February 2012 Vanguard




February 2012

Timothy Collins, Vanguard Editor

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CDS 2012 Conference

July 23-25, Cincinnati, OH

"Sustaining Community through Innovation and Entrepreneurship"

Focus on local foods and arts, community engagement and learning,

campus-community partnerships, and comprehensive community initiatives


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In This Issue
CD Resources
Conferences and Meetings
Grant Opportunities
CDS Membership Info
News from CDS
CDS UpFront
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CD Resources


Film on "Green Economy and Sustainable Development: Bringing Back the Social" Now Online


"Why Rural Matters 2011-2012: The Condition of Rural Education in the 50 States"


"Lights, Cameras, Co-ops," a Video for the International Year of Cooperatives


Information Source on the 2012 Farm Bill Discussions in Washington


EPA's Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) Pollutant Loading Tool


GreenStep Cities Program Helps Minnesota Cities Identify Sustainable Practices


Post-Recession Job Changes: A New Interactive Map from the Urban Institute


Engagement Commons, a Comprehensive Catalogue of Civic Engagement Software


ERS Charts of Note


Recent college completion rates across the U.S.


Degree of urban influence has increased since 1980


New USDA State Fact Sheets


Canada's Community Information Database (CID)


Infographic from Canada: The 99% vs. the 1%



Conferences and Meetings


23rd Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference

March 7-8, 2012, Peoria. IL


2012 National Main Streets ConferenceApril 1-4, 2012, Baltimore, Maryland


Growing Sustainable Communities -- Conference Announcement and Call for Papers May 2-3, 2012, Sonoma County, CA


National Rural Entrepreneurial Gathering: FRED - Focus on Rural Entrepreneurial Development

May 3-5, 2012, Fairfield, IA


National Association of Community Development Professionals

May 20-23, 2012, Park City, UT


Driving Innovation and Prosperity: Transforming Industries and Communities for the Next Economy

June 10-12, St. Louis, MO.


ALIA Summer Institute

June 18-23, 2012, Halifax, Nova Scotia


Reclaiming Vacant Properties: Remaking America for the 21st Century
June 20-22, 2012, New Orleans, LA


Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences 2012 Annual Meeting

June, 21-24, 2012, Santa Clara, CA


Tamarack's 2012 Communities Collaborating Institute: Innovating Together

October 1 - 5, 2012, Kitchener-Waterloo, ON, CA


NCBA Annual Meeting & Co-op Conference

October 2-5, 2012, Seattle, WA


Under Western Skies 2: Environment, Community, and Culture in North America
October 10-13, 2012, Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB, CA   


Grant Opportunities

National Endowment for the Arts: Our Town Grants

Application deadline: March 1, 2012


USDA: Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI)

Application deadline: March 9, 2012


USDA: Agriculture and Food Research Initiative: Food Security

Application deadline: March 14, 2012


Economic Development Administration: FY 2012 University Center Economic Development Program
Application deadline: March 30, 2012


NIH: Rapid Assessment Post-Impact of Disaster (R21)

Application deadline: April 22, 2012



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President's Update


Hello CDS Family,


Every day we grow closer to spring and its promises of rebirth and renewal. The last few years could be a described as a time of global economic winter. Deep have been the drifts of social and economic upheaval. As with the warming of spring sun promising the return of life, so too does the hope of global economic and social stability.


Recovery and ultimate stability will come from the development of effective policy and practice developed at the local, regional, and national levels. Examples of policy promoting recovery are those that support innovation and entrepreneurship. Such is the focus of the 2012 Annual Conference of the Community Development Society to be held in Cincinnati, OH, July 21-25.


I am excited to announce that we have received over 140 submissions for presentations at the conference. These submissions will enable the program committee to put together one of the largest and most dynamic conferences in CDS history. The conference promises to be an exciting four days of reuniting with colleagues, sharing and learning tactics and strategies of community development, and fun for attendees and families alike.


As part of the conference, Don Macke from the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) will serve as one of the keynote speakers. Don is a Director with the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. The Center works throughout the United States and supports research, outreach, education and policy development related to rural entrepreneurship. RUPRI

is a national research and policy center focusing in multiple areas including economic development, poverty, health care, telecommunications, informatics, policy analysis and community impact analysis.


Don has nearly 30 years of experience in the field of rural community economic development. He has served in the Nebraska Legislature, the Cabinet of the Nelson Administration in Nebraska, served as a consultant in nearly 40 states, Canada and the Caribbean. He has served as Co-Director for the RUPRI Center for the last five years. During this time Don and the RUPRI team have logged over 1 million miles throughout North America discovering and documenting rural entrepreneurship initiatives.


Don has a B.S. in Environmental Science and a MA in Regional Economics from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.


I am excited to learn from Don and all of the speakers at this year's conference.  To learn how to get involved or to volunteer at the conference, please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  I look forward to seeing everyone at this year's conference.




Brent Hales




News from CDS

CDS 2012 Conference: Cincinnati, Here We Come!

CDS has a long tradition of dynamic and enlightening conferences.  We are excited to travel to Cincinnati, Ohio for our annual conference July 23-25, 2012. With 143 abstract submissions to be reviewed, rest assured that the conference schedule will include some wonderful presentations. In addition, the meeting will include plenary speakers and mobile learning workshops. Cincinnati is a lively "City of Seven Hills" located on the Ohio River. The local host committee has been busy planning a great local event for your enjoyment.

The conference will focus on ways to strengthen communities and provide a high quality of life for all residents. We will work toward defining sustainable community development, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

The program will include many issues and areas of community development practice:
*    Comprehensive Community Initiatives and Processes
*    Community Learning Centers
*    Community Cultural Arts
*    Healthy Communities
*    Community Engagement in Higher Education
*    Community Development Policy

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See you in July!


2012 Community Development Society Awards--Submit your nominations now!
Recognize the exceptional work of your mentor, colleague, or student by nominating them for a prestigious CDS Award!


More information, including nomination forms, is available on the CDS website. Questions?  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Awards Committee Co-Chairperson, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, 859.583.6786. The deadline to submit a nomination is March 15, 2012.


CD Practice

CD Practice is a web-based publication of the Community Development Society. It presents innovative approaches, tools, and techniques that can be readily applied by community development practitioners.


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CDS Website: Blog and Other Social Networking Features

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CDS UpFront

Compiled by Timothy Collins, Assistant Director, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

Big Rural Brainstorm Focuses on Reviving Kansas Towns

The goal of a recent gathering in Newton, KS, recently was nothing short of this: to revive rural Kansas. And to do it with mostly volunteers.


Foundations, others discuss ideas for increasing philanthropy in rural America

The full conversation of the recent Twitter Chat is archived here.


Sustainable Is Not Enough: A Call for Regenerative Cities

Because so much damage has already been done to the world's ecosystems, and solutions need to be found to reverse it, we need to start thinking of regenerative rather than just sustainable urban development.


Innovative State and City Government Solutions to Watch in 2012

As the nation inches toward economic recovery, it's become increasingly apparent that restoring prosperity is not just a matter of bouncing back and returning to business as usual.


Pay for Success: How a New Kind of Bond Could Save Taxpayer Money and Improve Social Services

Two federal agencies will steer tax money for social programs through a new for-profit investing tool tested in the United Kingdom and Australia, according to "Pay for Success: Investing in What Works," co-authored by the White House and the Nonprofit Finance Fund.


The Economic Value of Opportunity Youth

Many of America's youth are neither enrolled in school nor participating in the labor

market - they are not investing in their human capital or earning income. Their disconnection represents a significant loss of economic opportunity for the nation, according to a report on"opportunity youth."


Thirsty City: Understanding the Water-Energy Nexus

The nexus between the need to increase water resources and decrease energy use are both exacerbated by, and exacerbate, climate change.


"Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing"

A new United Nations report formulates a new blueprint for sustainable development and low-carbon prosperity.


Local Economies for a Global Future

Yes, we need to relocalize-but that doesn't mean we're headed for provincialism. Anticipating our near-heavy, far-light future.


The Worth of the Rural 'Creative Economy'

From the Blues Trail through the Delta to the Walter Anderson Museum on the Gulf Coast, rural Mississippi's economy is buoyed by what we call the "creative economy."


If It Works in Sangudo, AB, CA, Why Not In Your Community?

Sangudo Opportunity Development Co-operative (SODC) is a unique investment co-op working to revitalize the economic viability of the small rural community of Sangudo, Alberta. It is a one-of-a-kind co-op model in Canada, where members stimulate community business growth and sustainability through a collective investment of their capital.


The New Geography of Trade: Globalization's Decline May Stimulate Local Recovery

It is an article of faith that global trade will be an ever-growing presence in the world. Yet this belief rests on shaky foundations.


Getting Workers to Columbus, Nebraska

Columbus, Nebraska, has a problem. The rural town has jobs, but it can't find workers to fill them. Columbus officials have gone on recruiting missions to find new residents, but they've discovered that there are reasons people can't move.


Algae May Be Slime to You, But...

A new futuristic exhibition called HORTUS (Latin for 'garden,' but in this case "Hydro Organisms Responsive to Urban Stimuli) at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London is educating the public with an urban algae farm that relies on humans and technology to help the plants grow.


My Prices Are Not Too High: A Farmer Fires Back

Why are my prices higher than those at the super market? Glad you asked.


Retaining Neighborhood Supermarkets in New York City The New York Healthy Communities Fund is providing $50 million in seed money to increase access to food in underserved communities.


Beyond "Free" or "Fair" Trade: Mexican Farmers Go Local

We usually think of the demand for local, organic foods as coming from the North. But in southern Mexico, the growing localist movement is a strategy for survival


Popuphood: How to Revitalize a Struggling Neighborhood in Six Months

Many cities in America are facing the slow decline of their main streets and shopping areas. But a new program in Oakland, CA, might be the key to reviving vibrant, local commercial centers. All it takes is a little free rent and some entrepreneurial spirit.


Youth-Powered Hopes Drive Howard, SD Ahead

A small town in South Dakota has become a model of community planning, thanks to an inspired high school assignment and continued leadership of local youth.


The Best and Worst Run Cities in America

Many qualities separate the best-run and worst-run cities. But perhaps the most important is access to jobs.


The Evolution of England's First Planned Community

At the turn of the twentieth century, there was an antidote to the moral and physical degradations of the metropolis, a new urban model that would be healthier for body and soul: the Garden City.


Converted Textile Mills Spinning New Community Economic Development
Textile mill buildings that once supported the city of Lawrence, MA, are again the key to its economic future.


The Rural America Contemporary Art Group

Rapid changes in new media have enabled rural artists to not only share their work, but to create networks and movements that transcend the easy boundaries that might define "rural arts and culture."


Kansas City Fed Joins with Partners to Address Workforce Needs

The latest issue of Community Connections tells how the Kansas City Fed is joining with other Reserve Banks to facilitate the development of more workforce training programs.


When a Socialist's Book Swayed the Nation

Michael Harrington wrote The Other America 50 years ago, part of what inspired the War on Poverty.




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