UNWTO Hosts First Meeting on Measuring Sustainable Tourism

With the support of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), UNWTO has launched the initiative Towards a Statistical Framework for Measuring Sustainable Tourism (MST). The aim is to develop an international statistical framework for measuring tourism’s role in sustainable development, including economic, environmental and social dimensions. The framework aims to provide a common language and organizing structure for exploiting the richness of data already available and for more effective data production, management and integration. To learn more, click here: http://statistics.unwto.org/mst

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CRD Webinar Series | SRDC

Igniting the Spark for Community Development: Developing Community Readiness
November 15th, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. CT/ 1:00 p.m. ET

Often communities struggle with getting their citizenry involved in community betterment. In this session, we will explore the concept of community readiness, and discuss programs and methods that encourage public engagement.

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Call for Proposals: 2017 CDS/NACDEP Conference


Big Skies/Bold Partnerships: Moving Mountains Together
CDS/NACDEP Joint Conference
June 11-14, 2017
Big Sky, Montana

The Community Development Society (CDS) and the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) are requesting proposals for refereed presentations and posters relating to community development.  Submissions relating to the joint conference theme, “Big Skies: Bold Partnerships-Moving Mountains Together” are encouraged, but all submissions will be given full consideration.

Call for Proposals-October 17-November 18, 2016 (no late abstracts will be accepted).  For full details click here  

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National Co-op Month: Rural Business-Cooperative Service webinar series

October is National Cooperative Month! As part of this month’s celebration, USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is holding a series of training and informational webinars to showcase the many important ways cooperatives empower our daily lives.

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UM Extension Hiring: Tourism Extension Educator

profile-photo-umntourism-96x96-jpgUniversity of Minnesota Tourism Center seeks an 80% time educator to work with Minnesota communities and the tourism industry to develop tourism opportunities through education and community development programs. The educator will have statewide responsibility to support programs, applied research and outreach for the center. The educator will be based in the Tourism Center on the St Paul campus or at a regional center to be determined. The detailed job posting is found online at: http://bit.ly/2cfd2IV or via the Community Vitality listing at http://www1.extension.umn.edu/about/employment/.

Tourism Center educators use research-based programs and scholarly/scientific research to help communities and the tourism industry make informed decisions that strengthen and sustain tourism efforts. The educator will develop, deliver, teach and evaluate Tourism Center programs such as customer service, festival and event management and tourism development.  Candidates need a master’s degree and two years of related work experience.

Review of applications begins on October 18, 2016. The position will remain open until filled.  For more information, contact Cynthia Messer, Director, University of Minnesota Tourism Center, at 612-624-6236 or cmesser@umn.edu


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9/13 – 9/29/16: USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service Webinar Series

September is Rural Development Month at the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is holding a series of informational webinars to share success stories and best practices on how customers and partner organizations have used RBS programs and resources to support businesses in rural and Tribal communities. Customers and stakeholders interested in learning more about RBS programs—and how customers have used our financing tools to support entrepreneurship—are encouraged to participate in this opportunity to engage with diverse partner organizations, ask questions, and learn more. For additional information, or to request special accommodations, please contact: rdced@wdc.usda.govClick here for the webinar series schedule (PDF download).

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10/17/16: Regional Rural Development Centers Webinar Series

Social Network Analysis for the Uninitiated: What is it and what is it good for?

October 17th, 2016; 1 pm CT/2:00 pm ET, free registration

Extension programs have a long history of building relationships toward increasing social capital…and an equally long history of inadequately sharing this news with key stakeholders. Social Network Analysis (SNA) is one tool that can help tell the story of the effectiveness of relationship building efforts. SNA is a method that visualizes, as well as quantifies, the depth and breadth of relationships within or among people, groups, or organizations. It can even be used to measure changes in connectivity over time, in groups that are working together towards the same goals. This webinar will provide an introduction to the theory underlying SNA, the uses of SNA, and the methods, tools, and skills needed to conduct SNA projects.

Click here to register and join this free webinar. The webinar is sponsored by the Regional Rural Development Centers.

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10/5 – 10/6: Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference

2016 Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities Conference; Oct. 5 – 6, 2016, Port Huron, MI. Sponsored by Michigan State University Extension. Registration: $85

CEC_LogoThe objective of the Connecting Entrepreneurial Communities (CEC) Conference is to empower community teams to be more entrepreneur-friendly and provide tips, tools, best practices and success stories to support entrepreneurial growth in their community.

The 2016 Conference will feature three keynote speakers and a record-breaking 26 breakout sessions to choose from. With sessions embedded in shops and venues throughout the downtown, the conference offers the unique opportunity to not only learn about, but experience an entrepreneurial community. Plus, these venues are great networking opportunities for sharing best practices and learning what other communities are doing to support entrepreneurs. Join other like-minded community leaders to grow Michigan’s economy (and yours) through local entrepreneurs. The conference costs only $85 and registration is open! Visit the CEC webpage for more information, and you can check us out on Facebook as well. For more info and to register, click here.

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8/16/16: Southern CRD Webinar Series

Responsive Countryside: The Digital Age and Rural Communities

Mississippi State University Extension
August 16, 2016; 1 pm EST, free registration

The digital age is upon us. Its exponential, digital, combinatorial, and disruptive characteristics are ushering in revolutionary changes to our economic and social landscape. While serious privacy and security concerns abound, applications such as e-commerce, telehealth, telework, precision agriculture, and artificial intelligence have the potential to level the playing field between urban and rural communities. A four-step process in which the state Extension Service plays a critical role in helping rural communities transition to, plan for, and prosper in the digital age is showcased.

Click here to register and join this free webinar. The webinar is sponsored by the Southern Rural Development Center.

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6/22/16: Southern CRD Webinar Series

Tourism in Extension: How We Assist Landowners, Communities and the Public At Large
Miles Phillips and Stephen Brueggerhoff, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
June 22, 2016; 11 am CST, free registration

Join Miles Phillips, director of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Nature Tourism program, and Stephen Brueggerhoff, managing Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Texas Friendly Hospitality and Texas Event Leadership Progam, for an engaging free webinar discussing their extension work in tourism.

Click here to register and join this free webinar. The webinar is sponsored by the Southern Rural Development Center.

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