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November 2017


News Reports and Resources


U.S. Resettles Fewer Refugees, Even as Global Number of Displaced People Grows

Pew Research Center | READ STORY

The U.S. has resettled more refugees than any other country – about 3 million since 1980. Generally, in years when more people around the globe are displaced by conflict, violence or persecution in their countries, the number of refugees resettled by the U.S. has increased. But in the last few years, the number of refugees annually resettled by the U.S. has not consistently grown in step with a worldwide refugee population that has expanded nearly 50% since 2013, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and U.S. State Department data.




Young Kids Spend Over 2 Hours a Day on Screens

Common Sense Media | READ STORY

The average amount of time spent with mobile devices each day has tripled (again), going from 5 minutes a day in 2011 to 15 minutes a day in 2013 to 48 minutes a day in 2017. Overall, children 8 and under spend an average of about two-and-a-quarter hours (2:19) a day with screen media, up from 1:55 in 2013 but almost exactly the same amount they devoted to screens in 2011 (2:16). But online videos and content accessed through subscription services are a substantial part of the mix: Children spend an average of 17 minutes a day watching online videos from a source such as YouTube, 17 percent of all TV/video viewing time, and families with young children are now more likely to have a subscription video service such as Netflix or Hulu (72 percent) than they are to have cable TV (65 percent).



Huge Swaths of America's Communities Are Economically Stagnant: How Can We Make Them Grow?

Fast Company | READ STORY

After the dust from the 2008 recession settled, the consensus around the U.S. economy has: We’re doing fine. From 2011 onward, national-level jobs reports have shown a fairly steady uptick in employment and new business formation. From an unemployment rate of around 10% in 2010, we’ve dropped down to just 4.4%.



$63 Trillion of World Debt in One Visualization

Visual Capitalist | READ STORY

If you add up all the money that national governments have borrowed, it tallies to a hefty $63 trillion. In an ideal situation, governments are just borrowing this money to cover short-term budget deficits or to finance mission-critical projects. However, around the globe, countries have taken to the idea of running constant deficits as the normal course of business, and too much accumulation of debt is not healthy for countries or the global economy as a whole.




The Opioid Epidemic, Explained


If nothing is done, we can expect a lot of people to die: A forecast by STAT concluded that as many as 650,000 people will die over the next 10 years from opioid overdoses — more than the entire city of Baltimore. The US risks losing the equivalent of a whole American city in just one decade.







MT CD Update

The MACDEP Annual Business Meeting took place on Oct. 25 with elections of our new President (Jennifer Anderson), VP (Tara Mastel), Treasurer (Pat McGlynn) and Secretary (Katie Weaver); thanks to these MACDEP members for stepping up to serve on the Executive and for out-going President Abbie Phillip (Dec. 31) for her service this last year. 

The Community Development Society 2018 Conference Call for Presentations deadline is Nov. 15; this year's conference will be in Detroit from July 22-25.

The 2018 World Community Development Conference (June 24-27 in Kildare, Ireland) website will be adding more information on the conference program soon. Join the International Association for Community Development at our 65th-anniversary celebration and explore the theme of "Participation, Power and Progress: Community Development towards 2030 - Our Analysis, Our Actions." We are excited to announce our Keynote Speaker is Mary Robinson, President of Ireland from 1990-1997 and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from 1997-2002 and current President of the Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice.

Paul Lachapelle
MSU Community Development Specialist

Upcoming Events

2017 NAE4-HA Conference

November 12-17, 2017

Indianapolis, Indiana

Sponsor: Purdue Extension

2018 JCEP Leadership Conference

February 14-15, 2018

Orlando, Florida

Sponsor: JCEP

2018 NACDEP Conference

June 10-13, 2018

Cleveland, Ohio

Sponsor: NACDEP

Grants, Awards & Jobs

2017 Community Challenge Micro Grants

Deadline: November 10

Funder: America Walks

HUD: Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program

Deadline: November 22
Funder: Department of Housing and Urban Development

USDA: Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program

Deadline: December 4

Funder: National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Community Facilities Programs

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: Rural Development, USDA

Vice President for Extension and Outreach

Cooperative Extension
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

National News

American Family Missing in the Brazil Jungle State of Para

ABC News, November 1

Hurricane Death Toll in Puerto Rico Increases to 54

ABC News, November 1

World Food Programme Chief Raises the Alarm on Growing Hunger Crisis in the DRC

Devex, November 1

These Countries Have the Highest Rate of Pollution-Related Deaths

Planetizen, November 1

Montana News

Puerto Rico to Scrap $300 Million Whitefish Energy Contract

KBZK, November 1

Flesh Eating Beetles Preserve Life, Clean Bones

KULR, November 1

Montana Wildfire Relief Fund Tops $489K

KXLF, November 1

Diesel Spills During Dredge Recovery on Yellowstone River

Billings Gazette, November 1


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