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January 2017


News Reports and Resources


Census Report is Unusually Informative About Rural

The Daily Yonder | READ STORY

The Census Bureau put the spotlight on rural America when it released the results of its latest American Community Survey, the data that gives us the closest look at changes in American demography, economics, work, and lifestyles. Meanwhile, the survey showed that the Census-defined rural population remained steady from last year. The press release that announced the new Census data focused on rural information, noting that rural Americans are more likely to own their own homes, live in the state where they were born, and to have served in the military. And the bureau dug beyond the standard data tables to report on subsets of rural counties.




Debunking 4 Myths About Sustainable Investing

World Resources Institute | READ STORY

Enthusiasm for sustainable investing is surging. Already, more than $8.7 trillion of investment capital is managed using environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in U.S. markets alone, an 184 percent increase since 2010. This pot of money increasingly includes investments in green infrastructure, renewable energy, affordable housing and more, as well as investments that more holistically integrate broad ESG factors.



America's Male Employment Crisis Is Both Urban and Rural
Brookings | READ STORY

To illustrate conditions and trends in work across the urban-rural continuum, U.S. Census data for cities and counties was examined according to a novel Brookings Metro classification system.




A Prescription for Action


It has been said that in every crisis lies the seed of opportunity, and the opioid crisis presents an invaluable opportunity for city and county officials. The Scale of the Crisis: In 2014, the latest year for which national data is available, nearly 30,000 individuals died from an opioid overdose in the U.S. This number increased steadily during the last two decades, from 6,242 deaths in 2000, to 12,991 in 2005, and 19,687 in 2010.



New Map Reveals Shattering Effect of Roads on Nature

The Guardian | READ STORY

Rampant road building has shattered the Earth’s land into 600,000 fragments, most of which are too tiny to support significant wildlife, a new study has revealed. The impact of roads extends far beyond the roads themselves, the scientists said, by enabling forest destruction, pollution, the splintering of animal populations and the introduction of deadly pests. New roads also pave the way to further exploitation by humans, such as poaching or mining, and new infrastructure. 



World Energy Hits a Turning Point: Solar That's Cheaper Than Wind

Bloomberg Technology | READ STORY

A transformation is happening in global energy markets that’s worth noting as 2016 comes to an end: Solar power, for the first time, is becoming the cheapest form of new electricity. This has happened in isolated projects in the past: an especially competitive auction in the Middle East, for example, resulting in record-cheap solar costs. But now unsubsidized solar is beginning to outcompete coal and natural gas on a larger scale, and notably, new solar projects in emerging markets are costing less to build than wind projects, according to fresh data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance








Calling Community Builders! 2017 membership enrollment for MACDEP (Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals) is open. Membership is $25, a value-added investment; with hundreds of dollars available to members for professional development scholarships. Deadline Jan 31. Contact Pat McGlynn, Flathead Co. Agent, at 406-758-5554 or email .

-Abbie Phillip
2017 MACDEP President

Greetings subscribers; we are using a slightly different format now that I have stepped down as President of MACDEP. We will continue to send monthly updates and Abbie Phillip, our incoming MACDEP President will provide additional content. The Call for Pre-Conference Workshops and Ignite Sessions for our 2017 CDS/NACDEP Conference in Big Sky, MT (June 11-14) has been released. Please consider submitting a proposal for either of these great opportunities to network with colleagues from across the US and internationally. Proposals are due Jan. 15 and submission details are available from , President-Elect, NACDEP.

-Paul Lachapelle
MSU Community Development Specialist


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


NSF: Smart and Connected Communities

Deadline: February 16

Funder: National Science Foundation

Visiting Project Coordinator

Academic Professional
University of Illinois

Assistant Professor & Extension Specialist

Agricultural, Food, & Resource Economics

Michigan State University

Community & Regional Economics Specialist

Agriculture Administration
Purdue University

Assistant/Associate Professor

Food Studies/Economics
University of Southern Maine

national news

Turning Iraq History to Rubble, Leaving the Mess to Looters

ABC News, December 31

Long Gas Lines, Price Hike Mar Holiday Season in Mexico

ABC News, December 31

India Mine Collapse, At Least 6 Workers Killed

Fox News, December 31

Magnitude 6.2 Earthquake Hits Region in Eastern Indonesia 

Fox News, December 31

Education Above All, Gavi Reach Underserved Communities

Devex, December 31

Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources is Purging Climate Change

Planetizen, December 31

Damaged by War, Syria's Cultural Sites Rise Anew in France

NY Times, December 31

Up to 20,000 Dead Fish, Other Animals Wash up on Nova Scotia Coast

KBZK, December 31

montana news

Miles City Adopts Law Setting Charge for Emergency Response 

KBZK, December 31

Christmas Tree Recycling Available in Missoula

KPAX, December 31

Whitefish Residents Stay Strong in Face of Potential March

KULR, December 31

Montana's Minimum Wage Increases

KULR, January 2

Prognosis for Rx in 2017

KXLF, December 31

Montana Educators Cautiously Hopeful for Teacher Recruitment

Billings Gazette, January 2

Montana Tech Off-Campus Housing Building Hit by Fire

KPAX, December 31

Yellowstone NP Sued

Billings Gazette, December 31


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