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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





October 2011




News Reports and Resources


Low Unemployment in Rural Counties

The Daily Yonder | READ STORY

The rural unemployment rate continues to remain below the national average in most rural counties.

Air Pollution in Cities
World Health Organization | READ STORY

A new report by the WHO compares air pollution in cities. The figure below compares the PM10 levels (pollutant particles smaller than 10 microns) by region.

Thinking About Public Spaces
Planetizen | READ STORY

This article examines what elements make up great public spaces.

Trends in Higher Education
Daily Good | READ STORY

This infographic examines trends in higher education over the last 10 years.

Rural/Urban Poverty Gap Decreases
The Daily Yonder | READ STORY

The poverty gap between rural and urban Americans is at its lowest in 50 years.

Recession: Perception Versus Reality
Daily Good | READ STORY

This infographic shows that Americans hardest hit by the recession are more likely to be satisfied with the state of the economy.



President's Corner

We are happy to announce the 2012 Rural Community Conference will take place May 15-16 at the MSU Campus in Bozeman, MT. We are now planning keynote and session speakers, financial sponsors and other special events. Stay tuned for more info.

The deadline for submission of abstracts to the 2012 Community Development Society Annual Conference is October 31, 2011. The CDS Conference will take place July 21-25, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Abstracts involving partnerships between practitioners and academics are especially encouraged.


-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

MSU Fall Career Fair

October 6th, Bozeman

Sponsor: MSU

Business Financial Management Workshop

October 19-20, Butte

Sponsor: Headwaters RC&D

The Northwest Solar Summit

November 7-8, Bellevue, WA

Sponsor: Puget Sound Energy

SSTI Annual Conference: Innovative Economies, Creating Our Future

November 8-9, Columbus, OH

Sponsor: State Science and Technology Institute 

Grants and Awards

Healthy, Educated Workforce for Montana Initiative
Deadline: October 26, 2011

Funder: Blue Cross Blue Shield


Grants to Support Environment, Education, Human Services and Other
Deadline: November 1, 2011

Funder: The Lawrence Foundation


Grants for Research on Value and Impact of US Arts Sector
Deadline: November 8, 2011

Funder: National Endowment for the Arts


Impact Analysis Grants
Deadline: Ongoing

Funder: Northwestern Energy


Grants and Awards


Environmentalists Question Biofuel
Seattle Times; Sept 29

Study: Workers' Insurance Premiums Rise
Denver Post; Sept 28

Colorado City Tests New Water Rights Approach
Durango Herald; Sept 25

Tax Credit Spurs Biodiesel Production
Los Angeles Times; Sept 19

Colorado County Embraces National Breakfast Boom
Boulder Daily Camera; Sept 18

Manufacturing Declines in US
New York Times; Sept 10

Farmland Conservation Program Under Attack
High Country News; Sept 5 

Grants and Awards


Yellowstone Temperatures Highest Ever
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Sept

Developers Begin Projects in Montana's Newest Resort Town
Flathead Beacon; Sept 27

Montana Valley Embraces Renewable Energy
Missoula Independent; Sept 22

Study: Great Falls Has Shortest Commute Time in Nation
Great Falls Tribune; Sept 22

Four Montanans Make Forbes 400 List
Missoula Independent; Sept 21

Montana County Examines Population Increase
Great Falls Tribune; Sept 17 







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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