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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





August 2016




News Reports and Resources


Why America's Schools Have a Money Problem

Across the U.S. there is a tale of two types of education, with kids the same age, in the same grade attending schools that try to educate them with wildly different resources. On average, New York, Alaska, and Wyoming each spent more than $17,000 per student in 2013, while California, Oklahoma and Nevada spent roughly half that. Below, you can see that remarkable variation for yourself — and find out what schools are spending where you live.

The Global Impact of Air Conditioning: Big and Getting Bigger

A paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science examines the enormous global potential for air conditioning. As incomes rise around the world and global temperatures go up, people are buying air conditioners at alarming rates.

Britain's Big-Sort Moment
Daily Yonder | READ STORY

The Brexit vote in Britain looks familiar to folks who are watching the political divide in the United States. A map of the Brexit vote in Great Britain (on whether the country should leave the European Union) shows a pattern familiar to U.S. citizens. The cities voted one way (to stay) and the countryside voted the opposite (to Brexit). Like the United States, Great Britain is a country that is divided politically — and geographically.

Fewer Americans Believe Churches Key to Solving Social Problems
Pew Research Center | READ STORY

Americans appear to be growing more skeptical of how much of a difference churches and other houses of worship make in tackling social concerns. About four-in-ten Americans (39%) now say religious institutions make little to no contribution in this area.

As Clouds Head for the Poles, Time to Prepare for Food and Water Shocks

A changing climate means less rain and lower water supplies in regions where many people live and much of the planet’s food is produced: the mid-latitudes of the Northern and Southern hemispheres, including the U.S. Southwest, southern Europe and parts of the Middle East, southern Africa, Australia and Chile.


Paris Agreement: Getting Closer to "Entering into Force" this Year

If an additional 23 other nations follow through on their promises to join this year, countries representing about 54 percent of global emissions will have joined the Agreement, putting "entry into force" well within reach.





President's Corner


The Montana State University Extension Community Development (CD) Update will take place Sept. 9-10 at Big Sky Resort. We will start at noon on the 9th with a lunch meeting with NACDEP and CDS Board members. Don't miss this tremendous opportunity to spend two days with some of the leading CD educators from across the US presenting on their leadership, entrepreneurship, local government and related programs. Email for more information.

The FREE MSU Extension CD Occasional Webinar Series continues on Mon. Aug. 15 at 1:30 PM (Mountain Time) featuring Ray Rasker of Headwaters Economics who will give a demonstration of two free online tools for producing socioeconomic profiles: the Economic Profile System and Populations at Risk. Join the webinar here.

-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

IARSLCE 16th Annual Research Conference

September 26-28, 2016

New Orleans, LA

Sponsor: IARSLCE

National Urban Extension Conference 2017

May 8-11th, 2017

Bloomington, Minnesota

Sponsor: University of Minnesota

2017 CDS - NACDEP Conference

June 11-14, 2017

Big Sky, MT

Sponsor: CDS / NACDEP


Rural Community Investment

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: CHS, Inc.

Community Building Grants

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: Singing for Change

Sports and Community Development

Deadline: Open
Funder: Adidas Group

Urban Regional Community Development Specialist

Creating Whole Communities
University of Missouri Extension

Community Development Specialist

Department of Human Ecology
University of California Davis

National/International News

Protests Precede Brazilian Olympics

BBC, August 4th

Austrian Turkey, Austria Argue Over E.U. Membership

BBC, August 4th

Australia Commits to Climate Research

NY Times, August 3rd

Saudi Arabia Helps Stranded Indian Workers

Reuters, August 3rd

Montana News

Hardin Fire reaches 85% Containment

Billings Gazette, August 4th

Uber To Launch Across Montana

Billings Gazette, August 4th

Program Launched to Close Pay-Gap

KTVQ, August 3rd

Zika Virus in Yellowstone County

KPAX, August 4th







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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