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~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 …
~by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension I can’t resist a good presentation graphic. Whenever I find an illustration that nicely captures a thought, theme, or theory, I’m all over it. Of all the graphics that I use within Purdue Extension, this one is near the top of my list: The Board Development …
~by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension Anywhere from 30-50% of you reading this column may often identify with this situation:  You are driving home from a community board or committee meeting, or perhaps you just clicked the red “Leave Meeting” button in Zoom, when you suddenly think of what you really wanted …
~by Steve Yoder, Community Development Regional Educator, Purdue Extension As an instructor for the Beginner’s Guide to Grant Writing program, one of my favorite things to do is ask participants to share a memorable takeaway from the class. Often, what sticks with them are the various “insider tips” that they hear about during the two-day …
~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 …
This year has given all community development educators a reason to tune into the expertise of the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN). Registration is now open for EDEN’s virtual Annual Meeting scheduled for Sept. 22-25, 2020. And, according to its organizers Abby Lillpop and Cheyanne Geideman, you’re not going to want to miss what Extension professionals …
~by Melinda Grismer, Community Development Specialist, Purdue Center for Regional Development A Latino Health Needs & Workforce Assessment study has launched in Clinton County as a collaboration between the Indiana Minority Health Coalition (IMHC), the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD), the Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM) at West Lafayette, Purdue Polytechnic, the Learning …
Gina Anderson
~by Gina Anderson, Floyd County Community Development Educator Let Us Learn, Inc. (LUL) was a brand-new 501(c)3 nonprofit at the beginning of 2017. We received our nonprofit status in December of 2016, and we were ready to get to work. I had never written a grant until then. When I saw the Purdue class on …
Small Businesses trying to recover from COVID-19
This article contains a list of resources for Indiana small businesses to support economic retention and recovery related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. It will be regularly updated to include the latest information and resources as they are made available. Business Counseling (No-Cost) Small Business Administration:  The SBA works with a number of local partners to …
As globalization continues to chug along and the digital age continues to take hold, communities in Indiana need to adapt in order to remain competitive. Remaining competitive however, is easier said than done. While adequate broadband infrastructure, an entrepreneurship ecosystem, a knowledge workforce, adequate housing, and access to capital remain key ingredients for this competitiveness, …