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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





October 2012




News Reports and Resources


Creating Rural Wealth
Amber Waves | READ STORY

This inquiry, published in the September 2012 edition of Amber Waves, outlines the major influences and strategies involved in rural development efforts.

Sources for Local News

Pew Internet | READ STORY

Constituents of different types of communities across the United States are shown to be attracted to different news topics, and access news through different kinds of media.

Tracking Rural Unemployment
Daily Yonder | READ STORY

Though the number of jobs in rural and exurban areas increased by more than 300,000 since July of 2011, rural unemployment rates continue to increase.

Global Agricultural Growth
Amber Waves | READ STORY

The USDA's Economic Research Service investigates the complex interrelationships maintained between agricultural productivity and population growth.

Increasing Water Costs

This interactive map tool form USA Today accompanies an article detailing increasing water costs across the United States.

Voter Preferences and Concerns
Pew Research Center | READ STORY

The issues most important to citizens voting in the 2012 presidential election have changed significantly since the previous election in 2008. This nonpartisan study identifies some of the trends among these changes as they span a number of central voter demographics.



President's Corner
Our Annual MACDEP Business Meeting takes place Oct. 30 in Bozeman. Minutes will be posted on our MACDEP website.

The 2012 Epsilon Sigma Phi (ESP) Conference takes place Oct. 7-10 in Mobile AL. ESP is the member organization dedicated to fostering standards of excellence in the Extension System and developing the Extension profession and professional. I plan to attend and will report back on relevant national Extension programming.

-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

Bioneers: Catalyzing a Resilient Communities Network

October 19-21, 2012
San Rafael, CA
Sponsor: Collective Heritage Institute

Sustainable Disaster Recovery Conference

October 29-30, 2012
St. Louis, MO
Sponsor: St. Louis University & Alberici

Northeast Conference on Public Administration

November 2-3, 2012
Boston, MA
Sponsor: UMass Boston, MassASPA & Suffolk University

Beyond Boundaries-National Preservation Conference

November 3, 2012
Spokane, WA
Sponsor: National Trust for Historic Preservation


September 15-22, 2013
Pittsburgh, PA
Sponsor: Joint Council of Extension Professionals

Grants and Awards

Grants to Support Local Graduation Matters Initiatives

Deadline: October 26, 2012
Funder: Montana Office of Public Instruction

Rural Initiative Program

Deadline: November 7, 2012
Funder: Laura Jane Musser Foundation

Responsible Sports Community Grant

Deadline: November 30, 2012
Funder: Liberty Mutual Insurance

Guaranteed Rural Rental Housing Program

Deadline: December 31, 2012
Funder: Rural Housing Service, USDA

Computing Education for the 21st Century Grant

Deadline: March 13, 2013
Funder: National Science Foundation (NSF)

National/International News

Geothermal Hotspot Found in Utah Desert

Salt Lake Tribune; September 27

Navajo Nation to Build Water Pipeline

Denver Post; September 27

Arizona Ski Resort to Make Wastewater Snow

New York Times; September 26

Oil Prices Fall as Consumer Confidence Drops

Denver Post; September 25

Zombie Bees Investigated in Washington

Seattle Times; September 23

Montana News

UM Native Children's Center Receives $2.4M

Missoulian; September 28

Upper Clark Fork Restoration Plan Released

Missoulian; September 26

Kalispell Mail Center Closing

Daily Interlake; September 26

Wildfire Season Extended

Missoulian; September 26

Condon Mountain Fire Causes Evacuations

Flathead Beacon; September 25







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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