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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





December 2011




News Reports and Resources


The Sustainable Innovation Gap

World Resources Institute | READ STORY

A recent article outlines the need for sustainable innovation and offers suggestions to further environmentally and economically sound practices.

Smoking Rates By Country
The Daily Good | READ STORY

The following infographic compares smoking rates by country, as well as information on anti-smoking measures that specific countries have adopted.

The Impact of Social Security
The Daily Yonder | READ STORY

The following map compares the percentage of personal income provided by social security for rural areas by state.

No Consensus on Economic Disparity
The Pew Research Center | READ STORY

A recent survey finds that Americans are divided in their perceptions of economic disparity, as indicated by the graph below.

Forests Succumb to Development in Southern States
World Resources Institute | READ STORY

A map released by the World Resources Institute identifies areas where urban and suburban development are destroying forests.



President's Corner

Our annual MACDEP meeting took place Nov. 8 with election of new Executive Committee members; welcome Mandie Reed, treasurer and Jennifer Anderson, secretary, and Barb Andreozzi, VP. Minutes from the meeting will soon be posted on the MACDEP website.

The Community Development Society 2012 Conference Call for Abstracts has been extended to Jan. 27.

-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

Rural Broadband Conference

December 14, 2011

Sponsor: USDA Rural Development

Missoula Businesswomen's Network Business Symposium

January 28, 2012, Missoula, MT

Sponsor: Missoula Businesswomen's Network

Focus on Rural Entrepreneurial Development

May 3-5, 2012 Bozeman, MT Sponsor: Prospera

2012 Rural Community Conference

May 15-16, Bozeman, MT

Sponsor: MSU Extension, Rural Development Inc, Montana Community Foundation

Grants and Awards

Smarter Cities Challenge
Deadline: December 16, 2011

Funder: IBM, Inc


Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums and Libraries
Deadline: February 1, 2012

Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Science


Smart Health and Well-Being Grants
Deadline: February 6, 2012

Funder: National Science Foundation


Encore Social Innovation Prize
Deadline: March 22, 2012

Funder: Civic Ventures, Encore Careers


Grants and Awards


US Ag Exports Higher Than Ever
Deseret News; November 16

Government Program Addresses IT Access for Low-Income Americans
Great Falls Tribune; November 8

Study Reports Increase in Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Spokane Spokesman-Review; November 4

Colorado Companies Incentivize Energy Saving
Denver Post; November 4

Study Finds US Firms Pay Less Tax
New York Times; November 3

Grants and Awards


Montana Policy Research Center Releases Unemployment Report
Great Falls Tribune; November 30

Montana Green Energy Business Recognized with Conference Invite
Missoulian; November 20

Foundations Empower Communities
Billings Gazette; November 15

Montana Co-op to Explore Geothermal Energy
Flathead Beacon; November 14

Montana Senator Stands Up for Rural Post Offices
Great Falls Tribune; November 10

Montana Forester Named to National Post
Missoulian; November 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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