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April 2018


News Reports and Resources


Tune into Open Data

in a Closing World

World Research Institute | READ STORY


WRI launches Resource Watch, a new platform for visualizing and analyzing environmental data, at the National Geographic Society, Wednesday, March 11. More info here.




The Most Inclusive U.S. Cities, Mapped

Citylab | READ STORY


Economic growth doesn’t necessarily go hand-in-hand with economic and racial inclusion. That’s the finding of a new in-depth Urban Institute analysis of the 274 largest cities in America. The study measures economic growth from 1980 to 2013 alongside measures of economic health and racial disparities to rank inclusive and recovering cities. CityLab’s Tanvi Misra digs into the report’s takeaways from successful cities that improved inclusion as they grew. The report’s top 10 cities for overall inclusion tended to be mid-sized cities in California—from Fremont to Santa Clara to Carlsbad—with Bellevue, Washington, and Naperville, Illinois, also ranking high. Meanwhile, bigger cities landed in the bottom ranks, with Dallas, Houston, Phoenix, Atlanta, and Miami all performing poorly on overall inclusion.



5 Facts About Americans and Facebook

Pew Research Center | READ STORY


Facebook is in the national spotlight as its co-founder and chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, testifies before Congress. Zuckerberg is expected to face questions from lawmakers over the company’s recent disclosure that data on up to 87 million of its users may have been improperly shared with a political consulting firm during the 2016 U.S. presidential election. His trip to Capitol Hill comes as many Americans express concerns over the way social media firms are handling personal information.



Farm Bill Should Do More for Rural Health and Hospitals

Daily YonderREAD STORY


Congress should ensure that the farm bill does more to address rural healthcare needs, especially shoring up the finances of struggling rural hospitals, rural health advocates say. The Republican bill, released by House Ag Committee Chair Mike Conaway (TX) Friday, already includes a provision to allow the secretary of Agriculture to move more funds into health-care needs through the declaration of a rural health emergency. But legislators need to understand that closing rural hospitals isn’t just a health care problem, Elehwany said. It’s also a big rural economics issue. The Daily Yonder spoke with Elehwany to learn about the health-care implications of the farm bill and what rural health advocates think needs to be improved in the legislation moving forward


farm bill


MT CD Update

The 2018 Community Development Society (CDS) Conference schedule has been posted on the CDS Website; Registration info coming soon.

The 2018 World Community Development Conference’s International Induction  will be June 24. The International Association For Community Development  looks forward to welcoming international guests to our upcoming conference and will be announcing details on the Annual General Meeting taking place on June 26.

Our MSU Extension Small Business Development Webinar Series  wraps up for the spring on May 3. Please join us for this FREE webinar;  for presentation topics and speakers for the fall are welcome and encouraged.


Paul Lachapelle

MSU Community Development Specialist

Upcoming Events

Gallatin Valley Farm Fair

May 8-10, 2018

Belgrade, Montana

Sponsor: Gallatin Valley Committee

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

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

Deadline: May 5

Funder: Department of Health and Human Services

Public Affairs Small Grant Opportunity

Deadline: May 16
Funder: U.S. Mission to Senegal

Strengthening Citizen's Engagement in Elections

Deadline: May 21
Funder: Agency for International Development

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

Global Partnership Sparks Community-Driven Initiatives in Cameroon

Cision, April 29

This Moroccan-Style Housing and Community Space Hopes to Bring People Together in the North End

Model D Media, April 29

North Korea's Kim Promises Transparency in Nuclear Site Shutdown

CNBC, April 29

Ramaphosa Salutes International Community as He Bestows #NationalOrders

IOL, April 29

Montana News

MSU Student Who Wins Udall Scholarship Wants to Help His Northern Cheyenne Community

Bozeman Daily Chronicle, April 29

Arts Council Receives Input About Potential New Center

Daily Sun, April 29

Montana Mom and Author Wins National Award for Book About Feeding Tubes

KULR8, April 29

Creating New Worlds Through Native American Education

Char-Koosta News, April 29


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