Virgil Culver (MS)
Charles Sheppherd (MS)
Hank Cothran (FL)
Bonnie Teater (SRDC)
Bo Beaulieu (SRDC)
Deborah Tootle (LA)
Greg Taylor (TX)
Ed Jones (NC)
Rick Maurer (KY)
Gae Broadwater (KY)
Alan Barefield (SRDC)
Mike Woods (OK)
No Administrative Advisors
or USDA reports.
SRDC report (Bo Beaulieu)
- SRDC has received
funding for the E-Commerce Demonstration Project and is in the process
of identifying e-commerce projects at LGUs across the United States.
SRDC is trying to identify faculty doing either research or outreach
work. Bo urged everyone to get this information to SRDC if they
haven't already done so.
- Health SERA meeting
will be March 3-5 in Nashville. Gail Cramer (LSU AgEcon) is research
advisor on the project.
- SRDC is continuing
to develop a plan for evaluation of the Center. The upcoming first
phase entails meeting with a small team of evaluation experts in
Atlanta. Once plans are in place, they may contract the evaluation
out to a team. SRDC will be engaging workshop participants to help
them evaluate the impact of the Center.
- RUPRI has designated
a National Rural Poverty Center and will work through the regional
rural development centers to organize a national rural poverty conference.
SRDC will be meeting with RUPRI after the upcoming SAAS meetings
to start planning for the conference
- The regional rural
development centers are still working to renew the RCCI efforts.
- The Rural Sociological
Society just published a new volume on Challenges in Rural America
for the 21st Century. Lou Swanson and David Brown, who edited the
volume, will join SRDC when they meet with Experiment and Extension
Administrators/Directors to discuss the issues facing rural areas
Jones and Charles Sheppard)
Regional Training Reports
PLC met in December
2003. No action items emerged from this meeting. The committee spent
some time discussing e-answers. The committee also discussed the
impending retirement of several Southern extension leaders and forming
a task force for shaping extension leadership in future. The task
force will be multidisciplinary and we all agreed that CRD needs
to be at the table, especially since we have the expertise to contribute
to this process.
2004 CRD Conference Update
- Civic Engagement
(Bo Beaulieu) - The team will be meeting on March 1 and 2 in
Nashville to plan for civic engagement training workshop for the
week of September 13. However, the Pew Partnership related to Bo
that they do not want to support anymore training in Leadership
Plenty; they want to see the Leadership Plenty program used in rural
communities. Bo will try to get their permission to provide the
training, with SRDC paying for duplication of the materials. We
have no site yet for the Civic Engagement Training.
- Economic Development
(Mike Woods) - This team is charged with recommending a curriculum
for economic diversity and development.
- Mike identified
four activities that are currently in process that bear on economic
development: (1) the Southern Community Development Educators'
conference in Tampa in May, (2) the National Extension Tourism
conference in Florida, (3) Hank Cothran's work on BR&E,
and (4) the E-Commerce Demonstration project.
- Mike brought
up several questions for all the track teams to consider in
developing curriculum for training workshops. Do we need to
be broad or do we need to start focusing more on certain issues
within an area? Do we need to develop web-based or other distance
education program courses? Do we need both types (distance and
face to face interactions)? Do we need to move up and do more
advanced courses? What about resources for travel? What is our
saturation point? How do we figure out our audience?
- Bo suggested
that all the track teams needs to decide when and how to best
use training bundles.
- Another question
emerged from the group as to whether we should open up these
training sessions to the private sector. In the past, SRDC has
given first preference to CES faculty and they have few problems
filling their sessions.
- We discussed
the possibility of having two tracks in one set of meetings
to address the issue of whether or not we need basic or advanced
sites will be up next week. The track chairs need to think about moderators
for the session. The format for the final session is still not decided.
Virgil related the team didn't want to duplicate research roundtables
of the last meeting but is thinking about multi-state programming
roundtables. We are having some problems getting Putnam for our opening
session; his schedule appears to be full. Plans B and C may be to
get Suzanne Morris (Smart Communities), or Lou Swanson (Challenges
to Rural America) as speakers for the opening session. Florida will
provide opening speakers to greet people. The PLC Meeting at Southern
CRD Conference in Tampa will be on Wednesday May 19 at 8:00 a.m.
The work continues
with the larger national group with efforts to publicize the organization
of NACDEP in each state. An e-mail brochure is available and Hank
will send it out again to the group.
National Extension Tourism
committee met in Biloxi in December and is working to develop guidelines.
The taxonomy for civic engagement is nearly complete but we need to
further develop the general economic development, community service,
workforce development and forest services taxonomies. Alan will send
out what we have to the group so that we can add to them. Rod Howe
(USDA CSREES) and Janet Ayres have met with Alan to discuss core competencies
(Hank Cothran and Mike Woods)
The conference planning
team is on track but responses to requests for submissions have
been slow. The deadline is approaching.
BRE Rewrite Update (Hank Cothran) - Hank is working on updating
the BR&E books that came out of NE Center.