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DEI Indy earned the second highest team, out of a total of 28 teams, for the North Central region at the Impact Collaborative summit in Atlanta. As a result of our work, DEI Indy has been invited to apply for a $5,000 grant to help bring new capacity to our project. Our project is Learn …
Eighteen staff from Purdue Extension and the College of Agriculture met at the Wright Forestry Center from May 21-22 to participate in a facilitated dialogue on race and racism as part of the national program Coming Together for Racial Understanding (CTRU). Kris Parker (Community Development), Mindy Mayes (Health and Human Sciences) and Michael Wilcox (Community …
This article was originally published in the June/July 2019 issue of Terre Haute Living. Raise your hand if you have attended any business meeting that you roll your eyes and think that the meeting is too long? So often, the agenda and purpose of the meeting can be accomplished in less than 45 minutes, but …
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By Bob Hansen – bhansen@newsexaminer.com Three different areas of emphasis are being developed into a comprehensive plan to help make central Connersville a place where healthier choices are easier to make. A group of people who started working last spring on a process called Enhancing the Value of Public Spaces – Creating Healthy Communities had …
This article was originally published in the May 2019 issue of Terre Haute Living. In a world where we are constantly asked to have more things completed, assigned more tasks and given more responsibilities, it seems there is a never-ending amount of chaos circling around us. Being more productive is one of the items we …
Conversations move life forward. They can also stop things from moving forward. Relationships begin and end on conversations. Teams are formed and broken apart. Goals are made, expectations laid out, visions happen, all around conversations. When we face difficult conversations, we can do one of three things: we can avoid them, we can face them …
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11, 2019 – Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today announced that USDA and four of its partners are accepting applications from rural communities and regions for technical assistance to implement economic development planning projects. USDA and its partners will review the applications as part of the Rural Economic Development …
The Town of Cumberland, Indiana, has launched a new civic organization dedicated to engaging the public through art and improving the aesthetics of the town. For its first project, the Cumberland Arts and Spaces Task Force (CAST) will oversee the development of an interactive mural on the Buck Creek Trail where it crosses under US …
George Okantey, Purdue Extension Community Development educator in Marion County, was recently named a recipient of the Robert O. Zdenek Staff Member of the Year Award by Prosperity Indiana. The award, which was presented last week at the 2019 Prosperity Indiana Summit, is for his contributions to the organization and to the community economic development …
As 2018 comes to a close, the Extension Community Development team wishes you a new year filled with health, happiness and spectacular success. Enjoy reading our team’s reflections on the past year and what lies ahead. Michael Wilcox, Assistant Program Leader Our 2018 turned out to be filled with successes, challenges and exciting new possibilities. Our Extension …