News & Events

News & Events

OSU Urban Extension is available in a variety of formats. Check out the Urban Updates blog, our upcoming events, the news stories below, subscribe to our newsletter, and view Ohio's Urban Counties' social media links on the right of this page.

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  1. National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Steering Committee Meeting Report

    Dec 13, 2018

    The National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) Steering Committee Meeting was held December 3-5, 2018 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Attendance included more than 30 participants representing 18 states and 22 universities. Read the report from Nicole Debose.

  2. Civic Innovation Challenge: Ideas Competition

    Dec 11, 2018

    MetroLab Network and Smart Cities Lab are designing a research and action competition in the smart and connected communities domain with support from the National Science Foundation. The first phase of the Civic Innovation Challenge is the Ideas Competition, which asks you - researchers, government employees, nonprofits, residents — to identify challenges and priorities in your cities and communities that can benefit from technical exploration, scientific discovery, and new approaches.

  3. New Ideas from the Alliance for the American Dream

    Nov 26, 2018

    Join The Ohio State Alliance for the American Dream’s finalist teams on December 3, 2018 as they present their innovative solutions to our fading middle class. Follow this link to learn more. 

  4. 2018 Biannual National Urban Extension Leaders Meeting

    Oct 24, 2018

    Join colleagues from across the country at the National Urban Extension Leaders biannual network meeting in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina December 3-5. Follow this link to learn more.

  5. Why Urban Matters to Our Future Success

    Oct 18, 2018

    The 2018 National Extension Directors and Administrators (NEDA) and Cooperative Extension Section (CES) Business Meeting took place the first week of October in Portland Oregon. The group met to conduct business, contribute to national dialogue, and expand knowledge in their leadership roles at national, state, and local levels. Follow this link for important urban resources from the meeting.

  6. Jumping into Civic Life: Stories of Public Work from Extension Professionals

    Oct 10, 2018

    Through eight richly detailed oral histories, Jumping into Civic Life helps open our imaginations to the possibilities for professionals to make constructive contributions to the task of making democracy work as it should. Read more ...

  7. Urban October

    Oct 3, 2018

    Every year UN-Habitat and partners organize a month of activities, events and discussions around urban sustainability in October. This year, Urban October will begin with World Habitat Day on 1 October and end with World Cities Day on 31 October. The theme for World Habitat Day is Municipal Solid Waste Management, and for World Cities Day is Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities. Follow this link to read more.

  8. Kirwan Institute Launches Nation’s First Free & Publicly Available Online Implicit Bias Training

    Oct 3, 2018

    The Kirwan Institute is committed to the creation of a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have the opportunity to succeed. Developed in partnership with the Schott Foundation for Public Education and The Ohio State University, this educational opportunity is provided at no cost. These modules include a series of videos, activities, and resources. Follow this link for the training videos.

  9. Perspectives on the Urban-Rural Divide

    Aug 21, 2018

    The facts are stark. Economic change and recovery in our nation have resulted in vastly different opportunities and outcomes for individuals and families based on where they live. An urban-rural divide narrative is solidifying around these trends. Follow this link to read the complete article from Cities Speak.

  10. The Man Showing the Country What Makes Cities Work

    Aug 7, 2018

    Steve Benjamin represents the interests of U.S. mayors. When it comes to his city, he's interested in the "three I's" of city life - infrastructure, innovation, and inclusion. Follow this link to read the complete article.