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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





August 2015




News Reports and Resources


7 Proven Principles for Designing a Safer City
World Resources Institute | READ STORY

Good urban design could be an undervalued approach to making the world's roads safer. A new publication from the EMBARQ sustainable mobility initiative of WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities finds that seven design principles can help cities dramatically reduce road deaths.

A Global Middle Class Is More Promise than Reality
PEW Research Center | READ STORY

From 2001 to 2011 there was a historic reduction in global poverty. The number of people who could be considered middle income nearly doubled to 700 million people. But the emergence of a truly global middle class is still more promise than reality.

What Recovery? Report Reveals Rising Poverty for Children in America
Annie E. Casey Foundation | READ STORY

There are roughly three million more U.S. children living in poverty today than during the outbreak of the Great Recession in 2008, and the so-called economic recovery has bypassed children of color altogether, reveals the 2015 Data Book, released Tuesday by the Baltimore-based Annie E. Casey Foundation. This report evaluates information from numerous federal agencies from 2008 to 2013 to determine child well-being nationwide.


Child Poverty Rate Climbs by One-Third
USDA Economic Research Service | READ STORY

One in four rural residents under the age of 18 lives in poverty, according to a new study from the USDA Economic Research Service. The figure is even higher in counties that depend on manufacturing jobs, which eroded during the Great Recession.

A Multi-Trillion Dollar Opportunity for Better Growth
World Resources Institute| READ STORY

Momentum is building for a low-carbon economy. Evidence shows that businesses, investors and governments are realizing that strong climate action is a major opportunity for better growth. The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate recently launched Seizing the Global Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better Climate, which outlines strategies to achieve growth and climate action together.

Climate Change Seen as Top Global Threat
PEW Research Center | READ STORY

In advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this December, many publics around the world name global climate change as a top threat, according to a new Pew Research Center survey measuring perceptions of international challenges. This is particularly true in Latin America and Africa, where majorities in most countries say they are very concerned about this issue.




President's Corner


The International Association for Community Development (IACD) President, Charlie McConnell signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Community Development Society (CDS) President, Dave Lamie, during the annual CDS conference held in Kentucky in July. IACD's next conference is to be a joint conference with CDS in Minnesota, USA in July 2016 with the theme Sustaining Community Change: building local capacity to sustain development initiatives.


-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

7th Annual Millennium Campus Conference

August 11-15, 2015
New York, NY
Sponsor: Millennium Campus Network

Foundations of Applied Economic Development Research Training

August 18-20, 2015
Arlington, VA

Sponsor: The Council for Community and Economic Research

EDAC's 47th Annual Conference

September 19-22, 2015
Whitehorse, Yukon
Sponsor: Economic Developers Association of Canada

NACCED's 40th Annual Educational Conference and Training

October 4-7, 2015
Salt Lake County, UT

Sponsor: National Association for County Community and Economic Development

2015 NADO Annual Training Conference

October 24-27, 2015
New Orleans, Louisiana

Sponsor: NACDEP

Grants and Awards

Rural Community Development Initiative Grants

Deadline: Aug 13, 2015
Funder: USDA Rural Development

Our Town Grant Program

Deadline: Sept 21, 2015
Funder: National Endowment for the Arts

Safe Places to Play Grant

Deadline: Oct 2, 2015
Funder: US Soccer Foundation

Community Facility Loans

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: Rural Community Assistance Corporation

Developing Healthy Places

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: The Kresge Foundation

National/International News

Murkowski Energy Bill Avoids Hot Buttons

Alaska Public Media; Jul 22

Obama: Even the Best Job on Earth Deserves a Better Minimum Wage

Outside; Jul 22

Tensions rise over use of the great outdoors

Denver Post; Jul 23

Where does Boise's neighborhood money go?

Idaho Statesman; Jul 24

Scorched earth: U.S. wildfires near record level

USA Today; Jul 27

Montana News

Wired to Fail: stimulus money trying to expand broadband coverage to rural communities

Politico; Jul 28

Tech student creating new technology to put unmanned boat on the Berkeley Pit

Montana Standard; Jul 28

A Job-Seeker's Market: more job openings than workers

Flathead Beacon; Jul 29

Old mines die hard: Upper Clark Fork River Superfund Complex can't address big source of pollution

Missoula Independent; Jul 30

Soda Butte cutties will see another day

Jackson Hole Daily; Jul 30







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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