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MSU Extension Community Development





March 2019


News Reports and Resources


Most US Teens see Anxiety and Depression as Major Problems among their Peers


Anxiety and depression are on the rise among America's youth and, whether they personally suffer from these conditions or not, seven-in-ten teens today see them as major problems among their peers. Concern about mental health cuts across gender, racial and socio-economic lines, with roughly equal shares of teens across demographic groups saying it is a significant issue in their community.




Too many Cities are growing Out rather than Up 


Imagine Lagos, Nigeria, a city of 22 million. What was once a small coastal town just a few decades ago has exploded into a sprawling megacity spanning 452 square miles. Its rapid growth has stretched the city's services impossibly thin: Less than 10 percent of people live in homes with sewer connections; less than 20 percent have access to tap water. Many houses are in slums and informal settlements at the city's periphery.



Moving towards Gender Equality: A new Index looks at Legal Reforms to help Women's Economic Inclusion 

World Bank | READ STORY

Do you think the world is becoming more equal for women at work? The recently published Women, Business and the Law 2019: A Decade of Reform gives us some insight. While achieving gender equality requires a broad range of efforts over time, the study focuses on the law as an important first step to providing an objective measure of how specific regulations affect women's incentives to participate in economic activity.



Bike Commuters are Dying in Record Numbers 

Outside | READ STORY

According to a report from the League of American Bicyclists released last month, 2016 went down in the record books as the deadliest year for U.S. cyclists since 1991. The report cites data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, which recorded 840 cycling fatalities in 2016--the first time the annual death toll has crept above the 1991 figure of 836.



Rural Download Speeds are Worse than Reported

Daily Yonder | READ STORY

Nearly three-quarters of the downloads hitting Microsoft servers from non-metropolitan counties are so slow they don't meet the FCC definition of broadband. Microsoft's county-level data shows a big gap between what the federal government says is available and what people actually use. 






LGBTIQ+ rights across the Globe

Bluenotes | READ STORY

2018 in particular brought some key moments in history for LGBTIQ+ rights - the LGBTIQ+ community in Australia were able to ring in the new year and rejoice in the knowledge Australians across the country had said 'yes to love' after same-sex marriage legislation was passed; transgender people were no longer considered to be mentally ill after the World Health Organisation reclassified 'gender incongruence'; and, in a landmark ruling, the European Court of Justice granted same-sex spouses the same freedom of movement rights as straight couples.






MT CD Update

Registration will be active soon for the NACDEP Annual Conference in Asheville, NC June 9-13. The Conference agenda is now being finalized and will be posted soon. Also, the results of the recent NACDEP election have been posted; Congrats to President-elect Adam Hodges and Western Region Rep Katie Hoffman! 

Paul Lachapelle
MSU Community Development Specialist

Upcoming Events

People & Places 2019

April 15-17, 2019

Arlington, Virginia

Sponsor: NACEDA

Community Development Research Conference

May 9-10, 2019

Washington, D.C.

Sponsor: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

CDS 2019 International Conference 

July 14-17, 2019

Columbia, Ohio

Sponsor: Community Development Society

Grants, Awards & Jobs

Challenge America 

Deadline: April 11, 2019

Funder: National Endowment for the Arts 

Alzheimer's Disease Programs Initiative 

Deadline: April 1, 2019
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services

Newman's Own Awards

Deadline: April 25, 2019

Funder: Newman's Own, Fisher House Foundation, and Military Times

National News

2nd Person may have been Cured of HIV

USA News, March 5

Utah Gov. Herbert: Loosen Protections on State's National Forests

USA News, March 5

America's most popular National Park is...

CNN, March 5

Montana News

Montana sees Record number of Foster Youth attend College

KTVQ, March 4

Bill would Repeal Exemption for Tribal Property Taxes

NBC Montana, March 4

Missoula addresses Discrepancies over Spending Report

NBC Montana, March 4


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