Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Oil and Gas Exploration discussed in Stillwater

Information below describes an upcoming series of 4 sessions on various aspects of oil and gas exploration. Feel free to share this information.


The first session in the series is Thursday, May 29 @ 6:30 pm, Stillwater Public Library.


From: Neurohr, Karen
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 4:45 PM
Subject: Science Cafe Community Series- Program One, Thurs., May 29


Hello. Due to community interest, we are offering a Science Café Series at the Stillwater Public Library, starting Thurs., May 29 at 6:30 p.m.
The speakers from the April Science Café at the OSU Library graciously agreed to speak again for this community series; however, we have added two additional speakers and we are setting up a forum for the final program.

My contact information is at the bottom of this message if you have any questions.

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Karen Neurohr, Associate Professor
Library Assessment & Community Outreach
Oklahoma State University, Edmon Low Library, 303
Stillwater, OK 74078-1071

405.744.2376 (w)


Messaging strategy worksheet for spreading the word

Sorry for cross postings. Everyday Democracy wants to help your community spread the word effectively, so they created this worksheet to help you develop a messaging strategy. Click the graphic to go to the worksheet.


From: set-iii-request@lists.msstate.edu [mailto:set-iii-request@lists.msstate.edu] On Behalf Of Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2014 2:43 PM
To: set-iv@lists.msstate.edu; set-iii@lists.msstate.edu
Subject: [set-iii] Might be helpful with the getting the word out.


Develop a strategy for spreading the word with this Messaging Worksheet

If you have a message that you want to spread to members in your community, you'll be more effective and reach more people if you have a clear strategy. Use this worksheet to help guide your team in creating a messaging strategy.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

FW: Learn How to Start a Master Composter Program in Your Community!

Hi All!


Hope that you are having a good weekend! Please forgive duplicate emails!


I've signed up for the webinar on starting a Master Composter Program in Your Community on the 13th thought some of you might be interested in learning about it for your community.


I believe that both webinars are the same, just at different times.  Let me know if you decide to attend one; perhaps those of us who do can talk about how we might use the ideas in OK.  There is talk of having an OK state conference on large scale organics composting in 2015, so this seems like a good intro.





Lynn M. Malley

Assistant State Extension Specialist

Solid Waste Management

Department of Agricultural Economics

Oklahoma State University

536 Agriculture Hall

Stillwater OK  74078-6026








From: OKrecycles [mailto:okrecycles-bounces@frodo.syminet.com] On Behalf Of Hershey, Ilda
Sent: Thursday, May 08, 2014 5:31 PM
To: okrecycles@recycleok.org
Subject: [OKRA] FW: Learn How to Start a Master Composter Program in Your Community!


This Master Composter Community Education Program is a Texas program so the organizers will only be able to certify participants who take the curriculum in Texas.  However, anyone may attend one of the free, online introduction webinars to learn more about the Texas program (and explore how such a program might be adapted to our needs and capabilities here in Oklahoma).


There have been Master Composter programs in Oklahoma in the past, but I don't believe any are active at this time.


The free webinars are on May 13 & June 3 (more info below).



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Subject: Learn How to Start a Master Composter Program in Your Community!


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Learn How to Start a Backyard Composting Program in Your Community!


What is Master Composter? 
Master Composter is a community-based program of citizen education and volunteer development to promote cost-effective and environmentally responsible yard-care practices, with backyard composting as its main focus. The
State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR) now serves as the statewide administrator for this program, and we provide training opportunities, curriculum, resources, and technical assistance to communities wanting to host Master Composter trainings in their area. 


Why compost?
The benefits from Master Composter spread beyond each person's yard. Composting decreases the amount of organic material we send to local landfills, and compost application minimizes urban runoff, decreases soil erosion, and helps conserve water - all while feeding your garden or lawn with nutrient-rich material!


Here's how to start composting in your community! 
STAR is partnering with Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) to provide introductory webinars and a community coordinator orientation over the next two months. A free, one-hour "Introduction to the Master Composter Program" webinar will be offered on both May 13th and June 3rd at 11 a.m. (this is the same webinar but we're offering two dates to make scheduling easier). Register now for the
May 13th webinar using this link and for the June 3rd webinar using this link.

STAR is also hosting a Local Community Coordinator Orientation at the KTB Annual Conference on Sunday, June 22nd from 12:30-5:30 p.m. in the Bosque Room at the Renaissance Hotel in Austin. The cost for the workshop is $20 and will cover workshop materials and light snacks. Prior attendance on one of the introductory webinars is required, and the registration link for the orientation will be sent out to webinar attendees after each session. This orientation will give municipalities, KTB affiliates, and other nonprofit groups the tools they will need to start hosting Master Composter trainings in their community!

For questions about the webinars, the orientation, or the Master Composter program, please contact Sara Nichols at STAR. We look forward to getting Master Composter in as many communities across Texas as we can!

P.O. Box 1317 | Austin, TX 78767 US

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Friday, May 9, 2014

FW: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding

From our colleagues at USDA-Rural Development


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC [mailto:Suzette.Agans@wdc.usda.gov]
Sent: Friday, May 09, 2014 8:14 AM
Subject: Publications, Tools, Learning, and Funding




Optimism Takes Root in the Spring
Springtime is when people are accustomed to seeing new growth, and so it is with the regional economy in early 2014. Recent data point to progress on a range of key economic indicators, from employment to manufacturing, and Financial Update's "EconBrief" discusses what they might imply going forward.


Economic & Financial Highlights
View the latest series of charts from our Economic & Financial Highlights page, including new data on core capital goods, Federal Reserve assets and liabilities, house prices, and unemployment claims.


Economic Gardening: A Homegrown Approach to Growth
How effective are economic development strategies that seek to grow local entrepreneurship and small businesses? Todd Johnson at Gallup and Dell Gines at the Kansas City Fed explore the successes and challenges associated with this approach in an Economic Development podcast. ( audio [12:47] | transcript)




A Practical Playbook - The de Beaumont Foundation, the Duke University Department of Community and Family Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have developed A Practical Playbook: Public Health & Primary Care Together that offers a new vision for linking health care and community wealth building. The Playbook offers toolkits to complete community health needs assessments, guides for achieving health equity, and a range of other resources to help communities, local governments, and healthcare professionals advance community health. Find Out More»


EPA Releases EnviroAtlas Ecosystem Mapping Tool -  http://enviroatlas.epa.gov/enviroatlas/ - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released EnviroAtlas, a web-based interactive tool that integrates over 300 separate data layers, helps decision makers understand the implications of planning and policy decisions on our fragile ecosystems and the communities who depend on goods and services from these ecosystems. EnviroAtlas is designed for people from all levels of government, professionals, researchers, educators, non-governmental organizations, and anyone interested in considering the benefits or impacts of a decision, such as siting a new road or city park.

EnviroAtlas can help people learn about ecosystems, and how they provide us with benefits such as clean air and water; opportunities for recreation; and protection from severe weather, such as hurricanes and floods. EnviroAtlas also highlights how ecosystems provide habitats for plants, fish, and wildlife as well as the materials people need to produce food, clothing, shelter, and pharmaceuticals, and provides maps on all of these topics.

EnviroAtlas integrates geospatial data from a variety of sources to allow users to visualize and analyze how decisions impact ecosystems and their ability to provide goods and services. Communities are often faced with difficult decisions, such as trade-offs between transportation, residential or commercial development and maintaining local wetlands, urban greenspaces, or urban forests. EnviroAtlas helps communities better understand the potential benefits and drawbacks of their decisions by providing data, maps, information and tools to analyze relationships between nature, health and well-being, and the economy.

EnviroAtlas combines hundreds of data layers developed through collaboration between EPA; US Geological Survey; US Forest Service; other federal, state, and non-profit organizations; and several universities. Using powerful web application tools, it lets users generate customized maps and images that show the condition of their local community’s air, water, and landscape; as well as population density and other demographic data. Users can investigate land cover patterns, see how ecosystem services reduce pollution, and view closer to true scale data to compare them across selected communities.

EnviroAtlas is available to anybody with access to a computer and an internet connection. No special software is needed. It is currently not optimized for smartphone or tablet use, but a mobile-friendly version is planned for the future. Using tools like EnviroAtlas to make informed decisions will help ensure that people can continue to enjoy economic, social, and environmental benefits of ecosystems now and in the future.



New Short Film Shares Western Communities’ Lessons Learned on Preparing for Boom and Bust Cycles

Energy development is booming in the West, bringing new jobs and economic growth.  However, many communities that have seen energy booms in the past have found that those booms eventually end, leaving local and regional leaders to deal with economic, fiscal, social, and environmental challenges.  “Preparing for the Boom,” a new 20-minute film from the Sonoran Institute and Future West, shares lessons learned from communities that have experienced energy-related growth and decline in the voices of local elected officials and other local and regional leaders from places like Bakken, MT; Saratoga, WY; and Garfield County, CO.  The film highlights successes, missed opportunities, and recommendations in order to help today’s energy communities learn from the experiences of others so they can chart a more promising course through energy booms and beyond.  Click here to watch “Preparing for the Boom.” 





RECORDED WEBINAR: Promise Zones, recorded rural webinar, draft application materials and updated webpage: https://www.onecpd.info/promise-zones/ (I found I could not access this site on some computers, if this happens to you, try another one).


John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Accepting Fellowship Applications From Artists and Scholars in the United States and Canada - DEADLINE: September 19, 2014. The annual fellowship program seeks to further the development of scholars and artists by helping them engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions....


Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Accepting Applications for 2014-15 Observers Program - DEADLINE: July 31, 2014. Twenty-five emerging directors and choreographers will receive a stipend (plus travel expenses) to observe the work of master directors and choreographers as they create productions on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and at leading regional theaters across the country....


William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts Invites Applications From African-American Artists -DEADLINE: September 15, 2014

The $25,000 prize is awarded annually to an early-career African-American artist working in the area of painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation, and/or a new genre....


Moyer Foundation Seeks Applications for Youth Grief, Substance Abuse Programs - DEADLINE: August 14, 2014

Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to organizations in Pennsylvania and Washington that serve children and teens in the areas of bereavement and grief support and/or drug and alcohol dependency....


Council on Economic Education Seeks Applications for Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champion Award - DEADLINE: May 30, 2014. The $5,000 award recognizes K-12 teachers who instill in students an understanding of economics and the tools to make informed and responsible decisions that they will carry with them as they grow into successful and productive adults....


Wild Ones Invites Applications for Native Plant Education Projects -DEADLINE: October 15, 2014

Grants of up to $500 will be awarded in support of projects designed to strengthen an appreciation for nature among young people....


Westinghouse Electric Invites Applications for STEM-Based Projects - DEADLINE: November 14, 2014

Grants of up to $3,000 will be awarded to three schools in support of a creative, hands-on project focused on science, technology, engineering, or mathematics....




Newsletters and email from where I gather this information include:


v  Foundation Center RFP Service -  To subscribe or unsubscribe, or to change your e-mail address, visit: http://foundationcenter.org/newsletters/

v  To subscribe to the RAC Health Listserv - click here to go to the subscription form.

v  Electronic newsletter of the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Rural Entrepreneurship NewsTo subscribe, http://team.energizingentrepreneurs.org/news2/public_html/lists/?p=subscribe  

v  Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City newsletter: http://www.kansascityfed.org/alert/

v  Blue Avocado Nonprofit Magazine - They have a newsletter on boards and nonprofit management, down-to-earth and useful.  http://www.blueavocado.org/

v  Rural LISC e-newsletter - http://www.lisc.org/rural

v  National Association for Development Organizations (NADO) – www.nado.org

v  ERS - A notification service is provided by USDA's Economic Research Service for Charts of Note and other research to keep you informed of the latest and most relevant research on the topics that interest you. You can subscribe at http://www.ers.usda.gov/Updates/

v  Department of Labor – Email Subscription Service - https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDOL/subscriber/new?topic_id=USDOL_167

v  Good Done Great - Knowledge Sites – webinars and websites geared to nonprofits – to subscribe - http://4good.us1.list-manage.com/profile?u=04c75b52bdc230f3f32ad149d&id=7dc46f4ba6&e=53110692a1

v  Orton Family Foundation – email sign-up - http://www.orton.org/sign_up


This is the bulk of them, a few others are random.


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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

FW: Publications, learning, funding, and Misc.

From our colleagues at USDA-RD.


From: Agans, Suzette - RD, Washington, DC [mailto:Suzette.Agans@wdc.usda.gov]
Sent: Friday, May 02, 2014 2:19 PM
Subject: Publications, learning, funding, and Misc.



Rural counties lead growth in U.S. natural gas production - From 2000 to 2011, onshore gross withdrawals of natural gas in the lower 48 States increased by about 47 percent, reaching historic highs in every year after 2006. The most rural of counties—those that are outside the commuting area of a metropolitan area and lack a core urban area of at least 10,000 people, so called “nonmetro noncore”—accounted for nearly half of the growth in gas production. This growth is driven by nonmetro noncore gas-producing areas in the country’s midsection. Several metropolitan areas, notably the Fort Worth area in Texas, also contributed to the growth in natural gas production. Nonmetro micropolitan counties (nonmetro counties with small cities) as a whole accounted for only about 13 percent of the growth in natural gas production from 2000 to 2011. This chart and the underlying data (which include data on natural gas and oil production, as well as indicators of the degree of rurality) are found in the ERS data product, County-level Oil and Gas Production in the U.S., released in January 2014.





WEBINAR: Community Branding webinar on May 8th; 


WEBINAR: Creative Thinking about Rural Food Systems, by  Creative Art-Force, Inc. and the Center for Rural Affairs will be presenting during a webinar on May 8 at 1:00 PM ET on Creative Thinking about Developing Rural Food Systems. The free webinar will explore challenges and responses in building healthy, sustainable food systems in rural areas. Register here.


WEBINAR: The Future is Now: What’s Next in American Infrastructure, Friday, May 16, 2014, 9:30 - 11:30am
The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC




Disruptive market, demographic and environmental dynamics are fundamentally reshaping America’s economic landscape. In this new reality, the United States must redouble its effort to rebuild and renew the critical infrastructure assets that will enable the growth of a more productive, inclusive, and resilient economy. This is no small task. As the federal government continues to scale back its role in the sector, a new generation of ideas and innovators are needed to fill the gap.

On May 16, the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings will host a series of presentations and discussion sessions highlighting young leaders who are fundamentally rethinking America’s critical infrastructure systems.  This event will be live webcast. Join the conversation on Twitter at #RebuildRenew and learn more about Infrastructure Week





Urban and Non-Urban Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) — SGA-14-02

The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) announces the availability of approximately $6 million in grant funds to provide job training, counseling, and placement services (including job readiness, literacy, and skills training) to expedite the reintegration of homeless veterans into the labor force in urban or non-urban geographical areas. The HVRP grants intend to address two objectives: to provide services to assist in reintegrating homeless veterans into meaningful employment within the labor force and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems facing homeless veterans. Successful applicants will propose programs that expedite the reintegration of eligible homeless veterans into the labor force by providing job-driven training, placement services, counseling, supportive services, and other assistance. Competitive awards will range from a minimum of $100,000 to a maximum of $300,000 for each Urban grant and from a minimum of $100,000 to a maximum of $200,000 for each Non-Urban grant. Closing Date: May 13, 2014. Read the Full Announcement (PDF)


Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Accepting 'Electronic Postcards' for Building Bridges Program - DEADLINE: June 27, 2014 (Electronic Postcards)

Grants of up to $300,000 will be awarded to nonprofits in support of cultural programs or projects intended to increase public knowledge and understanding of Muslim societies through arts or media-based experiences....


Open Society Foundations Invites Applications for Social Justice Photography Projects  - DEADLINE: July 8, 2014

Grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded for photography projects that address a pressing social justice or human rights problem and provide concrete ways for photographers, organizations, and their target audiences to create a positive social impact....


James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation Accepting Applications for Arts and Education Programs  - DEADLINE: July 21, 2014

Grants will be awarded in support of arts organizations and programming and K-12 education organizations in Oregon....


Lincoln Financial Group Invites Submissions for 2014 Lincoln's Legacy Award  - DEADLINE: June 6, 2014

A $50,000 grant will be awarded to a nonprofit organization whose programs have boosted high school graduation rates and college preparedness....


Sun Life Financial Invites Applications From Nonprofit Organizations for Rising Star Awards  - DEADLINE: June 9, 2014

Grants of $50,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations working to promote the academic achievement of underserved youth in Boston, Nashville, San Francisco, South Florida, and the Tulsa/Oklahoma City area....


National Resource Center for First-Year Experience Invites Applications for Paul F. Fidler Research Grants  - DEADLINE: July 1, 2014

One grant of $5,000 will be awarded for a project aimed at improving the experiences of college students transitioning into and through higher education....


International Reading Association Invites Applications for Regie Routman Teacher Recognition Grant  - DEADLINE: November 15, 2014

A grant of $2,500 will be awarded to an outstanding elementary school teacher dedicated to improving teaching and learning of reading and writing across the curriculum....


National Weather Association Invites Applications for K-12 Meteorological Education Projects  - DEADLINE: June 1, 2014

Grants of up to $750 will be awarded to help teachers and others improve K-12 education in meteorology and related sciences....


L'Oreal Paris Seeking Nominations for 2014 Women of Worth Awards - DEADLINE: June 25, 2014

Ten women will receive $10,000 each in recognition of their efforts to make a difference in the world through voluntarism....


THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE is offering grants to states, local government, and Indian Tribes for funding to help the transitions of individuals leaving prison and jail and returning to society. Deadline: 6/2/2014. Click here for more information and to apply.


USDA is offering grants to collaborative state, tribal, local, or regionally-based networks or partnerships of qualified public and/or private entities including community-based organizations for the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.  Deadline to apply: 6/12/2014. For application requirements, click  here.


THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION is offering grants to nonprofits, public agencies, and others for STEM Learning Projects. Deadline: 7/10/2014. Grants will be offered to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments.  They will also provide multiple pathways for broadening access to STEM learning experiences, and provide other activities. Click here for guidelines and an application.  


USDA announced that it will be accepting applications for other new Rural Business Investment Companies.  Deadline to apply: 7/29/2014. Any application accepted after this deadline will be held for consideration next year. Application materials can be downloaded here.  


The IRS has announced a funding opportunity today with the opening of the application period for eligible organizations to administer/operate the Volunteer Income Assistance Tax Program.  The IRS provides grants to organizations to achieve the following program objectives:

1)Enable the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program to extend services to underserved populations in hardest-to-reach areas, both urban and non-urban;

2)Increase the capacity to file returns electronically;

3)Heighten quality control;

4)Enhance training of volunteers; and

5)Improve significantly the accuracy rate of returns prepared at VITA sites.

The VITA Grant program supplements the work already being done in the VITA Program by providing support to help organizations grow their existing programs.

See http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p4671.pdf





1) The April 23, 2014 FEDERAL REGISTER contains the Request for Information from the three Departments with twelve proffered questions for examination and response.  The Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Labor seek to further support the development of high-quality career pathways systems by jointly soliciting information and recommendations from a broad array of stakeholders in the public and private sectors, as well as in State, regional, tribal, and local areas.  The information collection from the RFI will be used to:

(1) Inform and coordinate policy development, strategic investments, and technical assistance activities; and

(2) improve coordination of Federal policy development with investments at the State, tribal and local levels.

Responses must be received by June 9, 2014.


Who Should Respond: (The Departments) invite practitioners, policy makers, funders, business and industry associations, and researchers to provide information, including those who are, or those who work in:

·         Employers, Businesses, and/or Associations of Employers, such as local and regional employers and businesses, trade/industry associations, and others.

·         Education, such as State and local agencies; adult education, corrections/re-entry, elementary/secondary special education, and career and technical education programs; community and technical colleges; institutions of higher education; tribal, community, and faith-based organizations; youth service providers; and student organizations.

·         Workforce Development, such as State, regional, tribal and local agencies; youth service providers; State and local workforce investment boards; training providers; community- and faith-based organizations; workforce intermediaries; sector-based training partnerships; American Job Centers; Registered Apprenticeship programs; student organizations (career-focused); and others in the workforce development field.

·         Human Services, such as State, tribal, and local TANF agencies; and community- and faith-based organizations.

·         Economic Development, such as State and local agencies, regional skills partnerships, planning and development organizations, area development districts, councils of governments, economic development associations, and economic development corporations. Others, such as research organizations, philanthropic funders, advocacy organizations, think tanks, and associations.


2) EPA Solicits Public Comments on Action Plan for RE-Powering America’s Land

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking public comments on the draft action plan for its RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative. The plan guides EPA’s efforts over the next two years to encourage renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites when such development is aligned with the community’s vision for the site. The cleanup of contaminated land and the production of renewable energy will provide long-term improvements to air quality in communities, while protecting public health.

In 2010, the RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative published its first management plan to provide a useful framework to engage stakeholders on the potential to site renewable energy on contaminated lands and track progress. This second action plan, Action Plan 2.0, identifies activities planned for the next two years.

The agency will solicit comments for 30 days. Comments on the proposed plan are due by Friday, May 30.To submit a comment, please send to cleanenergy@epa.gov

A copy of the draft Action Plan 2.0: http://www.epa.gov/oswercpa/action_plan.htm



Suzette M. Agans

Community and Economic Development
Rural Development | U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W. | Washington, D.C. 20250-3253
Phone: 202.401.1922 | Fax 202.401.7311


"Committed to the future of rural communities"
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