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November 2019

MT Community Development Update

As you can see from the banner above, this newsletter is now the Community Development Specialist e-news. We will continue to encourage colleagues across Extension and beyond to contribute announcements and content and will be focusing on specific programming from the specialist's office. Please continue to send your additions via email before the 1st of each month.

There are opportunities to volunteer on NACDEP Conference planning committees for both 2020 (in Portsmouth, NH) or 2021 (in Coeur D'Alene, ID). You can find more information on the NACDEP website.

The Community Development Society (CDS) is requesting proposals for presentations and posters from researchers, practitioners, and others involved in community work for the Community Development Society 2020 Annual International Conference, July 12-15, 2020 in Fargo, North Dakota, USA. The deadline for proposal submissions is November 30, 2019

Paul Lachapelle
MSU Community Development Specialist

Reports & Resources

The Rich Really Do Pay Lower Taxes Than You
The New York Times | READ STORY

Almost a decade ago, Warren Buffett made a claim that would become famous. He said that he paid a lower tax rate than his secretary, thanks to the many loopholes and deductions that benefit the wealthy. For the first time on record, the 400 wealthiest Americans last year paid a lower total tax rate -- spanning federal, state and local taxes -- than any other income group, according to newly released data.

Everything You Need to Know About the Fastest-Growing Source of Global Emissions: Transport
World Resources Institute | READ STORY

People and goods are on the move faster and farther than ever. All that movement comes at a cost -- not just the sticker price of a new car, train ticket or shipping bill, but also an environmental cost. Transport, in fact, eats up a significant portion of our carbon budget.

Rural Food Insecurity: Dramatic Differences from County to County
Daily Yonder | READ STORY

Experts on rural America will tell you again and again that there's no such thing as one single, monolithic rural America. That point gets made forcefully in a new report from the Urban Institute. The report, which comes in the form of an interactive data dashboard, looks at food insecurity across America. Food insecurity on average tends to be a bit higher in rural counties versus urban ones. But there's a tremendous variety in food insecurity across rural counties - and even within the same states.

Share of Young Adults not Working or in School is at a 30-Year Low in U.S.
PewResearch Center | READ STORY

The share of young adults who are not engaged in work or education has gone down gradually in recent decades and is now at its lowest point in 30 years (13.7%). The downward trend in this figure - sometimes referred to as the "disconnection rate" - reflects in part the nation's tight labor markets and falling unemployment, but also higher levels of engagement among young women. In 2018, only 14.4% of 18- to 24-year-old women were neither working nor enrolled in school, down from 21.7% in 1989.

What's Going On in This Graph?
The New York Times | READ STORY

The data was collected by researchers from 1,787 menu items at 10 fast food chains for 1986, 1991 and 2016. The size and calories of fast food menu items have changed over the past 30 years. What do you notice and wonder about these changes?

Upcoming Events

"Business Valuation: More Art Than Science"

November 7, 2019
Online at 11:00 AM, MST
Small Business Webinar

"Start Your Side Hustle"

December 5, 2019
Online at 11:00 AM, MST
Small Business Webinar

Leadership Montana Second Annual Men's Leadership Retreat

December 5-6
Sage Lodge in Pray, MT
Leadership Montana

"Quick Cybersecurity Tips to Keep Your Company Safe"

January 9, 2020
Online at 11:00 AM, MST
Small Business Webinar

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week Lecture
"King and the Beloved Community: A Critical Approach to Community Development"
Anthony E. Cook | Professor of Law, Georgetown University

This talk will explore the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., with an emphasis on the critical years between the passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and his assassination in 1968, and the lessons those of us working in the field of community development can learn from this critical period in American history - a time when, like today, the nation grappled with problems of race, class, war, and inequality, with no less than the future of Democracy at stake. at stake.
January 23, 2020 MSU Campus SUB Ballroom A, Bozeman

Grants, Awards, Jobs

Locally Led Development

Deadline: Apr 9, 2020
Funder: Agency for International Development

National / International News

'Start Listening': Greta Thunberg Rejects Major Environmental Award

October 30, 2019 NPR

Oklahoma parole board OKs largest-ever US mass commutation

November 1, 2019 AP News

Flights diverted as toxic smog chokes Delhi

November 3, 2019 Top Stories

Montana News

The impact of the trade war with China on Montana's food banks

Nov 2, 2019 KTVQ

Building Community With Pride: Missoula hosts first LGBTQ+ summit

Nov 2, 2019 Missoulian

Free missing persons database training coming to Montana Reservations

Nov 4, 2019 KTVH

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