Rick Maurer, University of Kentucky
Bonnie Teater, Southern Rural Development Center
Alan Barefield, Southern Rural Development Center
Bo Beaulieu, Southern Rural Development Center
Gregory Taylor, Texas A&M University
Hank Cothran, University of Florida
Gae Broadwater, Kentucky State University
Dana Glenn, West Virginia State University
Charles Shephard, Alcorn State University
- Gae will get back on the
project and will work on the core competencies. Public Issues might have
a template. She will submit suggestions to the list.
- Twenty-Three people attended
the Economic Impact Analysis Training in Oklahoma City (attendees from
both land-grant and non land-grant institutions)
- Rural-Urban Interface Conference:
Because some states have tight travel budgets, this will be promoted heavily
- GIS: Bill Cooke, a new hire
at Mississippi State University who will be working with CRD tentatively
offered to come to Little Rock to design a training session on smart growth.
- Leadership Plenty/Pew Partnership
for Civic Change: A team is going to Colorado Springs. They will get free
training and materials and bring the information back with the goal to
design regional trainings. We will discuss how to proceed with this at
the meeting in August.
- Bo asked if there are some
trainings which should be repeated. Rick noted the on-line materials are
very helpful. Bo will make a list of past, current and possible future
trainings and send it to the group for discussion.
SRDC/SARE Innovations Grant
- This applied research project
will look at sustainable communities with $70,000 from SARE and $20,000
from the SRDC.
- Some proposals have already
been funded. The quality of the proposals was very good this year
- Charles reported that the
group met in Little Rock on December 9, 2002. There was a lot of discussion
surrounding Communication and Information Technology and the effect on
CRD as far as the local government initiative. There was also discussion
on the regional conferences as well. They might have to revisit the goals
and objectives in the Plan of Work.
- Group also talked about emerging
issues such as homeland security and e-extension.
- There were some concerns from the 1890's on restructuring and leadership development. The reorganized structure is in place. An executive committee will be formed to represent all areas to help expedite some things. Carolyn Nobles will be the chair.
- Meeting is August 24-47 in
- Was held in March for 92
people who are involved in the two regions (North Central and Southern).
The Community College presidents were very enthusiastic. The web site
is being refined.
- The Community Colleges want good resource information on program evaluation and economic development. Alan asked the group to let him know if we have any information about Community College resources.