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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





January 2016




News Reports and Resources


Average Personal Income 25% Lower in Rural Areas
Daily Yonder | READ STORY

Most of America is below average, at least when it comes to personal income. The map above shows if counties had average personal income above or below the 2014 national average, which was just a few dollars more than $46,000. Eight out of 10 counties in the U.S. had average incomes that fell below the national average. In rural America, just 17.5 percent of counties had above-average incomes in 2014.

2015's Most and Least Charitable States
WalletHub | READ STORY

America is a selfless nation. In fact, it ranked second overall in 2015's World Giving Index and in the top 10 for two of the three charitable-giving behaviors that are tracked by the index. Just how altruistic are Americans? 95.4 percent of households donate to charities, each contributing an annual average of $2,974. According to the National Philanthropic Trust, in 2014 alone, Americans gave more than $358 billion, 72 percent of which came directly from individuals.

The American Middle Class Is Losing Ground
Pew Research Center | READ STORY

After more than four decades of serving as the nation's economic majority, the American middle class is now matched in number by those in the economic tiers above and below it. In early 2015, 120.8 million adults were in middle-income households, compared with 121.3 million in lower- and upper-income households combined, a demographic shift that could signal a tipping point, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of government data.

Know Your Economy: Economic Tools Updated for Every County
Headwaters Economics | READ STORY

Headwaters Economics recently updated several free, easy-to-use economic tools with the latest data and trends for every county in the country. Their Economic Profile System, for example, now has the latest data (through 2014) from the Bureau of Economic Analysis for every county in the nation. These new data include employment, personal income, labor earnings by industry, unearned income by source, and more.



Which Countries Have The Highest Rates Of Child Poverty?

According to the OECD, child poverty is measured as the proportion of children living in households with an equivalised disposable income of less than half of the median income of the total population. Just how prevalent is child poverty across the world's developed economies? While countries in northern Europe have the lowest rates of child poverty, according to the OECD, the highest rates can be found in Israel, Turkey and Mexico where over a quarter of children live in poor families.


The Paris Agreement: Turning Point for a Climate Solution

At the UN Climate Conference in Paris, known as COP21, 196 countries joined together in the Paris Agreement, a universal pact that sets the world on a course to a zero-carbon, resilient, prosperous and fair future. While the Agreement is not enough by itself to solve the problem, it places us clearly on the path to a truly global solution.


What's Food Loss and Waste Got to Do with Climate Change? A Lot, Actually.

Consider for a moment that, by weight, around a third of all food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted. According to figures recently released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), food loss and waste accounts for about 4.4 gigatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (4.4 Gt CO2e) per year. To put this in perspective, if food loss and waste were its own country, it would be the world's third-largest emitter







President's Corner


Happy New Year! It's that time again to renew your MACDEP Membership or join for 2016. Membership is only $10 and includes subscription to the MACDEP list serve (in addition to this E-News), access to professional development funds and other benefits described here. Please contact , MACDEP Treasurer, for payment information.

The Montana State University Climate Science Conference took place Dec. 8-10, 2016 in Bozeman; the video archive contains footage of all the panels, presenters and keynote speakers and can be accessed here.

The International Association for Community Development is launching a pilot series of webinars. The first on-line seminar will be with Dr. Cornelia Flora, Emeritus Distinguished Professor at the Department of Sociology, Iowa State University on community capitals and migration on Jan. 19, 2015, 10am CST.

-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

NCDA Winter Legislative and Policy Meeting

January 20-22, 2016
Washington, D.C.

Sponsor: National Community Development Association

IACD Sustainable Communities Practice Exchange

March 10-21, 2016


Sponsor: International Association for Community Development

Joint IACD/CDS International Conference

July 24-27, 2016

Bloomington, MN

Sponsor: IACD / CDS

Grants and Awards

Rural Community Investment

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: CHS, Inc.

AmeriCorps State and National Grants

Deadline: January 27th, 2016
Funder: AmeriCorps

Community Building Grants

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: Singing for Change

Sports and Community Development

Deadline: Open
Funder: Adidas Group

Community Facility Loans

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: Rural Community Assistance Corporation

Developing Healthy Places

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: The Kresge Foundation

National/International News

Britain Considers Leaving European Union

NY Times; Jan 5th

Qantas Named World's Safest Airline

ABC News, Jan 5th

Plans Revealed for Underwater "Oceanscraper"

CNN; Jan 4th

Volkswagen Faces Billions in Environmental Fines

Reuters; Jan 5th

US Manufacturing Index at Record Low

CNN; Jan 4th

Montana News

Montana Highway Death Toll Increases in 2015

Missoulian; Jan 5th

Bison Population Set to Decrease

Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Jan 4th

Air Alert in Effect for Missoula

NBC Montana; Jan 5th

States Consider Alternative to Yellowstone Dam

Great Falls Tribune; Jan 5th

Helena and Lewis and Clark Forests Merge

Great Falls Tribune; Jan 5th







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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