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~by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension When I speak to community leaders throughout Indiana as part of Purdue Extension’s Community Leadership Program, I will often ask participants about their experiences serving on local boards. One question that I like to ask is if they have ever served on a community board that …
Plan to attend the Virtual Indiana Land Use Summit on September 8 & 9, 2021. All sessions will be live with recordings posted for later viewing. Conference content will be focused on innovations in land use planning for agriculture and natural resources. Save the date: Sept. 8 & 9, 8:30 am – 11:30 pm CT …
~ by Heather Strohm, Regional Extension Educator, Community Development – Purdue University   Driven by the work ethic her mother instilled in her, Sherri Bryant established Team Bryant six years ago when she moved to Indianapolis. She dappled in real estate back then. But recognizing the market was establishing momentum, Sherri began to make significant …
Michael Wilcox
~by Michael Wilcox Assistant Director and Program Leader for Community Development / Purdue Extension Associate Director / North Central Regional Center for Rural Development (NCRCRD)     I must be getting old. My mind seems to receive input and then I immediately associate that input with a song which – more often than not – …
~by Dr. Larry DeBoer Suppose you’ve been prevented from buying things for a year, or maybe a decade. Now the dishwasher is on the fritz, the tires are nearly bald, and the springs on the couch have sprung.  Or, you’ve not been to a restaurant or concert or ballgame—or anywhere—for all that time. Then the …
Michael Wilcox
by Michael Wilcox and Elisa Worland For many, just reading the title of this article sets off the tune in your head. Well, assuming that you can find it in your brain, which has become a jumbled mess over the last year for many of us. In the song, Jackson Browne sings: “Gotta do what …
Kara Salazar
~ by Kara Salazar, AICP, Assistant Program Leader and Extension Specialist for Sustainable Communities, Purdue Extension, Illinois – Indiana Sea Grant As we begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, how do we re-engage community through inclusive public spaces? The Project for Public Spaces has a thought-provoking, four-part article series, A Playbook for Inclusive Placemaking. This …
When you’re looking to make data-driven decisions for local government financing, don’t overlook a great tool from the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD): Rural Indiana Stats. This site features a capacity-cost index, calculated by Dr. Larry DeBoer, that helps everyone from local residents to local elected officials understand what resources are available to them …
~ by Heather Strohm, Regional Extension Educator, Community Development – Purdue University Before the pandemic, a digital media company in Denver with 100 employees, was embarking on an expansion to double its size. On March 11, 2020, when the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the COVID outbreak a pandemic, the company’s plans were halted and …
~by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension “My board started doing this a year ago, and we will NEVER go back to running meetings the old way.” “I love it. Our meetings are much more efficient now.” “I’m definitely going to bring this up to my board. We need to do this.” These …