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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





January 2014




News Reports and Resources


Student Debt Today
Project on Student Debt | READ STORY

The Project on Student Debt has provided an online tool which simplifies data from their report "Student Debt and the Class of 2012." The average student debt of Montana State University graduates in 2012, for instance, was $27,320, while the average debt of University of Montana graduates was $29,126. Montana has the 18th highest average student debt among graduates in the U.S.

Changing Transportation Trends

This report by U.S. Pirg examines shifts in U.S. transportation habits. Americans did the most per capita driving in 2004. The average U.S. miles per day is down 7.6% since then. Less people are commuting to work in their own private vehicles, more are working at home, fewer have more than one car, and more forgo owning a vehicle altogether.

Western Economy Atlas
Headwaters Economics | READ STORY

This interactive tool from Headwaters Economics presents information on the economic landscape of the westernmost eleven states of the U.S. Economic trends can be investigated at the state, regional, and county levels. Montana, for instance, has gained over 13,000 jobs in the health care/social assistance field--the most in any field--but the retail industry still provides the most jobs, over 70,000 total.

One of Nation's Key Ecosystems Being Lost at Staggering Rate

From 2004-2009 wetland area in the coastal watersheds of the U.S. dropped by over 360,000 acres according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in their report. That amounts to an annual loss of over 80,000 acres, a 25 percent-increase since the agencies' previous reporting period.

US Navy Predicts Summer Ice Free Arctic by 2016

Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Science | READ STORY

An ongoing US Department of Energy-backed research project led by a US Navy scientist predicts that the Arctic could lose its summer sea ice cover as early as 2016 - 84 years ahead of conventional model projections. The project, based out of the US Naval Postgraduate School's Department of Oceanography, uses complex modelling techniques that make its projections more accurate than others. A paper by principal investigator Professor Wieslaw Maslowski in the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences sets out some of the findings.

NOAA: Expect 'Widespread, Sustained Changes' in the Arctic

Three decades of a consistent warming trend have made a greener Arctic the new normal, and "widespread, sustained changes" are set to come to region, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in a recent assessment.

Humanity Wholly Unprepared for Abrupt Climate Impacts, Warns Report
National Academy of Sciences | READ STORY

A new report released by scientists in the National Academy of Sciences says the sudden impacts of climate change this century and beyond are inevitable but warn that far too little has been done to prepare for them stating, 'the pace of change is orders of magnitude higher than what species have experienced in the last tens of millions of years.'



President's Corner
We would like to invite MSU Extension faculty and staff to consider membership in the Montana Association of Community Development Professionals (MACDEP). MACDEP is the state affiliate of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) with the mission of encouraging excellence in community development educational programs, processes, research, and technical assistance through the exchange of ideas and methods, collaboration, and professional development of members to benefit communities; To learn more, please visit our website. The state membership is $10; please contact , MACDEP Treasurer, with inquiries.

-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

Community Development Extension Institute

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

2014 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference

March 30-April 2, 2014
Chicago, IL
Sponsor: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, et al.

International Association for Community Development

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

Grants and Awards

Transportation for Veterans in Rural Areas

Deadline: February 3, 2014
Funder: Department of Veterans Affairs

Grants that Increase Employment Outcomes for People with Disabilities

Deadline: February 7, 2014
Funder: Kessler Foundation

Support for Social Justice Issues

Deadline: February 14, 2014
Funder: Public Welfare Foundation

Projects that are Designed and Implemented by Women and Girls

Deadline: February 15, 2014
Funder: Open Meadows Foundation

Community Action Grants Program

Deadline: February 15, 2014
Funder: American Association of University Women (AAUW)

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

Proposals for Environmental, Education, Human Services Projects

Deadline: April 30, 2014
Funder: The Lawrence Foundation

National/International News

WY to Diversify Energy Investments

Star Tribune; January 1

ND Train Derailment Evokes Safety Concerns

Denver Post; December 31

Home Electricity Use Lowest Since 2001

Idaho Statesman; December 30

FAA Selects Eight States for Drone Test Sites

New York Times; December 30

Mercury Levels Rising Around Alberta Oilsands

Canada.com; December 29

Montana News

Housing Starts Boost Rate of Building in Bitterroot

Ravalli Republic; January 1

MT Gas Prices Lowest in the Nation

Flathead Beacon; December 31

Blewett Not to Run for Re-election

Great Falls Tribune; December 31

Building Boom in Billings

Billings Gazette; December 29

Mixed Bag for MT Mining in 2013

Missoulian; December 29







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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