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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





August 2011




News Reports and Resources


World Economic and Social Survey

United Nations Development Policy and Analysis Division | READ STORY

The World Economic and Social Survey provides analysis of pressing long-term social and economic development issues, and discusses the positive and negative impact of corresponding policies.

Energy Efficiency of Transportation
Daily Good | READ STORY

This infographic compares the energy efficiency of common modes of transportation.

The Social Cost of Carbon
World Resources Institute | READ STORY

This article investigates how economists and policy analysts calculate the costs of emissions.

The Overworked American
Daily Good | READ STORY

This infographic illustrates a major component of America's increasing productivity: longer hours and lower pay.

Report: How Obesity Threatens America's Future
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation | READ STORY

A new report finds that lower workforce productivity and medical costs caused by obesity may hamper America's efforts to compete in the global economy.

2.7 Million Jobs in Clean Economy
Daily Good | READ STORY

The "clean economy" provides 2.7 million jobs, more than the fossil fuel industry.

Smartphone Adoption and Usage Study

Pew Internet and American Life Project | READ STORY

This report examines smartphone use, including demographic trends.

Distracted Driving Survey
Centers for Disease Control | READ STORY

A recent survey examines the prevalence of distracted driving.

The Carbon Footprint of Protein Sources
Daily Good | READ STORY

This report compares the carbon footprints of various protein sources.

The Children Who Feed America
Theharvestfilm.com | READ STORY

A new film exposes the exploitation of young workers in American agriculture.

Healthcare Spending and Life Expectancy
Nationalgeographic.com | READ STORY

This report compares healthcare expenditures and life expectancy in different countries.



President's Corner

Several members of MACDEP attended the Community Development Society Conference and Western Rural Development Center CD Update in Boise, ID last week. Materials from the conference and the update should be posted on each website soon. Looking ahead, the Mobilizing Rural Communities Conference, co-sponsored by MSU Extension, takes place Sept. 14-15 in Great Falls, MT and some scholarship opportunities are still available.


-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

GIS Training Opportunity

August 16-18, Missoula


Montana Economic Developers Association Fall Conference

October 6-7, Kalispell


Mobilizing Rural Communities Conference

Sept 14-15, Great Falls


Community Development Academy

September 19-23, St Louis


Grants and Awards

Community-Based Grant Program

Deadline: August 14, 2011

Funder: Union Pacific

People's Garden Grant Program

Deadline: August 26, 2011

Funder: US Dept of Agriculture



Environmental Grants

Deadline: August 31, 2011

Funder: Patagonia

Community Challenge Planning Grant Program

Deadline: September 9, 2011

Funder: Dept of Housing and Urban Development



Grants and Awards


Boston Launches

Bike-Sharing Program

Planetizen; July 30


City Park Helps Town Through Recession

NPR; July 29


EPA Proposes Rules for Drilling Emissions
Casper Star-Tribune; July 29


$94 Billion Annual Funding Gap in Transportation

Planetizen; July 29


Automakers Agree to Strict New Fuel Efficiency Rules

New York Times; July 28


South Korea Tests 'Smart' Energy Grid

New York Times; July 28


Rural Population Hits New Low
Durango Herald; July 27


Obama Administration Considers New Forest Management Plan
Azcentral.com; July 25


Transportation Planning and Community Health

Planetizen; July 25


Former Interior Secretary Criticizes Public Lands Bill Seattle Times; July 25


The Role of Infrastructure in Economic Recovery

The Atlantic; July 25


LA Tries to Reduce Number of Cars

Metropolis; July 23


New Study Questions Carbon-Dioxide Reductions from Wind Energy
Forbes.com; July 19


Extinction of Predators Drastically Affect Ecosystems
Fastcompany.com; July 19


Land Use Factors and Travel

Planetizen; July 18


Designing Urban Parks to Promote Healthier Cities

Planetizen; July 16


Study: Forest Absorb More Greenhouses Than Previously Thought
Christian Science Monitor; July 15


Proposed Interior Budget Slashes Environmental Funding

Idaho Statesman; July 8


US Job Growth Slows in June

Financial Post; July 8

Corn Ethanol Subsidies May End
New York Times; July 7

EPA Releases New Coal Emissions Regulations

New York Times; July 5


Grants and Awards


Montana Marketing Coal Reserves to China
Missoula Independent; July 28


GNP Uses Human 'Mules' Due to Late Season Snowpack

Flathead Beacon; July 28


Montana Co-op Receives $70M to Expand Broadband Access

Montana Standard; July 28


Governor Creates Pipeline Safety Council

Billings Gazette; July 28

Widespread Contamination After Yellowstone River Oil Spill

Great Falls Tribune; July 27


Proposed Bill Would End CDL Exemption for Farmers
Billings Gazette; July 25


Study Predicts Larger, More Frequent Fires in Yellowstone

Great Falls Tribune; July 25


Yellowstone River Oil Spill Exposes Pipeline Information Gaps

Billings Gazette; July 21


Conservation Group Monitors Drilling Near GNP

Flathead News Group; July 20


Montana Land Board Considers Increase in Grazing Fees
Montana Standard; July 19


YNP Considers Additional Entrance
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; July 15


Secretary of Interior Meets with Montana Tribal Leaders
Great Falls Tribune; July 15


Federal Government to Create State Health Insurance Exchange

Helena Independent Record; July 15


Montana Congressman Attacks Lead Safety Rule

Great Falls Tribune; July 14


Montana Ranked 41st in Green Jobs

Great Falls Tribune; July 13


Economists Attack Farm Subsidies

Billings Gazette; July 12


Blackfeet College Building Receives Green Certification

Great Falls Tribune; July 12


Montana, Other States Explore Green Technology

Billings Gazette; July 9


Report Finds Montana Eighth-Least Obese State

Billings Gazette; July 8









MSU Extension

MSU Extension Community Development | Wilson Hall 2-117 P.O. Box 172240 | Bozeman, MT 59717-2240
Tel: (406) 994-3620
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