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MSU Extension Community Development





June 2018


News Reports and Resources


More Routes = More Riders



Transit ridership dropped by 2.5 percent from 2016 to 2017, with a downturn in bus passengers leading the hemorrhaging. These declines have been in progress virtually across the board in North America since 2014. What’s less clear is exactly why we’re all getting off the bus. The price of gas has gone down in recent years, which may be leading more Americans to choose to drive. The economy has improved, which could mean more of us can afford to buy and drive cars. There’s also the rise of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft; some studies have shown they’re pulling more-affluent riders off transit at certain times of day.




As Fatal Overdoses Rise, Many Americans See Drug Addiction as a Major Problem in Their Community

Pew Research Center | READ STORY


Americans overwhelmingly see drug addiction as a problem in their local community, regardless of whether they live in an urban, suburban or rural area, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. The public’s concerns come amid steep increases in the number and rate of fatal drug overdoses across all three community types in recent years.



Almost Half of US Families Can't Afford Basics like Rent or Food



Nearly 51 million households don't earn enough to afford a monthly budget that includes housing, food, child care, health care, transportation and a cell phone, according to a study released recently by the United Way ALICE Project. That's 43% of households in the United States.California, New Mexico and Hawaii have the largest share of struggling families, at 49% each. North Dakota has the lowest at 32%.



U.S. Population Pyramid From 1980-2050 

Visual Capitalist | READ STORY


It’s no secret that an aging population will be the source of major demographic challenges in the coming years. In 1975, the median age in the United States was just 28 years old. However, it’s been rising fast as the Baby Boomers age, and it’s expected to break the 40 year mark by 2030. This shift is so fundamental that its ripples will be felt in almost every area imaginable. How we manage this change will have implications on the economy, culture, and politics – and it will almost certainly affect our personal wealth and investments, as well.



Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households

Federal Reserve Board | READ STORY


The Federal Reserve Board released the fifth annual Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households. The report found that overall financial well-being continued to improve in 2017, extending the gains over the past five years. Yet, notable differences in well-being remain across race, ethnicity, education groups, and locations.




MT CD Update

The 2018 National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) Conference website is updated with the Schedule at a Glance and Presentation Schedule; more info here.

Please join the International Association for Community Development to celebrate our 65th Anniversary in Maynooth, Ireland June 24-27 at the 2018 World Community Development Conference. The IACD Annual General Meeting will be live streamed and recorded; more info will be posted on the IACD website soon.

The 2018 Community Development Society (CDS) Conference registration is now open and posted on the CDS Website.

Paul Lachapelle

MSU Community Development Specialist

Upcoming Events

2018 NACDEP Conference

June 10-13, 2018

Cleveland, Ohio

Sponsor: NACDEP

Montana Coal Board

June 20, 2018

Billings, MT

Sponsor: Montana Community Development Division

World Community Development Conference, Ireland 2018

June 24-27, 2018

Maynooth, Nr Dublin, Ireland

Sponsor: IACD

2018 Community Development Society Conference

July 22-25, 2018

Detroit, Michigan

Sponsor: Community Development Society

Grants, Awards & Jobs

"Night at the Museums" Civic Education Program

Deadline: July 6

Funder: U.S. Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Food and Agriculture Service Learning Program

Deadline: July 6

Funder: U.S. Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Collaborative Activities to Promote Cancer Cachexia Research 

Deadline: July 30
Funder: National Institutes of Health

Community Facilities Programs

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: Rural Development, USDA

NGO Small Grants Program

Deadline: August 6

Funder: Department of State

National News

Atlantic Bay Sotheby's Donates $15,000 to Community Development Partnership

Cape Cod Today, June 6

European Development Days 2018 Harps on Empowering Women for Sustainable Development

Africa News, June 6

ASU Student Fosters Connections with Taiwan Pilot Tour and International Forum Project

Arizona State University,

June 6

Finance, Cotonou and Women Set to Dominate European Development Days

Euractiv, June 6

Montana News

Missoula Nonprofit Expands Home Buying Assistance Program

Missoulian, June 6

Kalispell Looks for Community’s Help to Design New Rail Trail

NBC Montana, June 6

Spirit of Service Helps Elderly and Veterans in Montana

8KPAX, June 6

Montana World Affairs Council: Cultivation Leads to Economic Development

Missoula Current, June 6


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