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December 2012

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Thursday, 11.15 - Monday, 12.17

The Prometheus Radio Project is heading South this Fall to support social justice and community groups to seize the airwaves and build power with community radio. Prometheus has a decade-long track record of helping community groups build their own community radio stations as tools for organizing and artistic expression. The FCC will be accepting applications for new community radio stations next year. On the tour, Prometheus will share all the steps necessary to apply for a Low Power FM (LPFM) license. Click through for tour dates and more info.



Saturday, 12.01

Grants to support the needs of local communities by funding organizations working to improve the lives of their associates, customers and neighbors.



Tuesday, 12.04 - Thursday, 12.06

From the National Rural Health Association website: "The Rural Multiracial and Multicultural Health Conference is one of the National Rural Health Association's fastest growing conferences. One of the only meetings in the nation to focus on rural multiracial and multicultural health issues, this event offers attendees the opportunity to meet with peers and experts who share unique concerns and interests. This conference is designed for those who are dedicated to bringing quality health care and health care services to this underserved and often under-represented portion of the rural population."


Asheville, North Carolina

Wednesday, 12.05

Pending Farm Bill legislation includes proposals to shift aspects of U.S. agri-environmental policy. Consolidation and shifting emphasis are proposed in several versions of the bill. As voluntary programs, conservation programs rely on farmer participation to achieve environmental goals. This webinar will discuss the current proposals in the Senate and House of Representatives for the conservation title and their potential impact on farmer acceptability and participation. About the speaker: Adam Reimer is a postdoctoral research fellow with the National Agricultural & Rural Development Policy Center. He received his Ph.D. in natural resource social science from Purdue in August 2012 where his dissertation research focused on farmer participation in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, a federal conservation program. He is currently researching emerging agriculture, food, natural resources, and rural development policy issues for the Center. Instructions for Accessing the Webinar: Following is the link you will use to access this free webinar: After opening the link, you will notice “enter as a guest” is by default already chosen. Please type your name into the text box provided, and click on “enter room.” You are now in the meeting room for this webinar. If you have never attended a Connect Pro meeting before: Test your connection:



Wednesday, 12.05 - Friday, 12.07

The National Rural Housing Conference is a gathering of housing and community development organizations that serve rural areas, national housing and rural related associations and groups, federal agency and hill staff, and stakeholders interested in affordable housing in rural America. REGISTER NOW!


Hyatt Regencey Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Friday, 12.07

With regional and local hosts, Texas Rural Innovators presents "Capturing Community Wealth ... and Using it for Community Good." As the current older generation departs the scene, and as the baby boomers follow them, untold billions of dollars will pass from one generation to the next. In rural Texas, much of that wealth will migrate to the major metro areas in Texas and beyond, unless measures are taken to counteract that out-flow. Don Macke, Director of the RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship will talk about measuring the wealth transfer and capturing it for local benefit. Kyle Penney of the East Texas Communities Foundation will discuss results of Macke's Transfer-of-Wealth study for East Texas. Others, from Texas and beyond, will show how they have captured local wealth and put it to use for the future of their communities. To view the agenda click here. To register, email [email protected] with your name, affiliation, email address and city of residence. The Fredericksburg Inn & Suites is holding a block of rooms with a rate of $79 plus tax for the night of December 6. Call (830-997-0202) before November 26 and ask for the Rural Innovators Rate.


Fredericksburg, Texas

Monday, 12.10

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA), the National Center for Frontier Communities (NCFC) and the National Organization for State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) invite you to attend this interactive webinar on the recently released Methodology for Designation of Frontier and Remote Areas (FAR). Dr. John Cromartie and Dr. Gary Hart, coauthors of the FAR methodology, will explain what FAR codes are and how they could be used in policy and research, followed by a discussion of the implications for frontier communities. Federal Agencies and others may in the future choose to use the FAR methodology to demarcate the frontier areas of the U.S., so your comments are important. This webinar is co-sponsored by the NRHA, the NCFC and the NOSORH. Background Information The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) this month released a new methodology for identifying "frontier and remote" (FAR) areas. The FAR methodology, posted for public comment on November 5th, has been four years in the making. It was developed in a collaborative project between ORHP and USDA. Public comments on the FAR methodology are being accepted through January 4th, 2012. Since it could be used to determine eligibility for a large number of federal funding opportunities and programs, it is vital that frontier stakeholders understand how the FAR methodology works and have a chance to give their feedback. Webinar Goals This webinar aims to help frontier stakeholders understand the FAR methodology and to discuss it with other frontier stakeholders and with Drs. Cromartie and Hart. Participants will: • Gain an understanding of what the FAR codes are and how they were created; • Learn about possible uses of the FAR codes in research and policy; • Discuss the possible implications of the FAR codes with other participants and experts in the field; Learn how to submit comments on the FAR methodology. Register here:



Wednesday, 12.19

On Wednesday, December 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Chamber Foundation will co-host a program highlighting the innovation and emerging opportunities that today’s agriculture industry presents for our nation. This program will identify many of the latest innovations and advances in agriculture and show how America’s agriculture community continues to feed an ever growing global population while at the same time supporting American job creation and competitiveness. Secretary Vilsack will deliver remarks at the event, along with U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue, U.S. Forum for Policy Innovation President Margaret Spellings, and many more. The program will be held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – 1615 H Street NW, Washington, D.C.


U.S. Chamber of Commerce – 1615 H Street NW, Washington, D.C.