Thursday, May 31, 2012

EDA Webinar with Dr. Curt Carlson on Innovation

U.S. Economic Development Administration - Innovate@EDA Monthly Update

Thursday, May 31, 2012

NACIE Member Dr. Curt Carlson
Speaks about Innovation  


Next Tuesday, June 5, at 4 p.m. EDT, please join our conference call with Dr. Curt Carlson, President and CEO of SRI International. His topic will be the role of an intermediary/third-party company in spurring innovation.
SRI International was spun off from Stanford University more than 60 years ago. Its researchers have been instrumental in the development of numerous innovations, including Siri, the voice recognition software now used in the latest Apple iPhone. Dr. Carlson is a founding member of the Innovation Leadership Council for the World Economic Forum and the author, with William Wilmot, of Innovation: The Five Disciplines for Creating What Customers Want, a book that describes how SRI's process for innovation can be applied to all types of commercial and nonprofit enterprises, including government.
Dr. Carlson is a member of the President's National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). This conference call is the latest in a series featuring NACIE members, hosted by the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration.
Upcoming Conference Calls:
• June 11, 12:25 p.m.: Dr. Holden Thorp, Chancellor, Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (call-in number: 800-857-5157; participant passcode: 1533481)
• June 19, 4:00 p.m.: Dr. Barron Harvey, Dean, Howard Univ. School of Business (call-in number: 800-857-5157; participant passcode: 1533481)
• June 20, 4:00 p.m.: Dr. Claude Canizares, Vice President of Research and Associate Provost, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (call-in number: 888-323-7915; participant passcode: 3818714)
• June 27, 4:00 p.m.: Dr. Desh Deshpande, Founder, Deshpande Foundation (call-in number: 800-857-5157; participant passcode: 1533481)
All times are Eastern Time. To register, please e-mail with your name, title, organization, e-mail address, telephone number, and the date of the conference call you are registering for.
The call-in number for the June 5 conference call is 888-323-7915; the participant passcode is 3818714. For updates, please visit EDA's website,


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Small Communities health grant oppty

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced available funding of $70 million to improve the health of small communities across the nation. Grants will be awarded to governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations across a variety of sectors, including transportation, housing, education, and public health, in an effort to save lives and control the nation’s growing health care costs associated with preventable chronic diseases.


The small-community investments are part of the Community Transformation Grant (CTG) program, a comprehensive prevention and wellness initiative launched in 2011 by HHS and administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CTG Small Communities program targets intervention populations of up to 500,000 in neighborhoods, school districts, villages, towns, cities and counties in order to increase opportunities for people to make healthful choices and improve health.  These areas can be specific counties, cities, towns and villages with populations up to 500,000 or neighborhoods, sections, or subgroups of the population (e.g., children or seniors) within a metropolitan area. In addition, HHS is continuing to support the initial group of 68 CTG awardees that have the potential to reach about 120 million Americans.


The CTG Small Communities Program grantees will work toward one or more of the five outcome measures described in Section 4201 of the Affordable Care Act: changes in weight, proper nutrition, physical activity, tobacco use and social and emotional well-being and align with the five priority areas of the CTG Program: (1) tobacco-free living; (2) active living and healthy eating; (3) evidence-based quality clinical and other preventive services, specifically prevention and control of high blood pressure and high cholesterol; (4) social and emotional wellness, such as facilitating early identification of mental health needs and access to quality services, especially for people with chronic conditions; and (5) healthy and safe physical environments. 


CDC expects to make 25 to 50 competitive grant awards under the CTG Small Communities Program, with successful applicants announced in September 2012. The final number of awards will depend on the quality of applications, sizes of communities to be served, sizes of awards, and other factors. Applicants specifically must demonstrate how they can improve the health of their communities through increasing the availability of healthy foods and beverages, improving access to safe places for physical activity, and reducing tobacco use and encouraging smoke-free environments. The awards are one-time funding with a two year project period.


The official funding opportunity announcement for the Community Transformation Grant program Small Communities component can be found at by searching for NCCDPHP CDC-RFA-DP12-1216PPHF12: “PPHF 2012: Community Transformation Grants - Small Communities Programs financed solely by 2012 Prevention and Public Health Funds (;jsessionid=RgW1PFPFQshPqDGLW5sBW8ZQTmTpXQwjMLllqTy7zJdwfc1QLpXP!-1021879135?oppId=173114&mode=VIEW). The letter of intent deadline is June 18, 2012 and the application deadline is July 31, 2012, 5pm Eastern Daylight Savings Time. To learn more about the Community Transformation Grant program, including a list of the current 68 awardees, please visit


For more information about how the Prevention and Public Health Fund is helping promote prevention in every state, visit

For an overview fact sheet about the Community Transformation Grant program, visit:



Sunaree Marshall

Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

451 7th St. SW, Room 10180

Washington, D.C. 20410



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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

New Blog for Economic Development Resources


I have recently launched a new blog focused on economic development resources. The blog, called Oklahoma Extension Development Resources, can be accessed at, or via the link on our webpage at


The primary purpose of the blog is to catalog on the web grants and resources of relevance to Oklahoma communities. For example, this morning I posted an announcement for a Federal Funding Opportunity from the US Department of Commerce focused on Advanced Manufacturing. I will also post announcements of webinars, training events and conferences that might be useful to you and/or your constituents. (Don’t forget about today’s webinar from the Southern Rural Development Center – “Big News about Small Business”; check the blog for details!) Additionally, I will be featuring posts about different dimensions of economic development, such as highlighting trends in entrepreneurship, examples of community development strategies, etc.


Please help me promote this blog by following it yourself and sharing the URL with your constituents. This way, a much wide audience than my email list can access and utilize these resources. There is the option to add the blog to your RSS reader or to subscribe to the blog via email, if that would be more convenient for you.


Thanks for your partnership with Extension to enhance the quality of life in Oklahoma!


Dave Shideler, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor and Extension Economist

Department of Agricultural Economics

Oklahoma State University

323 Ag Hall

Stillwater, OK 74078



Big News about Small Business Webinar Today

Big News about Small Business:
Their Contributions to Rural America

A free webinar showcasing the research of:
Charles M. Tolbert and Carson Mencken, Baylor University, and
Troy C. Blanchard, Louisiana State University

May 30, 2012
Noon -1:30 pm CST

Sponsored by the Southern Rural Development Center, Mississippi State University

Small businesses have many beneficial effects on rural communities, as they are associated with higher income levels and lower poverty, unemployment, and crime rates. In a free Southern Rural Development Center-sponsored webinar, “Big News about Small Business,” the research team of Tolbert, Mencken and Blanchard will report on nearly two decades of work on local firms’ many contributions. The webinar will:

  • Unveil new research findings drawn from federal economic data and hours of focus groups/interviews with rural businesses people that capture the trials, tribulations, and successes of rural entrepreneurs.
  • Report on the latest published data on small businesses and important public health outcomes.
  • Seek audience input on rural small businesses and policies that best nurture them.

To Connect:
Those wishing to participate in the webinar are encouraged to access the following website approximately 20-30 minutes prior to the start of the webinar to ensure a successful connection to the Adobe Connect site:  Please enter as Guest.

To Hear the Audio Portion:
Please call the following toll-free number a few minutes prior to the start of the webinar in order to hear the audio portion of the small business webinar.
1-800-244-2500 / Participant Code: 888069#

For technical problems, please contact the Southern Rural Development Center at 662-325-3207.

NOTE: Support for this research was received from USDA National Research Initiative Project No. TEXR-2008-02636, “Nascent Employers and their First Employees: Hope for Development in Rural America?”



Rosa Soliz

Communications & Logistics Associate

North Central Regional Center for Rural Development

Agriculture Hall

446 W. Circle Drive, Room 66

East Lansing, MI 48824


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Advanced Manufacturing Grant Opportunity

$26 Million Multi-Agency Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge

The Obama Administration announces a $26 million Advanced Manufacturing Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge, a partnership between the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration and National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, the Small Business Administration, and the National Science Foundation. This initiative will assist the development and implementation of regionally-driven economic development strategies that support advanced manufacturing and cluster development. In addition to the six partnering agencies, the initiative will leverage technical assistance from up to eight other Federal agencies.

The investments will accelerate innovation-fueled job creation and economic prosperity through public private partnerships, and serve as a catalyst for leveraging private capital, assisting entrepreneurial development in disadvantaged communities and promoting cluster based development in advanced manufacturing.



Access the Federal Funding Opportunity announcement here:;jsessionid=mJ4tP24YDt0ygzvnF6Fq04TJLVmnvN1yLQvwt3s6v00F54TWFLLp!-597428414?oppId=172695&mode=VIEW


Assistant Professor and Extension Economist

Department of Agricultural Economics

Oklahoma State University

323 Ag Hall

Stillwater, OK 74078



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

FW: Small Business Internet Apps & Uses Webinar Material

In case you missed the Small Business Internet Apps and Uses, you can access the recording via the link below.
From: Roberto Gallardo []
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To: Roberto Gallardo
Subject: Small Business Internet Apps & Uses Webinar Material


Thanks for participating in today's webinar!!

Below is the link to the recorded session. Also attached is the powerpoint as well as the handouts (note: hyperlinks are active).

Please don't forget to fill out the evaluation form to help us improve!!

Recorded session:


Roberto Gallardo, PhD
Assistant Extension Professor
Southern Rural Development Center
Mississippi State University Extension Service Phone (662) 325-9426
Twitter: @msuebeat

FW: Alternative Date for USDA Broadband Grant Webinar

If you are unable to view the announcement, Please click the following link to view it in your
Internet Browser: index_comgrant.html

Because the May 24 webinar is full, the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) will host an additional webinar on Thursday, June 7, focused on the Community-Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant Program (Community Connect Grant Program). This webinar will inform participants about the program’s major eligibility and regulatory requirements and provide detailed guidance on submitting a successful grant application. There will also be time for participants to ask the speakers specific questions about putting together an application.

About the Grants

Community Connect Grants are made available to the most rural, unserved and economically challenged areas. The funds are used to build broadband infrastructure. Awardees are also required to establish community centers that offer free public access to broadband.

More information about the Community Connect Grant Program is available on our website at:

Workshop Agenda

Introduction – Kenneth Kuchno, Director of the Broadband Division

Presenters – Laurel Leverrier, Deputy Director of the Broadband Division; Thera Swersky, Senior Loan Specialist; Steven Levine, Engineer

Q&A Session- All


Due to the limited amount of seats available for this session, interested parties must preregister with the RUS Broadband Division. Seats for this session will be reserved in the order in which the requests are received by the RUS. To preregister, please contact Nicole Payne at (202) 720-2281 or or Carla Johnson at (202) 720-0667 or at

The Audio Conference and WebEx information will be provided prior to the scheduled workshop sessions.


Please contact the RUS at with any questions about these webinars.

FW: Wealth Creation and Rural Livelihoods Webinars

Upcoming WCRL Exchanges

* Wealth Creation in Rural Communities - A Framework for Deep Collaborations and the Arkansas Biofuels Story with Shanna Ratner and Melissa Levy, Yellow Wood Associates, and Ines Polonius, alt Consulting - Thursday, June 14, 2012, 1 pm ET. To register, click here. It’s FREE!

* Rural-Urban Linkages - A Case Study Approach with Brian Dabson and Jennifer Jensen, The Rural Futures Lab - July 19, 2012, 1 pm ET.


Assistant Professor and Extension Economist

Department of Agricultural Economics

Oklahoma State University

323 Ag Hall

Stillwater, OK 74078



FW: High Cost Lending Summit - June 12th, 2012

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