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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





November 2015




News Reports and Resources


World Bank Forecasts Global Poverty to Fall Below 10% for First Time
World Bank | READ STORY

The number of people living in extreme poverty around the world is likely to fall to under 10 percent of the global population in 2015, according to projections released by the World Bank, giving fresh evidence that a quarter-century-long sustained reduction in poverty is moving the world closer to the historic goal of ending poverty by 2030. Jim Yong Kim, World Bank Group President, said that the continued major reductions in poverty were due to strong growth rates in developing countries in recent years, investments in people's education, health, and social safety nets that helped keep people from falling back into poverty.

New Data Reveals Stark Gaps in Graduation Rates Between Poor and Wealthy Students

A new report released provides a detailed look at the graduation rates of low-income college students. At many colleges, low-income students graduate at much lower rates than their high-income peers. The study found 51 percent of Pell students graduate nationwide, compared to 65 percent of non-Pell students. The average gap between wealthy and poor students at the same schools is much smaller: an average of 5.7 percentage points. That's because many Pell students attend schools with low graduation rates.

Out-of-Network ATM Fees, Overdraft Charges Hit Record, Survey Says

It's costing consumers more and more to get a hold of their own money. The average fee consumers pay to withdraw cash from an ATM outside their bank's network is a record $4.52 per transaction, according to a new survey from Bankrate.com. That amount is a combination of two fees, rather than one, which may come as a surprise to some consumers. "Your bank, the majority of the time, is going to charge you,'' says Greg McBride, chief financial analyst for Bankrate.com, a personal finance website, "And almost without fail the ATM owner is (also) going to charge."


Racial Inequality Appears To Affect Wait Times
Washington Post | READ STORY

A brief study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine highlights one possible underlying factor: the total time it takes for people to see a health-care professional. That burden was 25 percent longer for minorities and unemployed people. And it wasn't because they were spending more time with the doctor. Instead, the differences appeared as part of the "clinic time" defined as the time spent waiting for or receiving care.

Sleep Study Finds Hot Spots Regions Where Americans Don't Get Enough Rest
The Guardian | READ STORY

A new study has found that the quality of Americans sleep varies depending on region. Researchers published their findings in the journal Sleep Health and found that across the nation there are 84 hot spots where there are higher levels of people getting insufficient sleep and 45 cold spots where there are lower levels.

Measuring The Good Life Around The World
Pew Research Institute | READ STORY

What makes a good life? Usually this question is in the domain of priests, philosophers and metaphysicians, but the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), a think tank consisting of 34 mostly rich countries, sought to find the answers with data. The organization's Better Life Index looks at 23 indicators of current well-being across 11 domains, from how much people earn and the cost of housing, to life expectancy, and even to how much time off people get from work.




President's Corner


For the first time, the National Association of Community Development Professionals (NACDEP) and the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP) are teaming up for a Joint Annual Conference June 26-29, 2016 in Burlington, Vermont. The Call For Proposals Deadline is December 18, 2015. More information about the conference here.

MACDEP is pleased to announce that Abbie Phillip, Extension Educator in Deer Lodge County, MT will now serve as MACDEP Treasurer taking over for Mandie Reed after many years of excellent service on the MACDEP Executive Committee. Thank you Mandie and welcome Abbie!

-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

2015 IARSLCE Community Engagement Conference

November 16-18, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts

Sponsor: IARSLCE

NCDA Winter Legislative and Policy Meeting

January 20-22, 2016
Washington, D.C.

Sponsor: National Community Development Association

IACD Sustainable Communities Practice Exchange

March 10-21, 2016


Sponsor: International Association for Community Development

Grants and Awards

Rural Community Investment

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: CHS, Inc.

Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program

Deadline: November 30th, 2015
Funder: Department of Agriculture

Community Building Grants

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: Signing for Change

Sports and Community Development

Deadline: Open
Funder: Adidas Group

Community Facility Loans

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: Rural Community Assistance Corporation

Developing Healthy Places

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: The Kresge Foundation

National/International News

Record Number of Migrants in Europe

CNN Wire; Nov 1

International Space Station Celebrates 15th Birthday

CNN; Nov 2

Wreckage of U.S. Ship Found in Bahamas

Reuters; Nov 2

Pope Francis to visit Mexico

NY Daily News; Nov 2

Thousands Of Pounds of Beef Recalled

CNBC; Nov 2

Montana News

Montana to Keep 406 Area Code For Now

Billings Gazette; Nov 1

Yellowstone Grizzly Bears Thriving

Billings Gazette; Nov 1

Montana Becomes 30th State To Expand Medicare

Great Falls Tribune; Nov 2

Montana State Spars With India Over Spur Crops

KGVO; Nov 2

Firefighting Costs Topped $45 Million in Northwestern Montana

NBC Montana; Nov 2







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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