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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





February 2014




News Reports and Resources


Vaccine-Preventable Outbreaks
Council on Foreign Relations | READ STORY

A new a Council on Foreign Relations interactive map documents "vaccine-preventable outbreaks" worldwide 2008-2014 as reported in the LA Times. A couple of manifestations stand out; one is the prevalence of measles in Europe -- especially Britain -- and the U.S. Measles is endemic in the underdeveloped world because of the unavailability of the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.

World Economic Inequality

A new Oxfam report, Working for the Few: Political Capture and Economic Inequality, states that just 85 of the world's richest people own the wealth of half of the world's population. In the U.S. following the 2009 financial crisis, the bottom 90 percent has become poorer while the top one percent has captured 95 percent of the growth.

Two in Three Americans Upset by Income, Wealth Inequality

According to a new Gallup survey, a full 67% of respondents expressed some level of dismay at the current way wealth and income are distributed in society. Americans, seeming well aware that economic inequality is on the rise in the US and around the world, are showing an increased disdain for an economy unevenly skewed to the richest

Interstate Movement Patterns

Atlantic Cities | READ STORY

This map, presented by the Atlantic Cities, shows which U.S. states in blue if they experienced population growth during 2013, red if their population remained stable, and orange if their population diminished. Many densely populous states are seeing outward movement, while Montana, alongside Idaho, Oregon and North Dakota, is among the few states to see growth.

More Evidence of Ongoing Climate Change

2013 tied for the world's fourth warmest year on record, according to calculations by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. According to calculations by NASA also recently released, 2013 tied with 2009 and 2006 for the seventh warmest year since records began in 1880. Both federal agencies agree that 9 of the 10 warmest years have happened since 2000.

Rural Job Loss Trend Persists
Daily Yonder | READ STORY

Although national employment rates have improved, rural counties continue to lose jobs. In the one-month period spanning October 2013 to November 2013, metropolitan counties gained 680,000 plus jobs, while non-metropolitan areas lost more than 51,000. However, the unemployment rate is uniformly down since last year, showing a 0.5 percent drop since November 2012.



President's Corner
Thanks to those MSU Extension faculty and staff who have joined or renewed their MACDEP membership. There is still time to join; please contact , MACDEP Treasurer, with inquiries.

NACDEP award applications are now open for programming done in 2013. Applications must be submitted electronically by March 1; more info at the NACDEP site.

A new deadline for submissions to the 2014 Community Development Society Conference in Dubuque, Iowa (July 20-23) is Feb. 15. Click here to learn more about the conference and submit your abstract.

-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

Community Development Extension Institute

February 26-28, 2014
Boise, ID
Sponsor: CDEI

Community Development Academy

March 24-28, 2014
St. Louis, MO
Sponsor: University of Missouri Extension

International Association for Community Development

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

Community Development Society Conference

July 20-23, 2014
Dubuque, Iowa
Sponsor: University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin, and Iowa State University Extension

Grants and Awards

Champions for Healthy Kids Program

Deadline: March 15, 2014
Funder: General Mills

Grant Proposals for Youth Creativity Programs

Deadline: April 15, 2014
Funder: Lego Children's Fund

Support for Organizations Assisting Low-Income Communities

Deadline: Open
Funder: The Kresge Foundation

Support for Vulnerable Children Programs Worldwide

Deadline: Open
Funder: Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation

National/International News

Drought Forces CA Ranchers to Sell Cattle

Salt Lake Tribune; January 26

Use for 13 Million Acres of WY Land Under Discussion

Star Tribune; January 26

ID Attracts Big Data Industry

Idaho Statesman; January 26

Canadian Dollar Drops to 90 Cents Against U.S. Dollar

Globe and Mail; January 23

Second Chemical Involved in West Virginia Spill

New York Times; January 22

Montana News

MT Lawmakers Advocate for Keystone XL

Great Falls Tribune; January 25

Bitterroot Valley Benefits from "Circular Economy"

Ravalli Republic; January 25

FWP Bison Study Proceeding with Outside Input

Great Falls Tribune; January 23

Lecture Series Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Wilderness Act

Daily Inter Lake; January 21

Tester Introduces Bill to Preserve Native American Languages

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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