Harry Strawn, Auburn University
Rick Maurer, University of Kentucky
Tony Windham, University of Arkansas
Virgil Culver, Mississippi State University
Deborah Tootle, Louisiana State University
Hank Cothran, University of Florida
Bo Beaulieu, Southern Rural Development Center
Greg Taylor, Texas A&M University
Ed Jones, North Carolina State University
Carmen Gonzalez, University of Puerto Rico
Charles Shephard, Alcorn State University
Mike Woods, Oklahoma State University
Larry Arrington, University of Florida
Alan Barefield, Southern Rural Development Center
CSREES Report (Sally Maggard)
- The North Central region has made major
progress identifying core competencies and assets for CRED work in the
region. They have a face-to-face meeting coming up shortly in Chicago.
It would be useful if you asked Scott Loveridge, NC Chair, to join your
call for mutual updates.
Also, Steve Daniels has had great success facilitating the western community development group - calling itself Community Vitality Initiative. They are planning a February 2004 regional conference. In the northeast, Stephen has just completed the land use workshop for extension educators and bridging the digital divide workshop. This may be an additional base (following Orlando 2002) for an emerging northeast CD group. [See #4 below...]
- What are your plans on publishing the next "Creating Vibrant Communities in the South" catalogue and training schedule... One option could be preparing a catalogue for the South without the back page with dates of specific programs... and then using inserts with dates that can be updated quarterly on twice a year?
- Are we close to preparing a national catalogue? Could you initiate conversations with Scott/Neal, Steve Daniels and Stephan Goetz about this? I can put in a request for next year's communications documents to get some CSREES funding for this - and possibly to help with an e-version. We can ask Alma Hobbs for this support, too.
- It's time to get regional CRED chairs communicating regularly about regional and, via multi-state strategies, national CRED core and advanced competencies. We also need to show CSREES and regional administrators how research is linked to outreach education and how the integration is building the science of rural community and economic development.
CSREES Report Comments
- The Southern CD PLC group took up this issue two years ago and the result was the core areas of training that the SRDC is now managing in the region.
- Sally Maggard was not involved in these discussions, so she may not be aware of the background work that was done by the CD PLC many months ago.
- PLN is the mechanism that we have employed in the South for many years that essentially does what Steve Daniels is trying to do. Our CRD group has been working in a collaborative fashion for years.
- While it may appear that the North Central region is breaking new ground, the Southern region has already engaged in addressing these issues/concerns for some time.
- Training evaluation should be taking care of this.
- Members of the program committees (CRED, ANR, and FCS) should use the new website (http://srdc.msstate.edu/training/needs.htm) to evaluate and prioritize existing or additional training programs.
- This website address should be sent to the program leaders and copied to the Extension directors.
CRED Regional Meeting
- Possible meeting date for a Southern Region
CRED conference is Spring 2004.
- Initial planning committee consists of
Bonnie Teater, Bo Beaulieu, Virgil Culver, Deborah Tootle, Hank Cothran,
and Alan Barefield.
- Bo has checked out the possibility of meeting
at Galaxy. This could be done on either a formal or informal basis.
- The following message from Walt Whitmer
was forwarded by Greg Taylor after the conference call
- Sunday morning session 8:00 - 12:00 - our primary "working session". I will draft an agenda for review on our next call. Focus will be on issues associated with our national organizational/JCEP efforts. Need to address on our next call.
- A CRED Reception will be held Tuesday the 23rd 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Salt Palace. We still need to clarify, but are assuming this will be hosted by all four Regional Rural Developmment Centers. Need to address on our next call.
- We'll also have a breakfast on Thursday morning - as do most other associations. We'll need to flesh out our best attack for this time. There has been some discussion of making this session a CRED wrap-up as well as a time to get brief updates from various programs and partners around the country. Need to address on our next call.
- Attendance, by all accounts, could
be light in the face of tight
- We need to get out a special invitation directly to potential attendees laying out the case for why its is important that they attend - e.g. more than 45 CRED related workshops and papers, taking part in important organizational decisions etc. I will draft for review. (It was supposed to be done this week) To go out in June simultaneously with letter to Directors. Centers will distribute accordingly.
- We should also get a letter out
to Directors alerting them to the importance of having their state
represented at the conference. To be drafted for review and to
go out with letter to our mailing lists.
- Kudos to Bonnie for drafting Bylaws. Please review prior to next call so that we can our time at the Sunday morning session at Galaxy as effectively as possible. Need to address on our next call.
- We will need to (and I've agreed to draft) a "position paper" outlining the reasons for, and updating everyone on, our JCEP efforts. We'll send this out mid-summer and the suggestions has also been made that we establish a listserv at the same time to allow for feedback and input from across the system prior to Galaxy. Need to address on our next call.
- An in-depth discussion about a community development professional organization is going on at the ECOP meeting.
- Following are the proposed bylaws (with revisions) that were developed by Bonnie Teater.
Association of Community Development Educators (ACDE)
- Greg Taylor should have a report about
Galaxy at the next conference call.
We do need good representation from the region. A main objective of forming a national community development association is to join the Joint Council of Extension Professionals. This group is looked to by ECOP in making policy decisions.
Administrative Report (Larry Arrington)
No report. Bo Beaulieu asked the question "Will the Extension administrations commit to a regional conference?" Larry Arrington stated that he thought that there will be support.
The SRDC needs to go to PLC with a request for regional training.
Input on resources for the SRDC website
The new website is up and running.
The resource list is out of date. An appeal was made for this list to be updated with the addition of new publications and the deletion of out of date publications.
Is there something that the website needs that isn't there already?
CECP and E-Extension (Ron Brown)
ASRED has a verbal commitment for a 2nd $100,000 for E-Extension from CSREES
Beginning Monday, a workgroup will start to work on an official business plan for E-Extension. ACCENTURE (the private consultant who led the business plan development for E-Gov) will be the leader in the development of this business plan.
The business plan, a working demonstration, and descriptive literature will be presented at NASULGC in November.
The content management system is running at Texas A&M University with Larry Lipke in charge.
Larry Lipke has held several web based workshops on using the system.
On July 9-10, the CECP design team will meet with the Southern PLN to further integrate CECP into PLN. Current PLN committees are working on modules to be presented in August and put into the system.
Bo will attend the PLN E-Extension committee meeting in Atlanta to see how E-commerce can be built into E-Extension.
It was noted that there is a lack of communication about the exact nature of E-Extension. Virgil Culver noted that Ron Brown is going to discuss this topic with the Mississippi State University department heads and suggested that each university might invite Dr. Brown to their locations to discuss this.
PLC (Ed Jones)
The annual PLN meeting will be August 24-27 in Little Rock.
There will be a lot of time devoted to committees.
The CRED committee needs to develop a Plan of Work.
Deborah Tootle - LSU is opening a new Rural Development Center in the Mississippi River Delta and has announced an opening for the position of director (tenure-track, probably at the Associate or Full Professor level).
While the position has been announced as a 100% Extension appointment, there could be the possibility of a partial research appointment.
If anyone knows of good candidates, please let Deborah know so that an appropriate job announcement can be sent to them.
Rick Maurer - The Kentucky/Tennessee Institute for Sustainable Development will be held at Paris Landing, TN in April and October of 2004.