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December 2020

Heather Strohm
~ by Heather Strohm, Regional Extension Educator, Community Development – Purdue University Regardless of what industry you are in, the prevailing question now is: How can your company survive the COVID-19 “new normal” we are all operating in? As an individual who has supported and assisted business owners for a couple of decades, I find …
Kara Salazar
~ by Kara Salazar, AICP, Assistant Program Leader and Extension Specialist for Sustainable Communities, Purdue Extension, Illinois – Indiana Sea Grant To further the Community Development Program’s commitment to addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion associated with our programs, the American Citizen Planner – Indiana team has created a new module entitled Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion …
Michael Wilcox
For the December 2020 edition, we have hijacked Michael’s column to bring you some great news! Dr. Wilcox, Purdue Extension’s Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development and Associate Director of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD), was awarded the Mid-Career Award by Purdue University during our Professional Development Conference (PDC) …
~by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension Purdue Extension recently surveyed over 350 board, council, and committee members throughout the state to better respond to their training needs. These volunteers lead Extension-affiliated organizations such as county extension boards, 4-H councils, and Master Gardener boards. One of the survey questions asked respondents to identify …
~by George Okantey, Community Development Educator, Marion County As 2020 ends, it is a good time to set forth your learning plans for 2021 and beyond. The Talent Capability Model is a great tool for identifying current knowledge and skills gaps—and prioritizing areas and resources for development. This model, unveiled in 2019, was developed by …
~by Dr. Larry DeBoer, Purdue University It was the worst of times. It was the even worse worst of times. It was the Great Recession of 2007-2009. It was the COVID Recession of 2020. How do the two recessions compare? The Great Recession began after the economy peaked in December 2007, and then continued for …
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