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MSU Extension Community Development





September 2018


News Reports and Resources


US Bosses Now Earn 312 Times The Average Worker's Wage, Figures Show

The Guardian | READ STORY


The chief executives of America’s top 350 companies earned 312 times more than their workers on average last year, according to a new report published Thursday by the Economic Policy Institute...The pay gap has risen dramatically, with some fluctuations, since the 1990s. In 1965 the ratio of CEO to worker pay was 20 to one; that figure had risen to 58 to one by in 1989 and peaked in 2000 when CEOs earned 344 times the wage of their average worker.






Most European Students Are Learning A Foreign Language In School While Americans Lag

Pew Research Center| READ STORY


Students throughout the United States and Europe face many similar tasks throughout their education, from preparing for exams to writing papers. But there are glaring differences when it comes to foreign language education – or lack thereof – and the result is that far lower shares of American students study a foreign language.


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It's Easy To Become Obese In America. These 7 Charts Explain Why

Vox.com | READ STORY


According to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average American man now stands at 5-feet-9 1/4 inches tall and weighs 196 pounds — up 15 pounds from 20 years ago. For women, the change has been even more striking: The average female today stands 5-feet-3 3/4 inches and weighs 169 pounds. In 1994, her scale read 152 pounds. The latest CDC estimates now show that, as of 2016, 40 percent of US adults and 19 percent of youth were obese.





The Cities Where You Get The Biggest Bang For Your Buck

Citylab.comREAD STORY


Towns with positive job growth, where residents get the biggest bang for their salary buck, are not your New York's or San Francisco's. They’re places like Duluth, Minnesota; Wilmington, North Carolina; and Lubbock, Texas. And even if you’re not about to up and move away from family and networks for these perks, there may be another city less than day’s drive away that has a lower cost of living.



Hitting Toughest Climate Target Will Save World $30tn In Damages, Analysis Shows

The GuardianREAD STORY


Achieving the toughest climate change target set in the global Paris agreement will save the world about $30tn in damages, far more than the costs of cutting carbon emissions, according to a new economic analysis. The research, published the journal Nature, is among the first to assess the economic impact of meeting the Paris climate goals. Data from the last 50 years shows clearly that when temperatures rise, GDP and other economic measures fall in most nations, due to impacts on factors including labour productivity, agricultural output and health.






MT CD Update

A number of colleagues across the public university system are working together to establish the National Public Issues Education Consortium to engage in networking, dialogue, information sharing and related coordinated event planning across the public university system for colleagues involved with community engaged scholarship. We have created a website and  to help organize us. Check out information on our upcoming webinar series. Please feel free to inform and invite colleagues to this new effort. 

On behalf of all the webinar sponsors, we are excited to bring you our Fall FREE Small Business Webinar Series.  Information on how to connect to the webinar, our past webinar archives, file links, and list serve subscription is posted MSU Extension Small Business website. The 9th Annual Community Foundation Statewide Convening takes place Sept. 17-18 in Red Lodge, Montana. More info and registration details here. Interested in learning more about avalanche safety? Consider hosting a workshop in your community; MSU Extension is working with the MSU Snow and Avalanche Lab  and has a new Montana Avalanche Safety MontGuide to address the increasing popularity in winter backcountry recreation.

Paul Lachapelle
MSU Community Development Specialist

Upcoming Events

National Sustainability Summit (NSS) & National Extension Energy Summit (NEES) 2019

April 16-19, 2019

Sponsor: USDA-NIFA

Leadership Online For Today

Registration Deadline: Jan. 7, 2018. Runs Jan.21-April 8, 2018

Sponsor: University of Missouri

NSC Northeast Safety Conference & Expo

Register By Dec. 4, 2018

Sponsor: National Safety Council

Pittsburgh - David L. Lawrence Center

National Urban Extension Conference

May 20-23, 2019

Sponsor: Washington State University, National Urban Extension Leaders

Seattle, Washington 

Grants, Awards & Jobs

Efforts to Advance Justice and Opportunity for People in Need

Deadline: Ongoing

Funder: Public Welfare Foundation

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program

Deadline: Ongoing

Funder: Department of Commerce

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program 

Deadline: November 30
Funder: Department of Health and Human Services

Community Facilities Programs

Deadline: Ongoing
Funder: Rural Development, USDA

Small Business Innovation Research Program Phase I Fiscal Year 2019

Deadline: October 25

Funder: Department of Agriculture

National News

Economic Development Group Begins New Approach to Community-Building

Kokomo Perspective, Sept 11

Macron's Developmental Vision Takes Shape

Devex, Sept 11

Theresa May Pledges Africa Investment after Brexit

BBC, Aug 28

India Steps up Development Partnership with Afghanistan

Business Standard, Sept 10

Montana News

Mediation Scheduled for Locked-Out Talc Mill Workers in Three Forks

NBC Montana, Sept, 10

Bozeman Resident Ready to Open Library Labyrinth to Honor Late Wife

Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Aug, 18

Bacon Rind fire still chewing up trees in Yellowstone

Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Sept, 11


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