Monday, September 17, 2012

FW: Misc. Publications, Tools, Learning and Funding

Several great webinars coming up on topics like job readiness for “green” jobs, building stronger governance for non-profit organizations, and early warning signs for youth in rural education systems. Also, there’s a list of funding opportunities and attached are some fact sheets about the importance of community coaches for engaging, facilitating and investing in rural communities.




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From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC []
Sent: Friday, September 14, 2012 4:29 PM
Subject: Misc. Publications, Tools, Learning and Funding




Elsa Noterman has issued a Call to the Next Generation of Rural Leaders! She's interested in organizing a virtual town hall meeting with younger members of WCRL to talk about your roles in creating wealth and building sustainable rural livelihoods. If you're interested, check out Elsa's blog post. For more seasoned members of WCRL, please share this with the young folks with whom you work and encourage them to join WCRL and get involved!



Household Food Security in the United States, 2011
Presents statistics on households’ food security, food expenditures, and use of food and nutrition assistance programs throughout 2011. Food insecurity is more common in large cities and rural areas than in suburban areas. Access a summary and full report. Organization: USDA Economic Research Service. Date: 09 / 2012



Attached are 3 handy tools on engaging, facilitating and investing in change




WEBINAR: Roots for Success: Teaching Environmental Literacy to Underserved Entrepreneurs sponsored by the Academy for Green Microenterprise Development 

 Wednesday, September 19th at 3:00 pm EDT/2:00 pm CDT/12:00 pm PDT

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:      


Eager to help your clients "go green" but need to build staff capacity and skills in green entrepreneurship as well? Then you won't want to miss Dr. Raquel Pinderhughes and Roots of Success -- an environmental literacy and job readiness curriculum that provides underserved individuals with the knowledge and skills they need to secure good green jobs, develop green small businesses and improve conditions in their communities. Raquel will share examples of the curriculum and we'll show you how to integrate this model into your organization's business development services!  


Host: Jason Friedman, Friedman Associates   Guest presenter: Dr. Raquel PInderhughes, Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, San Francisco State University, Founder and Director, Roots of Success.  These webinars are provided by Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs/Georgia Green Loans and Friedman Associates and funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration PRIME Program.


Webinar: Getting the Governance You Deserve! September 25th at 2:00 pm Eastern

Space is limited.  Reserve your Webinar seat now at: After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

A critical piece of the "sustainability puzzle" is leadership, especially your Board of Directors. Demands for self-sufficiency and the need to demonstrate mission-driven success has prompted CDFIs to take deliberate steps to increase the active governance of their organizations and ensure for its own renewal and development.

But how do you encourage more active board engagement? In this free webinar, we will take you through a dynamic process to assess the health and role of governance in your organization and obtain more meaningful engagement. We will discuss how to create an operations plan for stronger governance and the creation of your Board Policies Manual - your playbook for effective governance. We will also give you tools to get started and recommend a plan of action.

The webinar will be led by Jason and Melanie Friedman of Friedman Associates. We have helped numerous CDFIs, micro lenders, and other nonprofits build a stronger platform for effective governance. For more information, visit us at

WCRL Webinar, Building Food Value Chains: Midwest Lessons Learned for Wealth Creation, September 20, 2012 with Rich Pirog and Nick McCann. Click here to see the profile and to register.


UTILIZING THE VILLAGE: Using Early Warning Indicators and Interventions to Help Rural Students Succeed in School, October 12, 2012 from 1:30 pm-3:00 pm EDT

Join the U.S. Department of Education and Jobs for the Future for this exciting event. This webinar is the second in a series on rural dropout prevention and recovery sponsored by the Department.  Dr. Robert Balfanz of the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University will discuss the unique needs of rural communities in setting up Early Warning Systems to identify students who may fall off-track for promotion or graduation. Several district leaders will showcase effective interventions to help struggling middle and high school students get back on a path to school success.  These highlighted interventions will include whole-school approaches, targeted supports for struggling students, and more intensive interventions. Participants will also have an opportunity to pose questions and share prevention/intervention best practices with peers. This session is designed for district and school leaders (superintendents, principals, key district staff, and intervention partners or program staff).  


Participants will come away from the session with:

  • New ideas and resources for setting up early warning systems in rural communities—such as how to select data proxies; aggregate and share information with school staff; and organize for intervention at the school level.
  • Information and resources describing how to set up early intervention strategies that are cost sensitive and easily implemented in rural districts.
  • Examples of practices that are working well to support students in rural communities across the country.  



  • Robert Balfanz, Everyone Graduates Center
  • Joseph Barrow Jr., Superintendent, Ware County, GA
  • Mark Willoughby, Director of Schools, Dekalb County, TN
  • Julie Turner, School Improvement Specialist, Dothan, AL


To register for this free event please visit: Please contact Monica at if you need technical assistance registering or if you do not receive a registration confirmation email within 24 hours.


Webinar Recorded - Thee first webinar in the Montana State University series on Transfer of Wealth and Sustaining Communities through Philanthropy can be found by clicking here. The next webinar is September 19th - Women Who Wine: A Local Philanthropy Model.





LeadingAge Offers Grants to Fund Projects That Blend Housing, Services for Low-Income Elderly - Grants of up to $25,000 are available to LeadingAge member organizations for projects designed to address the importance of bringing housing and services together to meet the needs of lower income elderly....Deadline: October 30, 2012


Chamber Music America Invites Concert Presenters to Apply for Jazz Program Support - Support of up to $12,000 is available to U.S.-based CMA members to engage U.S. jazz ensembles for public performances…Deadline: October 12, 2012


Responsible Sports Program Opens Fall 2012 Community Grants Program - Grants of $2,500 will be awarded to youth sports organizations whose coaches, parents, administrators, and supporters participate in the Responsible Sports program.... Deadline: November 30, 2012


YSA, UnitedHealthcare Offer Grants for Service-Learning Projects to Combat Childhood Obesity - Grants of up to $1,000 are available for youth-led service-learning projects that combat childhood obesity through walking, running, or hiking.... Deadline: October 15, 2012


NEA Foundation-Nickelodeon Big Help Grants Available to K-8 Public School Educators - Grants of up to $5,000 are available to K-8 public school educators for the development and implementation of approaches to four key issue areas — environmentalism, health and wellness, students' rights to a quality education, and community involvement.... Deadline: October 15, 2012


Pre-Proposals Invited for SPIRIT of Conservation Migratory Bird Program - Grants ranging from $25,000 to $200,000 will be awarded for bird habitat improvement and conservation projects in areas where ConocoPhillips has an operating presence.... Deadline: October 2, 2012 (Pre-proposals)


Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund Accepting Applications for Research Projects - Grants of up to $10,000 are available for arboriculture and urban forestry research projects anywhere in the world....Deadline: October 1, 2012


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Announces Forward Promise Innovation Grants
Up to ten grants of up to $500,000 will be awarded to support innovative community-based projects designed to improve health and opportunities for success for middle school- and high school-aged boys and young men of color.... Deadline: October 10, 2012 (Brief proposals)


Shubert Foundation Announces 2012-13 Grant Guidelines for Theater and Dance
The foundation provides general operating support to not-for-profit professional resident theater and dance companies in the United States as well as some arts-related organizations that help support their development.... Deadline: October 15, 2012 (Dance, Arts Related, Education); December 3, 2012 (Theater)


North Face Explore Fund Accepting Proposals for Programs to Connect Children With Nature - Grants of up to $2,500 will be made to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations for programs or projects that help connect children and youth to the outdoors.... Deadline: October 8, 2012


Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities Announces Round Two of Local Sustainability Matching Fund - Matching awards of $25,000 to $75,000 will be provided to build partnerships between local government sustainability directors and local place-based foundations to advance sustainability initiatives that demonstrate broad community support.... Deadline: October 1, 2012


American Association of School Librarians Invites Applications for National School Library Program of the Year Award - An award of $10,000 will be presented to up to three schools or school districts in honor of exemplary school library programs that are fully integrated into the school's curriculum.... Deadline: January 1, 2013


Project Ignition Offers Teen Driver Safety Service-Learning Grants to High School Students - Public high schools in the United States and the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Ontario, and New Brunswick are invited to apply for grants of $2,000 to support teen driver safety service-learning projects.... Deadline: November 15, 2012


National Science Teachers Association Invites Applications for Shell Science Teaching Award - An award of $10,000 will be presented to an outstanding classroom teacher (grades K-12) in the United States or Canada who has had a positive impact on his or her students, school, and community through exemplary science teaching.... Deadline: November 12, 2012


Call for Applications Open for Annual Vernier/National Science Teachers' Association Technology Awards - Cash and technology awards valued at $5,500 will be awarded to seven STEM educators from kindergarten to college level for their innovative use of data-collection technology in the science classroom.... Deadline: November 30, 2012


Kids In Need Teacher Grants Help Teachers Realize Their Dreams – Due Sept. 30

Kids In Need Teacher Grants provide K-12 educators with funding to provide innovative learning opportunities for their students. The Kids In Need Foundation helps to engage students in the learning process by supporting our most creative and important educational resource — our nation's teachers.


Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program - Application deadline: Sep 28, 2012. Provides graduate medical education payments to support community-based training. Payments will cover the costs of new residency programs in community-based ambulatory primary care settings.


Country Doctor of the Year Award - Application deadline: Oct 15, 2012.  Award to a physician who best exemplifies the spirit, skill, and dedication of America's rural medical practitioners.


Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program - Application deadline: Oct 15, 2012. Funding for needs related to planning and establishing community health networks.


2013 Pro Bono Physician Search - Application deadline: Dec 15, 2012. Provides a full service physician recruitment program to a medically underserved community.


Office of Rural Health Policy Rural Guide to Health Professions Funding - This guide includes information that will increase rural health care providers’ familiarity with the broad range of HRSA workforce funding. These multiple HRSA grant programs can work together to address the continuing multi-faceted rural health care delivery challenges. This guide also includes initiatives in other Federal departments. Organization: Office of Rural Health Policy. Date: 05 / 2012



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U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Heritage Tourism Webinar- Sept 20, 2012




Heritage Tourism for the North Central Region


Julie Avery (Michigan State University)

Francis Boggus (Community Planning and Development, Iowa) and

Larry Dickerson (University of Missouri)


September 20, 2012 (2:00 PM – Eastern Time)



About the webinar:

This initial webinar will overview the Heritage Tourism Initiative, discuss the seven heritage tourism modules, and focus on Module 1. This first session will introduce heritage tourism as a new concept, the importance of heritage tourism, and regional approaches. There will be a brief introduction of the Heritage Tourism resources (coming soon via web), ways to network and share resources, and a question and answer session. This is the first module in a series of 7 modules.


For a “sneak peek” of the webinar go to:


About the Speakers:

Julie Avery, cultural community and economic development specialist with Michigan State University Extension and curator at the MSU Museum has worked with cultural as a strategy for rural communities in community and economic development; curriculum development; and project coordination. Her museum work is focused on rural life and culture.

Francis Boggus, principal of Francis O. Boggus & Associates, LLC, provides direction and assistance for community planning and development. Francis led Iowa's Great Places Initiative at the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs for five years before establishing his own firm.

Larry Dickerson, community development specialist with the University of Missouri Extension, Boone County, has 40 years’ experience working in community, economic and organizational development in Alaska and Missouri.  Larry is co-author/editor of "Creating A Healthy Community" to be published by University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Press, fall of 2012.


Registration:  There is no registration for this webinar and no fee for attending this webinar.  Registration is preferred for modules 2 through 7 (


To join the webinar go to, “enter as a guest” is by default already chosen. Type your name into the text box provided, and click on “Enter Room”. You are now in the meeting room for the webinar.


The webinar will be recorded and archived at


To receive these announcements directly, or to correct errors in our distribution list, please email


Registration information for the Heritage Tourism modules 2 through 7 is located at:



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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Office Hours: Monday/Thursday – 8 AM – 6 PM (ET) / Friday 8 AM – 12 Noon (ET)


Friday, September 7, 2012

FW: NCRCRD Webinar Announcement (21 Years of First Impressions)

First Impressions is a great community assessment tool used in other states across the country; the FREE webinar below is an introduction to the program and will speak of the benefits reaped from participation. A handful of communities have mentioned to me interest in this type of a program; if there is additional interest, it might be worth bring the program to OK. I would encourage you to consider participating in the webinar with this purpose in mind.



From: North Central Regional Center for Rural Development []
Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2012 12:40 PM
Subject: NCRCRD Webinar Announcement (21 Years of First Impressions)


Feel free to share with others who may be interested in the upcoming webinar:




21 Years of First Impressions


            Andy Lewis (University of Wisconsin)

            Myra Moss (The Ohio State University)

            Kelly Nix (West Virginia University)


October 2, 2012 (Tuesday)

12:00 PM – Eastern Time


About the webinar:

First Impressions: A Time Tested Community Assessment Tool

First Impressions is a simple tool that has been around since 1991 and can be used as part of a broader economic development approach. There are many tools in the economic development toolbox that provide objective analysis of data, but few that get at people’s perceptions and attitudes. Both are important. It’s one of the early tools to apply (and re-apply) to help the community establish priorities for: Tourism development, Retail trade development. Business attraction/relocation decisions and Recruiting “talent” to town for employers (public, private for-profit, private non-profit).


This webinar will be led by three Extension educators in three different states that have used and evaluated the use of the program in their state. Participants will learn how this peer learning model can be used effectively to impact positive change within the community.


About the Speakers:

Andy Lewis is a Professor and Community Development Specialist with the University of Wisconsin-Extension Center. He is currently serving as Community and Economic Development Manager in the UW-Extension Office of Broadband Sustainability. He carries out the Wisconsin Idea by conducting applied research and educational programs that address community technology adoption. He has made numerous professional presentations and is the author of several community development publications. Andy is a four-time Chancellor’s Award recipient and was one of the co-authors of the award winning First Impressions community awareness program which has been recognized nationally and internationally for its innovation.

Myra Moss is Extension Educator, Community Development, with The Ohio State University. Responsibilities include program development, implementation and research throughout Ohio. Moss holds the faculty rank of Associate Professor with The Ohio State University. Her areas of specialization include sustainable community planning and development, energy and entrepreneurship. Over the past 13 years she has assisted 10 Ohio communities in the development and implementation of community plans based on principles of sustainability. Moss is a past President and Board member of the Ohio Economic Development Association. Her education includes an MBA and MA from Ohio University and a BA from Long Island University.

Kelly Nix is an Assistant Professor and Specialist at West Virginia University Extension Service in the CRED unit of Community, Economic and Workforce Development. In this role, she focuses her attention statewide on Community Development for community leaders. She is intimately involved in community programs such as First Impressions, Power of Ten, Tourism and other related Community Development Projects. More specific areas of interest and expertise include facilitation, strategic planning, organizational development, team building and project planning. Kelly is a certified facilitator in The Effective Facilitator with Leadership Strategies, Inc. and in Real Colors with the National Curriculum and Training Institute, Inc.

Registration: There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar.


To join the webinar go to, “enter as a guest” is by default already chosen. Type your name into the text box provided, and click on “Enter Room”. You are now in the meeting room for the webinar.


The webinar will be recorded and archived at


To receive these announcements directly, or to correct errors in our distribution list, please email



Rosa Soliz

Communications & Logistics Associate

North Central Regional Center for Rural Development

Agriculture Hall

446 W. Circle Drive, Room 66

East Lansing, MI 48824


NCRCRD Facebook Group:

Follow us on Twitter:

Webinar archives:



Office Hours: Monday/Thursday – 8 AM – 6 PM (ET) / Friday 8 AM – 12 Noon (ET)


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Pathways to Community Vitality: Helping Small Towns Succeed

Training for local development leaders . . . Heartland Center has been doing community development work for years and is a very well respected organization. This training opportunity will be first class and highly practical!

Heartland Center for Leadership Development

Pathways to Community Vitality:
Helping Small Towns Succeed



Milan Wall





Lied Lodge & Conference Center
2700 Sylvan Road
Nebraska City, NE 68410

Driving Directions

Tuesday October 23, 2012 at 8:00 AM CDT
Thursday October 25, 2012 at 5:00 PM CDT
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Register Today!


Learn Keys to Community Sustainability

Nebraska Rural Community Teams Qualify for Unique Scholarship

Discounted Rate for all Participants 


October 23-25, 2012

Lied Lodge and Conference Center

Nebraska City, Nebraska



"The Heartland Center gave the nation its first comprehensive training program for small town development 20 years ago and the program remains vibrant and useful to this day.  The highly skilled faculty packs a load of information into 3 days and creates a relaxed, enjoyable learning environment for all."


--Elaine Matthews, Senior VP, N.C. Rural Economic Development Center



There is still time to register for the Heartland Center's premier training institute designed to provide rural community leaders practical applications that can be used immediately in your community.  These skills include appreciative inquiry, clues to rural community survival, effective people attraction strategies and branding your community. 


Through our partnership with the Nebraska-based Sherwood Foundation, we are able to provide scholarships for rural Nebraska community leadership teams to attend this year's institute for $150 per team member.  In order to qualify, you must send at least a two-person team from your community.  Registration for others is $450 which is still a discount from our normal registration of $750! 


Join us for in-depth consideration of these timely topics:

  • Building Entrepreneurial Communities
  • Engaging and Empowering Youth
  • Utilizing Social Media to Strengthen Community Capitals
  • Creating a Unique Community Brand
  • Recruiting Alumni and Newcomers
  • Moving from Vision to Action 

Your registration fee covers tuition, breaks during the three days and lunch from Tuesday through Thursday.  Dinner meals are on your own and there is a wide variety of restaurants in Nebraska City.  Lodging at the Lied Lodge is $119.00/single and $129.00/double plus tax and includes next day breakfast.    


At these rates, registrations are filling up and capacity is limited by our training facilities at Lied Lodge.  To guarantee lodging availability, call 800-546-5433 by September 22 and ask for the Heartland Center rate.  Click on the links below to get more information about the institute and to register.  


"The Heartland Center's annual institute provides a unique learning experience to gain meaningful strategies, based on real stories from real communities, to advance small towns.  In addition to the learning gained from the Heartland staff and outside speakers, the networking and shared experiences from the other attendees is tremendously valuable."

--David Ivan, Community and Economic Development Specialist, Michigan State University-Extension 




Get more information

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Thank you for your interest in our annual institute.  If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact me.




Kurt Mantonya, Senior Associate

Heartland Center for Leadership Development



Heartland Center for Leadership Development | 3110 N. 40th St., Suite A | Lincoln | NE | 68504

Free Fall Webinar Series

See below for four new webinars on the following topics: retail design principles for horticulture, starting a lending program for microenterprises, using social networking for your local business, and best practices in food safety.  Enjoy!


From: [] On Behalf Of Mary Peabody
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2012 2:05 PM
Subject: [entrepreneursandtheircommunities-members] Webinar series begins September 13 with Retail Layout and Design for Horticultural Businesses


Colleagues -- Here is an announcement for the upcoming eXtension Entrepreneurs and Their Communities webinar series. Please help us to promote this by sharing with your colleagues, clients and collaborators! Apologies for cross-posting.

For immediate release

Webinar Series Opens with Retail Design Principles for Horticultural Businesses

Contact: Mary Peabody, Email:

Mark your calendars! The eXtension Entrepreneurship webinar series is back for our sixth season. All webinars will air monthly on the second Thursday at 2:00pm (ET); 1:00pm (CT); 12:00pm (MT); 11:00am (PT) at

On Thursday, September 13, 2012 we open with a special presentation for entrepreneurs on Retail Layout and Design Principles and Practices for Horticultural Businesses as we consider what customers care about when visiting retail horticultural businesses (garden centers, greenhouses, nurseries, wineries, produce outlets, farmstands, etc).  Whether you have an existing retail outlet or are contemplating one, it is important to know how consumers shop and what tangible and intangible cues encourage...or discourage them from walking through the store. Learn strategies and techniques, ranging from wall color choice to display surfaces, to design and enhance a space consumers find appealing.  Kathy Kelley is a Horticultural Marketing and Business Management Extension Specialist at Penn State University who joined the faculty in 2001. She works with businesses on how to identify target markets and understand consumer needs and desires for goods and services offered by the produce, wine and green industries.

On October 11 our webinar will feature Nancy Bowen, OSU Extension and Julie Miller, Wright State University Business Enterprise Center, who will be presenting, Establishing a Microenterprise Lending Program. Has your community been considering a micro-lending program? For a microenterprise development program to be successful, there must be both access to capital and technical assistance.  The presentation will be a "how to" on development of a micro-lending program that helps to level the playing field for entry into business ownership while strengthening rural economies.  The session will discuss the nuts and bolts of starting and sustaining a program, and anticipated results. 

The November 8 webinar will explore how social networking can promote local economies. Casey Hoy, Professor and Kellogg Endowed Chair in Agricultural Ecosystems Management at The Ohio State University will be our presenter this month for . Agriculture in its many forms still accounts for approximately one third of the Ohio economy.  Healthy agroecosystems, however, require a number of connections, or reconnections, of farms with: people and communities, economic opportunities, biodiversity, healthy soils.  Through various grants, the Agroecosystems Management Program of the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center is developing social networking tools to build local economies starting with food systems but also the advanced energy and renewable bioproducts that come from agriculture.  This presentation will describe our work in connecting entrepreneurs along supply chains leading to collaborative business networks that improve agroecosystem health.

On December 13 we will host a session on Best Practices in Food Safety for Processors. Londa Nwadike, UVM Extension Food Safety Specialist, will be our presenter as we explore common regulatory issues and safe food handling requirements. Geared to new producers and those considering a food processing business, this presentation will provide information on Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs), which are the basic sanitary and processing requirements necessary to ensure the production of safe and wholesome food. They are a key pre-requisite for HACCP programs and are essential to meeting FDA and USDA food safety requirements.

No pre-registration is required and there is no fee to participate. About 10 minutes prior to the start time simply go the Adobe Connect Pro meeting room at You will be presented with a login screen that has an "Enter as Guest" option. Enter your full name then click "Enter Room" to join the conference. You will be able to hear the audio directly from your computer’s speakers.

Newcomers to online learning are welcome!

Mary Peabody, UVM Extension Specialist, Community & Economic Development 
Associate Director, Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development 
617 Comstock Road, Suite 5
Berlin, VT  05602-9194
Phone:  802-223-2389 extension 202
or tollfree: 866-860-1382 extension 202
Fax:    802-223-6500
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