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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, …
So often my travels leave me weaving alongside desolate country roads that are sparsely populated and towns that are blighted with empty, dusty storefronts. Signs that at one time proudly said “Open” now dangled by a single chain, the storefront pleading for its life for any low rent tenant that might re-inhabit, for even a …
Purdue Extension has offices in all ninety-two counties in Indiana. Through these offices, our educators are able to spend their workdays (and live their lives) in close proximity to their stakeholders. This constant contact offers insights that go beyond the data and builds networks that other institutions often struggle to replicate. Recently, one of our …
In the last ten years, Indianapolis has embarked on a positive economic path with initiatives such as the “quality of life” plans, “great places” initiatives “neighborhood investment plan,” “inclusive growth strategies,” light rail transit and combating structural racism. Most community development practitioners agree that for the long-term success of a flourishing community, a pipeline of …
This September is National Preparedness Month (NPM). The Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) has committed to participate in NPM to increase preparedness throughout the U.S. The event, now in its fifteenth year, is a nationwide, month-long effort hosted by FEMA’s Ready Campaign, to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the …
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 …