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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





December 2016


News Reports and Resources


U.S. Stands Out in How it Chooses Its Head of State

Pew Research Center | READ STORY

The short answer: No other democratic nation fills its top job quite the way the U.S. does, and only a handful are even similar. Besides the U.S, the only other democracies that indirectly elect a leader who combines the roles of head of state and head of government (as the U.S. president does) are Botswana, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, South Africa and Suriname.




Social Media Update 2016

Pew Research Center | READ STORY

Over the past decade, Pew Research Center has documented the wide variety of ways in which Americans use social media to seek out information and interact with others. Americans are using social media in the context of work (whether to take a mental break on the job or to seek out employment), while also engaging in an ongoing effort to navigate the complex privacy issues that these sites bring to the forefront.



Rural-Urban Voting Gap Widens
Daily Yonder | READ STORY

Final vote totals are not available, but it is possible to see a shift in the nature of American politics from 2012. Democrats saw big declines in their percentage of the vote outside the cities. (See chart.) Republican Trump, meanwhile, had a nearly 7.3 million vote deficit in metropolitan areas almost erased by totals in rural counties and counties with towns under 50,000 people.




Why Invest in Indigenous Lands?

World Resources Institute | READ STORY

New WRI research shows that securing indigenous forestland is also a low-cost, high-benefit investment and therefore makes good economic sense. Given the important role of forests in storing carbon, securing indigenous forestland is a sound climate mitigation strategy.



U.S. Clean Energy Transition Irrevocably Underway


NRDC’s Fourth Annual Energy Report published today brings optimistic news in a moment of uncertainty in the federal government: the nationwide momentum for clean energy is undeniable and irresistible because clean energy now costs less than dirty energy. The report, Accelerating Into a Clean Energy Future, includes extensive new evidence of the transition from climate-polluting fossil fuels to renewables and energy efficiency.



2016 Will Likely Be the Warmest Year on Record

The Weather Company | READ STORY

This year is likely to be the Earth's warmest year on record, fueled by El Niῆo conditions early in the year, and long-term warming from climate change. Temperatures for the world from January-September 2016 were 0.88 degree Celsius above the 1961-1990 average, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) recently announced.









The Community Development Society (CDS) and the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) received a huge number (over 250) of proposals for refereed presentations and posters for the 2017-CDS-NACDEP Conference. Notifications will be sent out by January 15.  The conference will be held at Big Sky Resort in Big Sky, Montana June 11-14, 2017. Lodging reservations can be made by calling (800) 548-4486. Reference “CDS-NACDEP” to receive discounted rates.  We look forward to sharing more information as conference planning continues.

-Paul Lachapelle
2016 MACDEP President


2017 Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education Conference

April 24-28, 2017

Minneapolis, MN

Sponsor: AIAEE

National Urban Extension Conference 2017

May 8-11, 2017

Bloomington, Minnesota

Sponsor: University of Minnesota

2017 CDS - NACDEP Conference

June 11-14, 2017

Big Sky, MT

Sponsor: CDS / NACDEP


IMLS: Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program

Deadline: January 13

Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services

IMLS: National Leadership Grants for Libraries

Deadline: January 13
Funder: Institute of Museum and Library Services

EPA: Environmental Justice Small Grants Program

Deadline: January 31
Funder: Environmental Protection Agency

Assistant Professor

Community Entrepreneurship & Applied Economics (CDAE) 
University of Vermont

Assistant Professor

Educational Leadership
University of North Dakota

national news

Southern Madagascar Drought

ABC News, December 6

Muslim-Owned London Restaurant Offers Free Christmas Meal

ABC News, December 6

GOP's New Water Bill

Fox News, December 6

Iraq War Vet Walks 5,800 Miles 

CNN, December 6

Putting Communities in the Driver's Seat of Development

Devex, December 6

App Detects Open Parking Spaces

Planetizen, December 6

A New Wave of Popular Fury Could Hit Europe in 2017

NY Times, December 6

Migration Takes Center Stage After IOM Joins the UN

Devex, December 6

montana news

Dakota Access Pipeline Will Be Completed

KBZK, December 6

Dead Geese in Berkeley Pit

KPAX, December 6

National Guard Unit Change of Command Ceremony

KULR, December 6

Butte Rescue Mission Gives Away Turkeys

KULR, December 6

Montana Supreme Court Considers Change to Lawyers Ethics Rule

KXLF, December 6

Local Government 2-Day Conference

Billings Gazette, December 6

Automated Anti-Icing System

KPAX, December 6

Tech Applying Emerging Technology to Bullet-Proof Vests

Billings Gazette, December 6


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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