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Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals





September 2011




News Reports and Resources


Rural Unemployment Rises

The Daily Yonder | READ STORY

The rural unemployment rate increased in early summer but remains lower than the national average.

Children's Welfare By State
Annie E. Casey Foundation | READ STORY

A new report measures children's levels of well-being in each state.


Foul Tweets By Region
On Wisconsin Magazine | READ STORY

A recent analysis of the prevalence of foul language in Twitter posts shows differences by region.

Renewable Energy Usage and Cost
Daily Good | READ STORY

This infographic examines the usage and cost of renewable energy in the United States.


Health Care Cuts and Rural Communities
The Daily Yonder | READ STORY

Health care spending cuts may disproportionately affect rural communities, where primary care physicians provide more services than in rural areas.


Are Facebook Users More Trusting?
Daily Good | READ STORY

This infographic, based on new research from Pew Research Center, shows that social network site users are more likely to make connections with others.

Report: Local Businesses Grow Incomes
The Daily Yonder | READ STORY

A new report finds that communities with small, locally-owned businesses experience stronger economic growth than those with larger businesses owned by outside interests.




President's Corner

Lots of exciting news to report: First, MSU Extension and the Local Government Center are excited to announce the fall issue of the Montana Policy Review titled Community Resiliency and the Built Environment: Innovations and Policy Issues in Montana focusing on how the built environment influences quality of life and economic prosperity across Montana. Second, the Community Development Society has announced the submission deadline of October 31, 2011 for abstracts to the 2012 CDS Conference in Cincinnati. Last, NACDEP needs volunteers to serve on committees for the upcoming 2012 conference in Park City, Utah; more info here.


-Paul Lachapelle
MACDEP President

Upcoming Events

Extension Entrepreneurs and Their Communities Webinar Series

September 8, October 13, November 10; all events begin at 12pm MST.

Sponsor: Iowa State University Extension and Outreach

To attend, go to the above link 10 minutes before webinar and select "Enter As Guest" option, then enter full name and click "Enter Room."

Building Financial Assets for Rural Communities Leadership Summit

September 13, Great Falls

Sponsor: IDA Resources

Part of the Mobilizing Rural Communities Conference


What Works! 2011 Conference

September 18-20, Philadelphia, PA

Sponsor: The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development

Local Economies Series Conference Calls

September 22 & October 27

Sponsor: Community Matters


Grants and Awards

Community Challenge Planning Grant

Deadline: September 9, 2011

Funder: Department of Housing and Urban Development


Green Thumb Challenge Grant

Deadline: September 30, 2011

Funder: Green Education Foundation & Gardener's Supply Company


Artist's Innovation Awards

Deadline: September 30, 2011

Funder: Montana Arts Council


Awesome Food Grants

Deadline: Rolling

Funder: Awesome Foundation

Grants and Awards


Farmland Trust Saves Organic Agriculture

Seattle Times; Aug 27

UN Chief Vows to Support Colorado Lab's Renewable Energy Work

Denver Post; Aug 24

Arctic Sea Drilling Proposal Prompts Environmental Concerns

Washington Post; Aug 22

Utility Companies Consider Options for Meeting Renewable Energy Mandates

Denver Post; Aug 21

Species Move North to Escape Warming Climate

Seattle Times; Aug 18

Canadian Researcher Makes Plastic from Animal Carcasses

Edmonton Journal; Aug 17

Driving Down in US Cities

New Scientist; Aug 16

Urban Forest Reclaims Public Space

Next American City; Aug 15

Ancient Glass May Help Contain Nuclear Waste

Tri-City Herald; Aug 12

Grants and Awards


Tester Discusses Importance of Public Lands for Montana Towns
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Aug 27

Whitefish Company Adopts European Green Building Techniques
Flathead Beacon; Aug 25

Native American Made in Montana Campaign Launched
Char-Koosta News; Aug 25

State to Partner with Federal Government in Insurance Exchange
Helena Independent Record; Aug 24

Montana Hay Heads to Texas
Billings Gazette; Aug 22

Local Entrepreneur Speaks at White House
Helena Independent Record; Aug 19

Montana Ranked Lowest in Children's Welfare in Region
Ravalli Republic; Aug 18

Reservoirs Full Across State
Great Falls Tribune; Aug 17

State's Wind Industry Lacks Transmission Capability
Missoula Independent; Aug 11







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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