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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





July 2011




News Reports and Resources


Food Desert Locator

USDA Economic Research Service | READ STORY
A new tool on the ERS website allows users to locate food deserts.

More Deaths than Births in Rural Counties

The Daily Yonder | READ STORY
Most US counties that have more deaths than births are rural.

Economic and Tax Comparisons by State

Taxpayersnetwork.org | READ STORY

A source of information on a number of public policy issues.

Bicycle Highway Systems

Daily Good | READ STORY

Proposals for a national bicycle freeway system are regaining momentum.

The Information Needs of Communities

Federal Communications Commission | READ STORY

A new report examines information technology access and needs of communities.

The Problem With Fair-Trade Coffee

Stanford Social Innovation Review | READ STORY

Strict certification requirements may be putting coffee growers and consumers at a disadvantage.

Bike Commuting and Happiness

The Atlantic | READ STORY

A nationwide study finds that cities with more bike commuters are happier.

Socioeconomic Profile Toolkit

Headwaters Economics | READ STORY

The Economic Profile System-Human Dimensions Toolkit allows users to produce detailed socioeconomic profiles of their communities.

The US and Canada Green Cities Index

The Atlantic | READ STORY

A new tool compares American and Canadian cities using indicators of greenness.

President's Corner

The Community Development Society / Rural Sociological Society Joint International Conference takes place July 28-31, 2011 in Boise and several MACDEP members will be attending. Follow the conference updates via Twitter feeds; To follow tweets about the CDS/RSS Conference, use the hashtag: #CDS-RSS; and tweets about CDS: #CommDevSoc. More info about the conference and the new CDS blog is available at the CDS website.

-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

Energizing Entrepreneurs Webinar Series

July 13, 20, and August 17, 2011

Senator Tester's Women's Small Business Opportunity Workshop


July 22, 2011

Billings, MT

Harvesting Clean Energy Conference

October 23-25, 2011

Boise, ID

Grants and Awards

Community Health and Fitness Grants
Deadline: July 31, 2011
Funder: JR Albert Foundation, Inc
Family Farm Grants
Deadline: August 1, 2011
Funder: Farm Aid

Special Events Grant Program
Deadline: October 21, 2011
Funder: Montana Department of Commerce, Office of Tourism
Rural Development Grants
Deadline: Varies
Funder: USDA Rural Development

Grants and Awards

EPA To Release Strict Emissions Limits
New York Times; July 5


University to Study More Efficient Way to Use Coal
Denver Post; July 5

Rural Newspapers More Successful Than Metro Papers
High Country News; July 5

House Committee Approves Bill to Transfer Water Authority to States

New York Times; June 22

Harvard Study Offers New Nutritional Guidelines
Washington Post; June 22

States Feel EPA Budget Cuts
Washington Post; Jun 20

Canadian Companies Outsourcing Work to US
Toronto Globe and Mail; June 12

Scientists Link Persistent Drought in Southwest to Climate Change
Christian Science Monitor; June 9

US Falling Behind in Green Technology Business
New York Times; June 8

Utah Inventor's Invention May Make Wind Energy More Profitable
NewWest.com; June 8

Interior Department Reverses 'Wild Lands' Policy
Salt Lake Tribune; June 1

Grants and Awards

Wheat Farmers Deal with Blight

Flathead Beacon; July 6


Rising Water Could Push Oil Spill Further Down Yellowstone

Missoulian; July 5


NPS Published Proposed Winter Use Policy for Yellowstone

Billings Gazette; July 5


Lumber Company to Sell Land in Western Montana

Missoulian; July 3


Earth First! Rally May Target Megaload Shipments

Missoulian; June 24


Montana Begins Work on Hydraulic Fracturing Legislation

NewWest.com; June 23

USFS Funds Montana Biomass Project

Missoulian; June 22

Bonneville Power Administration Seeks to Improve Montana Wind Power Exports

Reuters; June 21

Montana Counties Receive $24.7M in PILT Funds

Helena Independent Record; Jun 17

Missoula Group Screens Film Warning About Water Privatization

Missoulian; June 14

Japanese Company Unveils Windmill at MSU-Billings

Billings Gazette; June 9

Montana Firm Offers Storage Solution for Wind Energy

Flathead Beacon; June 1







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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