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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





November 2011




News Reports and Resources


Social Media Report Released

The Nielsen Company | READ STORY

A new report released by the Nielsen Company identifies social media trends.

Charities that Raise the Most
Philanthropy.com | READ STORY

The following map identifies by location the 400 charities in the US that raise the most money.

The Cost of Child Care
National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies | READ STORY

A new report details the costs of child care. The map below illustrates the 2010 costs for an infant in a center as a percent of two-parent median income.

Rural and Urban Life Expectancy
The Daily Yonder | READ STORY

The chart below compares the life expectancies of rural and urban residents.

The Rise of Megachurches
Daily Good | READ STORY

The infographic below illustrates the growth of megachurches, "large congregations that emphasize casual style over ritual and doctrine."

Indian Health Reform
The Daily Yonder | READ STORY

This article discusses the need to reform the Indian Health Service, an agency that oversees health care for the counties identified on the map below.

Education Jobs In Decline
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities | READ STORY

A Labor Department report finds that schools cut 24,000 jobs in the month of September, continuing a trend outlined in the figure below.

Multi-Generational Households Increase
Pew Research Center | READ STORY

A new report finds an increase in multi-generational households as people affected by the economic downturn move in with relatives.



President's Corner

The Montana State University Local Government Center is announcing a new Webinar Series focusing on community resiliency and the built environment. Each bimonthly, one-hour interactive presentation will feature an author from the fall 2011 issue of the Montana Policy Review. A complete list of topics and presenters as well as instructions on how to connect can be downloaded here.

Our Annual MACDEP Business Meeting takes place Nov. 8 in Bozeman. Minutes will be posted on our MACDEP website.

-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

Sustainable Communities Online Courses

Begins January 19, 2012

Sponsor: Regional Rural Development Centers

Basics of Board Service Seminar

November 3, Kalispell, MT

Sponsor: Flathead Valley Community College

Prospera Annual Dinner and Business Excellence Awards

November 3, Bozeman, MT Sponsor: Prospera

Two-Day Grant Proposal Writing Seminar

January 5-6, Butte, MT

Sponsor: Community Development Services

Grants and Awards

Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program
Deadline: November 22, 2011

Funder: United States Department of Agriculture


America's Media Makers
Deadline: January 11, 2012

Funder: National Endowment for the Humanities


Grants to Improve the Environment
Deadline: January 31, 2012

Funder: Captain Planet Foundation


Specialty Crop Research Initiative
Deadline: January 31, 2012

Funder: United States Department of Agriculture


Grants and Awards


US and Canadian Dollar Reach Parity
Toronto Globe and Mail; October 27

Government Identifies 'Solar Zones' in Western States
Salt Lake City Tribune; October 27

China Enters Water Desalination Market
New York Times; October 25

US Solar Panel Manufacturers Accuse Chinese Manufacturers of Trade Violations
New York Times; October 19

USDA Releases Roundup Ready Assessment

Twin Falls Times-News; October 19

Local Government Jobs Evaporate
CNN Money; October 7

Grants and Awards


Sustainable Development Community Folds
Helena Independent Record; October 28

Bankruptcy Judge Approves Sale of Moonlight Basin to Lehman Brothers
Bozeman Daily Chronicle;
October 27

Montana Tribe Sees Energy Development as Pathway out of Poverty
New York Times; October 25

Montana Businesses Recognized
Flathead Beacon; October 25

Crow Tribe Makes Compressed Earth Homes for Residents
Billings Gazette; October 25

Oracle Buys Bozeman Company for $1.5B

Salt Lake City Tribune; October 24

Museum Seeks to Encourage Interest in Science and Technology Among Youth
Missoulian; October 20







MSU Extension

MSU Extension Community Development | Wilson Hall 2-117 P.O. Box 172240 | Bozeman, MT 59717-2240
Tel: (406) 994-3620
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