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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





September 2014




News Reports and Resources


U.S. Business R&D Highly Concentrated by State and Metropolitan Location
National Science Foundation | READ STORY

This brief provided by the National Science Foundation discusses where business research and development (R&D) is located. According to the report nearly half of the research and development paid for and performed by companies in the 50 United States and the District of Columbia in 2011 was performed in five states: California, Washington, Texas, Massachusetts, and Michigan. It also found that business R&D is concentrated in a small number of states, with the 10 states with the highest levels of R&D performance accounting for $163 billion (70%) of the $233 billion total.

Food Environment Atlas

This interactive map put together by the USDA has two objectives: First, to assemble statistics on food environment indicators to stimulate research on the determinants of food choices and diet quality and second, to provide a spatial overview of a community's ability to access healthy food and its success in doing so.

Track a Century of U.S. Development With a Tool That Centralizes Old Maps
Citylab | READ STORY

This interactive map tool provided by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) allows those interested in cartography and development a way to view the agency's expansive collection. The website allows the user to access over 178,000 maps going back to 1884; the maps are also searchable by city. It is possible to layer maps on each other which allows for a very clear visual representation how a city or area has expanded.


State of the World's Rivers
International Rivers | READ STORY

The State of the World's Rivers is an interactive web database that illustrates data on ecological health in the world's 50 major river basins. Indicators of ecosystem health are grouped into three categories: River Fragmentation, Biodiversity, and Water Quality. Each focus basin describes the threats from dam building, and allows users to see how dams can impact Ramsar Sites of Wetlands of International Importance and UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Billion-Dollar Weather

The graphic presented by NOAA helps to show how the different types of identified U.S. Billion-dollar disaster events have changed over time. This interactive graphic is part of the U.S. Billion-dollar Weather/Climate Disaster report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations' National Climatic Data Center which provides readers with an aggregated loss perspective for major weather and climate events since 1980.

Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change

Securing Rights, Combating Climate Change analyzes the growing body of evidence linking community forest rights with healthier forests and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. This report makes a strong case for strengthening the rights of indigenous and local communities over their forests as a policy tool for mitigating climate change. A helpful infographic that goes with this report may be found here.



President's Corner

This year's Montana Extension Community Development Update will coincide with the Montana Non-Profit Association Annual Conference and Community Foundation Education Pre-conference Workshop on Wed. Oct. 1 in Helena, MT. Travel funds are available for agents; please contact Community Foundation Education Program Director for more information.

-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

2014 UEDA Annual Summit

Sep 28-Oct 1, 2014
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sponsor: UEDA

15th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium

Oct 5-8, 2014
Edmonton, Alberta
Sponsor: Engagement Scholarship Consortium

Applications of the Community Capitals Framework in Natural Resource Planning, the Environment and Community Vitality

November 5-7, 2014
Lincoln, Nebraska
Sponsor: Community Capitals Framework Institute

14th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

January 29-31, 2015
Baltimore, MD
Sponsor: New Partners for Smart Growth and The Local Government Commission

Grants and Awards

Community Grants

Deadline: Rolling Deadline
Funder: The Safeway Foundation

Support for Organizations Assisting Low-Income Communities

Deadline: Open
Funder: The Kresge Foundation

Sustainable Development Program

Deadline: Rolling
Funder: Rockefeller Brothers Fund

Learning and Leadership Grants

Deadline:October 15, 2014
Funder: NEA

National/International News

Analysts Say: Bike Share Programs Are Good For All

Common Dreams August 13

A Dozen States File Suit Against New Coal Rules

KBZK; August 26

Pentagon has spent an average of $7.5 million per day in Iraq for last three months

Washington Post; August 29

US manufacturing grows at fastest pace in 3½ years

Denver Post; August 29

Swirls of Dust and Drama, Punctuating Life in the Southwest

NY Times; August 29

Montana News

Arctic Grayling Won't Receive Federal Protection

Ravalli Republic; August 20

EPA to open environmental crimes office in N.D.

Billings Gazette; August 22

Reinventing the Ranch

Bozeman Daily Chronicle; August 24

Moving Back-home Together

New York Times; August 25

Alcohol education now mandatory at all Montana universities

Missoulian; August 29







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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