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June 2019

MT Community Development Update

Welcome to the new Montana State University Extension Community Development E-Newsletter format; we hope you like it! Please let us know if you have any issues viewing and reading on any of your devices.

Conference planning continues for the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals, Community Development Society, and the International Association for Community Development gatherings this year; check out information on each of the organization's websites on how to attend, present and apply for scholarships for these outstanding professional development opportunities.
-Paul Lachapelle MSU Community Development Specialist

Reports & Resources

World Happiness Report 2019 

The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. This year's World Happiness Report focuses on happiness and the community: how happiness has evolved over the past dozen years, with a focus on the technologies, social norms, conflicts and government policies that have driven those changes.

The Economic Power of American Arts and Culture 

It is often said that art feeds the soul. But culture and the arts also fuel the economy directly: The arts contribute more than $800 billion a year to U.S. economic output, amounting to more than 4 percent of GDP. That figure is based on detailed data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (part of the Department of Commerce) and the National Endowment for the Arts, summarized in a report released earlier this month.

The share of women in legislatures around the world is growing, but they are still underrepresented 
Pew Research Center | READ STORY

Women make up 24% of members of national legislative bodies around the world, a share that has ticked up over the past decade but remains far smaller than their share of the overall world population, according to an analysis of data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union. At the end of 2008, by comparison, just 18% of the members of upper and lower parliamentary bodies around the world were women.

The 'Atlas of Inequality' Maps Micro-Level Segregation

In a new map, MIT Media Lab visualizes micro-level segregation in the Boston metro region to show that "economic inequality isn't just limited to neighborhoods," as the researchers write on the website. "It's part of the places you visit every day." The map, which the MIT team hopes to expand to the 11 largest U.S. cities, is a part of ongoing research into how individual decisions and opportunities shape real-word urban issues.

New Wind and Solar Power Is Cheaper Than Existing Coal in Much of the U.S., Analysis Finds 
Inside Climate News | READ STORY

Coal-fired power plants in the Southeast and Ohio Valley stand out. In all, 74% of coal plants cost more to run than building new wind or solar, analysts found. Not a single coal-fired power plant along the Ohio River will be able to compete on price with new wind and solar power by 2025, according to a new report by energy analysts.

Greenhouse gas emissions over 165 years 
World Resources Institute - READ STORY

Between 1850 and 1960, the world generally experienced a constant growth of emissions, due largely to industrialization and population growth, particularly in the United States. This development only saw some interruptions by historic events, like the Great Depression in the 1930s and the end of World War II in 1945. By the 1950s, however, China and Russia started seeing their emissions climb as their economies grew.

Upcoming Events

People & Places 2019

April 15-17, 2019
Arlington, Virginia
Sponsor: NACEDA

Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference

May 9-10, 2019
Washington, D.C.
Sponsor: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

CDS 2019 Annual International Conference

July 14-17, 2019
Columbia, Missouri
Sponsor: Community Development Society

Grants, Awards, Jobs

Challenge America

Deadline: April 11, 2019
Funder: National Endowment for the Arts

Newman's Own Awards

Deadline: April 25, 2019
Funder: Newman's Own, Fisher House Foundation & Military Times

Community Policing Development Grant

Deadline: May 28, 2019
Funder: U.S. Department of Justice

National / International News

April marks National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 1, 2019 Lake County News

Cold wind chills return for Midwest, South and East Coast as new storm targets West Coast

April 1, 2019 ABC News

What You Need To Know About The 2020 Census

March 31, 2019 NPR

Montana News

Annual powwow at MSU focuses on MMIW crisis

March 31, 2019 KPAX

Lame Deer woman makes remarkable recovery after dying in ambulance on the way to Billings

March 31, 2019 Billings Gazette 

As temperatures warm, bears emerge in Glacier National Park

March 31, 2019 NBC Montana

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