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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





February 2013




News Reports and Resources


Federal Real Estate Spending
Smart Growth America | READ STORY

This study by Smart Growth America claims that federal government spending in the real estate market has a significant impact on the location and nature of real estate development. Federal government spending in real estate amounts to approximately $450 billion a year, and Smart Growth America argues that the positive impact leveraged by this investment is distributed unevenly, such that many of the communities most in need of help remain unassisted by the spending.

Libraries Today

Pew Internet | READ STORY

In a new survey of Americans' attitudes and expectations for public libraries, the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project finds that many library patrons are eager to see libraries' digital services expand, yet also feel that print books remain important in the digital age. Fully 91% of Americans ages 16 and older say public libraries are important to their communities; and 76% say libraries are important to them and their families.

Rural Household Income
Daily Yonder | READ STORY

The national median for U.S. household income in 2011 was $50,502. The median household income of less than 400 rural and exurban counties exceeded the national figure. This succinct report by the Daily Yonder encapsulates the income standing of rural and exurban counties, showing that, while a few of these counties rank well above the national median, there remains a strong disparity between rural and urban income.

Worldwide Obesity

The 2012 update to the OECD Obesity and the Economics of Prevention report shows that, while increases in the obesity rate fell short of previous predictions, the United States remains the most obese country among those tracked in the report, and the rate of obesity has continued to rise since 2000, with an additional 8% increase projected before 2020.

Risk Factors and Cause of Death

This interactive tool, included among other, similar tools by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, presents the highest ranking worldwide risk factors and causes of death. The visualization shows the change in rank between 1990 and 2010. High blood pressure, smoking, and alcohol use now rank as the highest risk factors, while heart disease, respiratory infections, and stroke rank as the most common causes of death.

Election Results 2012
Robert J. Vanderbei | READ STORY

Robert J. Vanderbei of Princeton University provides a series of figures demonstrating county by county results in the 2012 presidential election. In addition to providing an overview of the election results, the maps demonstrate the complex relationship between urban and rural voter influence, drawing attention (like the cartograms of Mark Newman) to the significance of population distribution in determining election results.



President's Corner
The Montana State University Local Government Center is pleased to announce release of the latest issue of the Montana Policy Review titled "Community Responses to Energy Development." The upcoming webinar schedule will be announced soon; previous issues and archived webinars are also available.

In related news, the Local Government Extension Training (LGET) group recently hosted a webinar titled "The Missouri County Budget Trend Analysis System" by Dr. Judy Stallmann. All archives are posted on the LGET archived webinar page.

As a final reminder, the 2013 Community Development Society Conference will be held July 20-24, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. The Call for Abstracts provides all the details; the deadline is Feb. 15, 2013.

-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

12th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

February 7-9, 2013
Kansas City, MO
Sponsor: Local Government Commission

National Rural Assembly 2013

June 23-26, 2013
Washington D. C. Metro Area
Sponsor: National Rural Assembly

Beyond the Boundaries: Creating Innovation Through Regional Collaboration

July 20-24, 2013
Charleston, SC
Sponsor: Community Development Society

2013 Rural Sociological Society Annual Meeting

August 6-9, 2013
New York, NY
Sponsor: Rural Sociological Society


September 15-22, 2013
Pittsburgh, PA
Sponsor: Joint Council of Extension Professionals

Grants and Awards

Adult Literacy Grants

Deadline: February 28, 2013
Funder: Dollar General Literacy Foundation

College Scholarship Program

Deadline: March 1, 2013
Funder: Foundation for Rural Service (FRS)

Drug-Free Communities Support Program

Deadline: March 22, 2013
Funder: Office of National Drug Control Policy & SAMHSA

Grants to Enhance the Lives of Vulnerable People Worldwide

Deadline: Open
Funder: The Rockefeller Foundation

Grants to Enhance Community Programs

Deadline: Open
Funder: The Coca-Cola Foundation

National/International News

GE Sets Solar Cell Efficiency Record

Denver Post; January 25

Jobless Claims Drop to Five-Year Low

Salt Lake Tribune; January 24

US 2012 Home Sales at Five-Year High

Idaho Statesman; January 22

Canada Ranks High in Global Mining Industry

Vancouver Sun; January 21

CO Wildfires Total $538M Damage in 2012

Denver Post; January 17

Montana News

Collared Missoula Grizzlies Detected by Radio

Missoulian; January 24

Juneau Requests Dropout Age Increase

MT Standard; January 23

Mixed Reception for Shoot-on-Sight Bill

Helenair; January 22

Legislator Urges Natural Resource Development

Ravalli Republic; January 22

MT Unemployment at Four-Year Low

Great Falls Tribune; January 18







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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