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In a pandemic-driven season that saw a surge of e-commerce, the top metros feature a strong presence of logistics hubs like Chicago, the Midwest megaregion that returns to its spot at the top of the Tier 1 rankings. Indeed, the Midwest makes a resounding statement with not just Chicago, but Toledo, Ohio, and Sioux City, Iowa, emerging from the nationwide pack as Tier 2 and Tier 3 winners, Toledo sharing its first-place finish with fellow first-timer Savannah, Georgia. Follow this link to read more.

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Join Sarah Rosen Wartell, president of the Urban Institute, for the next installment in Urban’s conversation series, Evidence to Action. During this virtual event, Congresswoman Judy Chu (D-CA), who represents California’s 27th district, will discuss immigrants’ inclusion in and connection to the safety net. Following that, Hamutal Bernstein, principal research associate at the Urban Institute, and Huma Zarif, former staff attorney at Northwest Health Law Advocates, will join Wartell to address the ways federal policies and practices could improve immigrant families’ access to safety net and relief programs, fostering well-being and boosting the economy. The event is taking place, Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. EDT.  Follow this link to learn more. 

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This month, ECOP hosted a series of Learning for Leaders conversations with a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion theme. Katie Hartmann, who recently completed her Ph.D. in Education, Equity, and Transformation at Colorado State University, identified what excellence looks like to collaborate with diverse communities. The structures include, but are not limited to, a relations liaison, inside collaborator, and a community-specific sense of timing. What can be implemented in the short and long term? Follow this link to learn more.

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While women can be drawn into farming for many reasons, researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences have found that female-owned farms in the U.S. are more common in areas that are closer to urban markets, that engage in agritourism activity, and that offer greater access to childcare.

The number of farms operated by women has risen over the past two decades, said Claudia Schmidt, assistant professor of marketing and local/regional food systems. The U.S. Department of Agriculture changed the way it counts the operators of farms in its most recent census of agriculture, allowing for up to four principal operators per farm. This has inflated the number of female operators somewhat, but female participation in agriculture is nonetheless at an all-time high, said Schmidt. Follow this link to read more.

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The question of mobility has come up a lot in the past year as the entire country has been forced to deal with the ravages of the coronavirus. Economists and their libertarian acolytes have forecast an outpouring of affluent Americans from virus-plagued cities to safer rural climes. Free-market polemicist Kristin Tate exulted recently about a flood of "fresh college graduates and new parents" lighting out for healthier territory. "Employees who were once tethered to corporate buildings downtown can now trade Brooklyn for Mayberry." Follow this link to read more.

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Shari Garmise, APLU’s senior vice president for urban initiatives and executive director of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU), stepped down from her position as Executive Director after 10 years at the helm of the USU. She was asked to reflect on her time at APLU and USU. She says urban public research universities are not just in the city but of the city. Follow this link to read more.  

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Farmers and gardeners in Cleveland are getting more representation through a new Farm Service Agency county committee for urban agriculture, one of the first of its kind. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the committee in August 2020, along with four other new urban committees across the country.

The new county committee just wrapped up its first election. Three Cleveland farmers and gardeners were chosen to be on the committee.

“Cleveland has been at the forefront of urban agriculture for decades,” said Jamel Rahkeera, one of the new committee members and president and co-founder of Village Family Farms. “We just look forward to being a leader … being one of the five initial cities, we’re definitely going to set the bar high.” Follow this link to read more.

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Legacy cities such as Cleveland, Youngstown, and Akron, Ohio face major challenges in the 21st-century economy, including loss of economic base, aging infrastructure, social polarization, and continued sprawl despite population stabilization. Ohio’s legacy cities have many highly-sought features such as dense, walkable centers, abundant and affordable housing, and infrastructure, and closely-knit communities and skilled workers from their industrial past and immigration history. How can legacy cities leverage these assets to restore their economic vitality while promoting a socially just and sustainable community?

Join The Center for Urban and Regional Analysis on Friday, March 12, 2021, for a special presentation with Charles Marohn the Founder and President of Strong Towns and the author of Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity. Follow this link to learn more.

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You are invited to attend the National Urban Extension Leaders Virtual National Urban Extension Summit, which is being held on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 and Thursday, May 20, 2021. Participation is free and open to all interested Extension professionals. Register here. 

Follow this link to view the agenda. 
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For several decades, Extension leaders have studied how personnel working in high population density, or urban, areas can be most effective (Brown, 1965; Fox, 2017; Harriman & Daugherty, 1992; Krofta & Panshin, 1989; Miller, 1973; Schaefer, Huegel, & Mazzotti, 1992; Yep, 1981; Young & Vavrina, 2014). While there are similarities to Extension staffing and workforce development in all geographic areas, personnel serving the Extension mission in urban areas face unique challenges due to the context of urban communities:

Scale – Due to the sheer number of people living in urban communities, the ratio of Extension personnel to residents and key stakeholders is usually far greater in urban areas than in rural areas. This challenges the reach and effectiveness of Extension’s long-established engagement strategies which have relied heavily on direct education. Reaching large numbers of people requires new approaches to program planning, delivery, and evaluation. Follow this link to read the Leading Edge Dialogue White Paper.

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