https://www.njit.edu/tab/tools-and-guidelines/">“Implementing Infill Development on Brownfields in Rural Areas and Small Towns.” The New Jersey Institute of Technology Technical Assistance for Brownfields team has released a new resource to support Brownfields development. This source contains information about the economic, environmental, health, and social benefits of brownfields redevelopment. It includes steps for implementing infill development including best practices.
https://www.rwjf.org/en/blog/2018/12/healthier-communities-start-with-kids.html">Healthier Communities Start With Kids Focusing on our community’s youngest residents can spark broad vision and change. Hudson, New York did just that. Hudson is home to fewer than 7,000 people. The city was hit hard by deindustrialization in the late 20th century, facing economic decline as factories closed and industry jobs left. In recent years development has surged, with the opening of antique stores, restaurants and art galleries. The city has become a popular destination for tourists and second-home owners. Read how they focused on youth and sparked some change.
A new report from the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, https://www.brookings.edu/research/countering-the-geography-of-discontent-strategies-for-left-behind-places/">“Countering the Geography of Discontent: Strategies for Left-behind Places,” provides recommendations to improve outcomes of economically struggling regions. These include: boosting digital skills; ensuring businesses in lagging regions have access to capital; reducing gaps in broadband; identifying “growth poles” that can support regional growth; and helping Americans move toward opportunity.
- https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/2018/comm/broadband-counties.html">Broadband Subscription Rate for U.S. Counties The U.S. Census Bureau unveils data showing average broadband subscription rates for households with incomes under $50,000 and incomes of $50,000 or more, for mostly urban, mostly rural, and completely rural counties.
- https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/2018/comm/acs-5yr-poverty-all-counties.html">County Poverty Rate for the United States: 2013-2017 National map showing county-level poverty rates. Additional links: https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/2018/comm/acs-5yr-poverty-completely-rural.html">Completely Rural Counties, https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/2018/comm/acs-5yr-poverty-mostly-rural.html">Mostly Rural Counties, https://www.census.gov/library/visualizations/2018/comm/acs-5yr-poverty-mostly-urban.html">Mostly Urban Counties
Events and Learning
The National Association of Workforce Boards has recently featured https://www.nawb.org/WorkforceCentral">“Emerging Trends and the Future of Work” in its podcast series. Features teachings on how to separate out "noise" from truly important data and how to sift through various information sources. https://ion.workforcegps.org/">The Innovation and Opportunity Network offers an inventory of https://ion.workforcegps.org/resources/2016/02/02/11/26/Inventory_of_Program_Toolkits_Design_Service_Delivery">Program Toolkits to help design service delivery for your Workforce. This free learning tool includes a wide variety of Labor related resources.
https://www.usda.gov/media/press-releases/2018/10/25/usda-announces-2019-agricultural-outlook-forum">USDA's 2019 Agricultural Outlook Forum takes place on Feb. 21-22, 2019, in Arlington, VA, with the theme “Growing Locally, Selling Globally,” and highlights current issues and trends affecting agricultural production and global markets.
http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/">The USDA National Farmers Market Directory, maintained by AMS Marketing Services, is designed to provide members of the public with convenient access to information about U.S. farmers market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, and accepted forms of payment. Visit your local market this week and support your local growers!
https://www.fci.coop/">Food Co-op Initiative (FCI) shares a https://www.fci.coop/about-us/food-co-op-development-model/">model they boast as “proved to be the basis of successful retail food co-op development” and other https://www.fci.coop/category/news-events/">resources for the public to support Coop success! The FCI supports the http://icdc.coop/up-coming-2019">Up and Coming, a Food Coop Conference on March 1 -2 in Milwaukee, WI.