Story, a narrative of the key lessons learned by the authors. This publication will be of value to Cooperative Extension professionals and other organizations and institutions that are considering ways to increase community engagement to collaboratively address issues. The authors include Shoshana Inwood and Nicole Wright from The Ohio State University. Read more.

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The Urban Food Systems (UFS) Symposium is pleased to offer up to $500 travel awards for up to 25 UFS educators to attend 2022 UFSS. The scholarships can cover registration and other travel costs. Priority will be given to applicants from the North Central Region. The Symposium is September 26-29, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. More info about the scholarship opportunity and application form. Travel scholarship application deadline is April 16.

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) invites proposals for its Annual Conference, The Essential Role of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, October 23–26, 2022 in San Diego. The conference invites participants to consider the essential role urban and metropolitan universities play in leading a recovery grounded in community, equity, and innovation. Proposals due March 25. More information and proposal submission.

On March 4, 2022, at noon, join Dr. Vivek Shandas for the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (CURA) second Choosing Our Climate Legacy: Priorities for a More Equitable and Resilient Ohio speaker series event. Dr Shandas will speak about "Situating Climate Adaptation Measures within Historic Disinvestments in Urban Neighborhoods: The Pitfalls and Promises of Preparing Communities for a Warmer Planet."

Dr. Vivek Shandas specializes in developing strategies for addressing the implications of climate change on cities. His teaching and research examine the intersection of exposure to climate-induced events, governance processes, and planning mechanisms. As an interdisciplinary scholar, Dr. Shandas studies the emergent characteristics that generate vulnerability among communities and infrastructure.

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For Black History Month, Rob Isner with OSU Extension, Cuyahoga County has created a presentation titled "Black STEM Stars." The 30-minute presentation can be shared by any instructor who takes time to review it. The PowerPoint contains bilingual slides (English/Spanish) and has been approved by OSU branding. Rob says having an internet connection is a plus as there are several YouTube videos embedded. The lesson contains numberous slides near the end for Rob's students about George Washington Carver. The presentation can be downloaded and modified for your own use. Thank you Rob for sharing this resource. Link to the presentation.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack selected 12 members to serve on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) inaugural Secretary’s Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture to provide input on policy development and to help identify barriers to urban agriculture as USDA works to promote urban farming and the economic opportunities it provides in cities across the country.

The new Secretary’s Advisory Committee is part of USDA’s efforts to support urban agriculture, creating a network for feedback. Urban agriculture plays an important role in producing fresh, healthy food in areas where grocery stores are scarce, and also provides jobs and beautifies neighborhoods. Read the complete story.

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The Hill presented the Future of Cities in January as a virtual live event. U.S. cities are diverse, dynamic, and constantly evolving. The COVID-19 pandemic sped up this evolution, pressure testing our infrastructure, economies, and collective strength. But with added challenges come increased opportunities to reshape our existing structures and build more sustainable cityscapes, enhancing economic stability and improving the lives of all residents, especially the most vulnerable. 

With the passage of the infrastructure bill and the promises within the Build Back Better agenda, what comes next for America’s cities? How can city leaders work with communities to strengthen connections across cultures and generations, allowing all residents to prosper? And finally, as we envision the city of tomorrow, what pitfalls should we sidestep and what new heights can we expect to climb?

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