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March 2018


News Reports and Resources


Women Earn 10% Less Than Men in America's Public Sector, Analysis Shows

The Guardian | READ STORY


Although women hold half of all state and federal service jobs, they make 10% less than men in the public sector, according to an analysis of government documents obtained through freedom of information requests by an investigative non-profit. The analysis by the Contently Foundation, a non-profit for investigative journalism, found that women earn 10% less median income than men in the public sector. The employee earnings records also show that 73% of government workers making $100,000 or more each year are men.




'World's Richest 1% Get 82% of the Wealth', Says Oxfam



The gap between the super rich and the rest of the world widened last year as wealth continued to be owned by a small minority, Oxfam has claimed. As reported in the BBC, some 82% of money generated last year went to the richest 1% of the global population while the poorest half saw no increase at all, the charity said.




Visualizing a Warmer World: 10 Maps of Climate Vulnerability

World Resources Institute |



The climate disasters that made headlines in 2017 — monster hurricanesdevastating floods and unprecedented drought — will become commonplace in the coming decades as climate change intensifies. Decision-makers from urban planners to corporate executives are grappling with how best to adapt. Should city officials in the Caribbean update building codes to climate-proof infrastructure against storm surges, or move to higher ground? Should farmers in sub-Saharan Africa adopt more efficient irrigation, or switch to climate-resilient seeds?



A Powerful Map Promises to Help Cities Keep Streets Free



The National Association of City Transportation Officials and the nonprofit Open Transport Partnership launched a new open data standard and digital platform for mapping and sharing city streets. It might sound wonky, but the implications are big: SharedStreets brings public agencies, private companies, and civic hackers onto the same page, with the collective goal of creating safer, more efficient, and democratic transportation networks.



Majorities Say Government Does Too Little for Older People, the Poor and the Middle Class

Pew Research Center READ STORY


Majorities of Americans say the federal government does not provide enough help for older people (65%), poor people (62%) and the middle class (61%). By contrast, nearly two-thirds (64%) say the government provides too much help for wealthy people. The national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted Jan. 10-15 among 1,503 adults, finds that views on government help for the poor, the middle class and the wealthy – as well as for older people – have changed little in recent years. This is the first time this series has included a question about younger people.



Where Corruption is Raging Around the World



Transparency International released its 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index recently, finding that most countries around the world are making little or no progress in ending corruption. 180 countries and territories were ranked on perceived public sector corruption on a scale of 0 to 100. The ones scoring 50 or lower have serious problems while countries closer to 100 are successfully preventing foul play in their public sectors. All in all, more than two-thirds of countries scored below 50 and the average global score was 43.



MT CD Update

The registration pages for the 2018 NACDEP or CDS Conferences should be posted soon. NACDEP is June 10-13 in Cleveland and CDS is July 22-25 in Detroit.

Our Montana Small Business Webinar Series continues through the spring with a great line-up of presenters.  Information on how to connect to the FREE webinars, our past webinar archives, downloadable files, list serve subscription and future webinar series information is posted here.

Paul Lachapelle
MSU Community Development Specialist

Upcoming Events

2018 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference

March 18-21, 2018

Miami, Florida

Sponsor: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

2018 Building Active Communities Initiative

Workshop: May 8-10, 2018

Livingston, Montana

Building Active Communities Initiative (BACI)

2018 NACDEP Conference

June 10-13, 2018

Cleveland, Ohio

Sponsor: NACDEP

2018 Community Development Society Conference

July 22-25, 2018

Detroit, Michigan

Sponsor: Community Development Society

Grants, Awards & Jobs

Awards for Faculty

Deadline: April 11

Funder: National Endowment for the Humanities

PEPFAR Small Grants Program 2018 Capacity Building

Deadline: April 30
Funder: U.S. Mission to Lesotho

Health Services and Economic Research on the Prevention and Treatment of Drug, Alcohol, and Tobacco Abuse

Deadline: May 7

Funder: Department of Health and Human Services

Community Facilities Programs

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: Rural Development, USDA

International Bioethics Research Training Program

Deadline: May 17

Funder: Department of Health and Human Services

National News

History and the Future: All Aboard Center for Community Development to Take Over Arvest Building

The Morning Sun, February 28

The Dharma of Community Development: Mayor Sees Role as Activating Others

The Daily Yonder, February 28

CSUN Launches Clinics to Help Veterans with their Taxes in Collaboration with Citi Community Development

Business Wire, February 28

The Math Behind a Localized Approach to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

Next City, February 28

Montana News

Montana And Idaho Community Development Corporation Invests In Wyoming

Wyoming Public Media, February 28

Montana’s ‘Dark Money’ Enforcement, laws Still in Court

KTVH, February 28

Ovando Nominated for Community of the Year

Seely Swan Pathfinder, February 28

Montana View: VISTA Volunteers Do Much for the State

Montana Standard,   

February 28


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