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MSU Extension Community Development





May 2017


News Reports and Resources


US Health and Inequality

The Lancet | READ STORY

As the US has become more economically unequal, disparities in health outcomes have widened between rich and poor.




The World's Largest 50 Companies by Revenue

Value Walk | READ STORY

This data visualization comes from Datashown, and it compares the world’s largest companies by their 2016 revenues to really help put the size and scale of these companies into perspective. As just one example, despite being worth more than the majority of brick and mortar retailers combined, Amazon ranks just #44 in terms of global revenue to barely crack the list. While familiar global oil firms and massive banks make up a good portion of the companies on the list, there are also many companies in China and Europe that are less likely to ring a bell. 



The Changing Global Religious Landscape

Pew Research Center | READ STORY

More babies were born to Christian mothers than to members of any other religion in recent years, reflecting Christianity’s continued status as the world’s largest religious group. But this is unlikely to be the case for much longer: Less than 20 years from now, the number of babies born to Muslims is expected to modestly exceed births to Christians, according to new Pew Research Center demographic estimates. 



Communities at Risk From Closing Coal Plants

Headwaters Economics | READ STORY

Coal-fired power plants are closing across the U.S. Since 2009, 142 plants have retired generators or closed entirely, reducing coal-fired power generation capacity by 13 percent nationally. These retirements help explain a sharp decline in U.S. coal demand for electricity generation, which fell from a peak of 975 million tons in 2010 to 738 million tons in 2015, a 24 percent decline. 



Dominant Economic Sector of Non-Metro Counties

The Daily Yonder | READ STORY

Agriculture is not the “number one driver” of the rural economy, according to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Agriculture (including forestry, fisheries, and hunting) ranks fifth in earnings out of seven rural economic sectors tracked by the BEA. 




Climate Science, Explained in 10 Graphics

World Resources Institute | READ STORY

What do we know about global climate change, and what impacts can we expect in the future? The following graphics speak volumes.






MT CD Update

MSU Park County Extension celebrated the third class of Leadership 49 in April, recognizing 18 graduates from across Park County. An eight-month leadership development program for Park County citizens, Leadership 49 is focused on developing leadership skills and increasing knowledge about challenges and opportunities throughout the county. Its impact on the county is far-reaching, including new community projects, assisting businesses to create and retain jobs, and an increase in knowledgeable members of government and nonprofits boards. MACDEP salute and applaud great community works. Great Job Katie Weaver and Park County, Montana! 

Abbie Phillip
2017 MACDEP President

We have some exciting updates for the 2017 CDS-NACDEP Conference in Big Sky, Montana June 11-14. We have a Room Share and Ride Share program set up, there are public transportation opportunities, and our on-line and mobile app schedule is now available. For you Twitterers, you can use the Twitter handles @CommDevSoc and @NACDEP and hashtag #commdev17 to keep in touch. With over 325 registrants, the conference is looking to be a great event; you can still register (until May 29 or at the door) at either the CDS or NACDEP sites. We look forward to seeing you in Big Sky Montana!

Paul Lachapelle
MSU Community Development Specialist

Upcoming Events

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


2017 NAE4-HA Conference

November 12-17, 2017

Indianapolis, IN

Sponsor: Purdue Extension

Grants, Awards & Jobs

HHS: Drug-Free Communities Mentoring Program

Deadline: May 8

Funder: Department of Health and Human Services

USDA: Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement (LRP) Program

Deadline: May 12
Funder: Department of Agriculture

HHS: Ethnic Community Self Help Program

Deadline: May 30

Funder: Department of Health and Human Services

4-H Foundation Director

University of Missouri

Clinical Assistant Professor

School of Community Resources and Development
Arizona State University

National News

48 Days: Photographer Captures 8,000-Mile Journey From Cuba to the US

ABC News, April 27

Hikers Rescued After 47 Days Stranded in Nepal Survived on Salt, Water

ABC News, April 27

Russian Navy Ship Collides With Freightliner Near Istanbul

Fox News, April 27

Flash Floods Kill 17 

Fox News, April 27

Should 10 Percent of UK Aid Go to Education?

Devex, April 27

Phoenix Looks to Expand Bikeshare Into Neighborhoods

Planetizen, April 27

Philippines Moves to Shut Mines Accused of Polluting

NY Times, April 27

Scientists Recover Ancient DNA From Cave Dirt

Planetizen, April 27

Montana News

Social Media Scams

KBZK, April 27

Program Hopes to Inspire Future Montana Healthcare Workers

KPAX, April 27

Shelby Man Restoring 1936 Carousel

KULR, April 27

Senate Endorses Utility Cost-Sharing Plan in Surprise Vote

KULR, April 27

Prevent Child Abuse & Neglect Conference Honors Advocates

KXLF, April 27

Elderly Couple Loses Hunting Privileges for Killing Deer in Trophy Area

Billings Gazette, April 27

Big Water in Bighorn River: All Are Struggling With High Flows

Billings Gazette, April 27

RMC Offers Fall Tour to Italy

Billings Gazette, April 27


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