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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





August 2013




News Reports and Resources


Rural Poverty Persistence

The persistence of poverty over time is a better indicator of a region's well-being than are poverty levels from any isolated moment in time. This map identifies counties in which 20% or more of the population has persistently been below the poverty line during the past 30 years.

Single Father Households

Pew Social Trends | READ STORY

Only 1% of households with minors were headed by single fathers in 1960. On the most recent report, this number has increased to 9%. Single fathers, so understood, span a variety of circumstances and living situations; just as an increasing number of roles are being played by women in the household, men are coming to perform more and more varied household functions.

Driving in the Country
Atlantic Cities | READ STORY

Although homicide rates are higher in metropolitan areas, this article by the Atlantic shows that the risk of suffering injury or death in an automobile accident is actually much higher in rural areas: in fact, you are twice as likely to die in a car accident in rural areas than you are in the city.

The Disappearance of the Rural
Daily Yonder | READ STORY

The Daily Yonder reports on a public opinion poll showing that there is general concern that small towns are disappearing, and that the rural culture kept alive thereby may be at risk. Rural populations are split with regard to a number of social and ideological issues, but converge on many others, including the central importance of retaining the rural way of life.

Food Insecurity

A food-insecure household, according to the USDA, is a household in which one or more members are from time to time unable to eat due to insufficient money or resources. The number of food-insecure households in the United States has increased during the past decade, rising from 10.7% in 2001 to 14.9% in 2011.

Why Healthcare Costs So Much
Carrington College | READ STORY

This infographic, provided by Carrington College, analyzes the causes and reasons behind the ever-increasing cost of healthcare in the United States, explicating the diverse and multivalent recipe of factors involved in the mix.

Community Happiness and Social Media
Atlantic Cities | READ STORY

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and Michigan State University have developed algorithms by which millions of posts to the social networking website Twitter have been analyzed for their "happiness content." The result is a dataset showing the relative levels of happiness, or "wellbeing," for 1300 U.S. counties.



President's Corner
The NACDEP Association meeting schedule and Galaxy Conference (Sept. 16-20, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA) agenda is now available.

The MSU Extension Annual Conference session RFP is now available with a due date of Aug. 19. The conference will be Oct. 22-24 in Bozeman, MT.

Announcing a Call for Papers on "Democratic Practice and Community Development" as a Special Issue of Community Development: The Official Journal of the Community Development Society. The special issue will uncover creative tensions and opportunities among diverse perspectives on the theory and practice of community development and provide examples of community development practice that influences the democratic capacity of citizens. Additional information may be found at this link with a deadline for submitting an abstract of Sept. 1, 2013.

-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

Midwest Community Development Institute

August 5-8, 2013
Moline, IL
Sponsor: Community Development Institute

Rural Sociological Society

August 6-9, 2013
New York, NY
Sponsor: RSS


September 16-20, 2013
Pittsburgh, PA
Sponsor: NACDEP

University Economic Development Association

October 27-30, 2013
Pittsburgh, PA
Sponsor: University Economic Development Association

International Association for Community Development

June 9-11, 2014
Glasgow, Scotland
Sponsor: International Association for Community Development

Grants and Awards

Project Learning Tree Greenworks! Grant

Deadline: September 30, 2013
Funder: Project Learning Tree

Grant to Support Science or Math Education: K-5 Teachers

Deadline: October 1, 2013
Funder: Toshiba America Foundation

Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series (R13)

Deadline: October 17, 2013
Funder: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH

Grants for Environmental, Economic and Social Sustainability Initiatives

Deadline: December 1, 2013
Funder: The Ray C. Anderson Foundation

Regional & National Grants

Deadline: Open
Funder: Aetna Foundation

National/International News

House Committee Advances Energy Bill

Durango Herald; July 25

New Explanation for Colony Collapse Disorder

LA Times; July 24

EPA Reverses Idaho Pollution Decision

Idaho Statesman; July 24

Colorado Rural Health at Risk

Denver Post; July 24

New Rules for Firefighting

CSM; July 23

Montana News

Local Company on Good Morning America

Independent Record; July 25

Public Road Analysis in Flathead

Missoulian; July 24

Montana Forest Plan Suit Thrown Out

Helena IR; July 22

Bakken Oil Boom is Montana Amtrak Boom

Billings Gazette; July 21

$2 Mil Pledged for Montana Entrepreneurs

Great Falls Tribune; July 19







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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