The NCRCRD is committed to working with partners to address constraints and enhance the capacity for inclusive leadership and civic engagement in the North Central Region.
Outmigration and in-migration trends in rural areas underscore the importance of fostering leadership and civic engagement to promote community vitality. At its core, leadership and civic engagement must incorporate the guiding principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion to position households, businesses, and communities to effectively engage locally and in the North Central Region. The NCRCRD is committed to working with partners to address constraints and enhance the capacity for inclusive leadership and civic engagement in the North Central Region.
Mann will lead the development of two research articles (intended as conference papers and then submissions as journal articles) and two whitepapers. The first article is focused on Mann’s work with the Small Business Innovation Research Program and matched firm-level big-data (National Establishment Time Series or NETS). Conceptually, the paper will explore the influence of SBIR on the success (or performance) of firms and comparing outcomes in rural areas with those of urban areas. Here, success is defined as firm survival and growth (both in terms of jobs and sales). The second article provides a broad review of the past 3 years of research and data associated with the Rural Establishment Innovation Survey (REIS). Mann was part of a small group of researchers granted special access to this data in 2017, and since then Mann has been one of two researchers continuing to explore the data. New literature using the data was published over the past three years, and the article further explores aspects of the data and identifies key lessons learned regarding working with the REIS in the context of innovation creation in rural areas. Next, Mann will work closely with John Phillips, American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), and other Tribal Colleges and University (TCU) stakeholders in developing the first whitepaper. It reflects on Mann’s and Phillips’ prior efforts working with TCUs on research capacity building, identifies major challenges TCUs face in terms of research capacity building, and makes policy recommendations intended to foster the future success of TCUs in the research arena. The second whitepaper is intended to identify lessons learned and practical guidance regarding Mann’s efforts with the Innovations in Agriculture and Rural Development program (2013-2020). Conceptually, the program acted as an Extension-based inventor-investing matching program, where Land Grant University faculty-entrepreneurs had the opportunity to engage with rural and agricultural businesses about their technology. Mann also provides entrepreneurial coaching to faculty and the innovative rural and agricultural firms interested in pursuing SBIR. The period work this year will enable Mann to bring these ongoing projects to fruition. The deliverables include the following:
- Research Article Draft: Influence of SBIR Awards on Rural versus Urban Innovative Firms.
- Research Article Draft: Exploring Innovation Creation in Rural Places.
- Whitepaper Draft: TCU Research Capacity Building: Challenges and Policies.
- Whitepaper Draft: Innovations in Agriculture and Rural Development: Innovation Coaching, Reflections, and the Future.
Updating Marketing Hometown America Curriculum and Expanding to Additional States
November 5, 2019
Principal Investigator: Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Co-Principal Investigator: Neil Linscheid, University of Minnesota; Peggy Schlechter, South Dakota State University; Jodi Burns, North Dakota State University; Abbie Gaffey, Iowa State University
This proposal seeks $13,500 to update the award-winning “Marketing Hometown America” curriculum which is a community engagement process using study circles and action planning to help communities market themselves to new residents and businesses. This project will create a suite of resources to help local Extension staff initiate the program, recruit participants, and successfully conduct the program in their communities. The funds will be used for travel expenses to bring two Extension staff people from each of the five participating states to South Dakota State University for a two-day, facilitated innovation process in April of 2020. The refreshed curriculum will better address issues such as diversity and inclusion and better guidance on how to implement community priorities and projects to achieve their economic development and leadership goals. The revised curriculum will also incorporate the field research gained from the first 52 communities to have completed this program with the scholarly research the program has thus far generated. This proposal also seeks the seed funding needed for an initial large print run of the new materials. The costs for the printing will be recovered through a nominal charge per booklet which will then pay for the on-going costs of reprinting materials. This keeps the cost of providing the program affordable for the small communities targeted by this program.
Expanding the Intelligent Community Extension Program
November 15, 2018
Principal Investigator: Roberto Gallardo, Purdue University
Co-Principal Investigator: Charlotte Narjes and Connie Hancock, University of Nebraska
With the socioeconomic landscape changing due to the disruptions brought forth by the digital age, rural communities need to transition to a digital mindset in order to adapt and prosper and avoid being on the wrong side of the digital divide. Extension can play a more active role in helping rural communities achieving this mindset transition and reducing the rural digital divide by facilitating and implementing the Intelligent Community Extension Program (ICEP). ICEP is a pilot program first developed in Mississippi but currently being piloted in Indiana and Nebraska rural communities. ICEP is community driven and utilizes the community development self-help approach and the Intelligent Community framework to help rural communities transition to, plan for, and prosper in the digital age. The ICEP is a process that consists of awareness, asset mapping, implementing & documenting, and recognition. Extension personnel and resources play a critical role in this process.
This project will help fine-tune the pilot ICEP by providing seed funding for communities to implement some Intelligent Community recommendations. Next, the ICEP will be fine-tuned by documenting and identifying funding patterns aside from interacting with four communities across two states. Once the pilot ICEP is fine-tuned, up to 10 Extension personnel will be trained throughout the NCRCRD region to expand this program. In the end, more communities that are rural will adapt and prosper in the digital age and Extension will demonstrate its relevance in addressing 21st century issues.
Tribal Nations Lead! Leadership Development in the Great Lakes Region (TNLL)
November 15, 2018
Principal Investigator: Emily Proctor, Michigan State University
Co-Principal Investigator: Brian Gauthier, Lac du Flambeau Tribal UWEX; Ellen J. Geisler, Annie Jones, and Cathy Techtmann (University of Wisconsin); Bethany Prykucki and Eric Walcott (Michigan State University); and John C. Young, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
The North Central Region is home to 56 federally recognized Tribes, 23 of those reside in Michigan and Wisconsin, each with a unique system of governance. Based on federal trust responsibilities the Cooperative Extension services in Michigan and Wisconsin have a responsibility to build relationships and partnerships with the tribal communities that we serve. Community development has been the responsibility of local governments, planners and politicians. But in many communities there is a deep desire for more grass roots involvement in the development of current and future leaders. It is essential for Tribes to develop successional leadership plans within their communities in order to address emerging cultural, economic, and social issues. While there are Cooperative Extension leadership development programs, there is a lack of training that integrates indigenous teachings with western leadership concepts to promote culturally relevant leadership in tribal communities. Likewise, there are important leadership lessons to be learned from Tribal cultures that can be shared to strengthen non-tribal leadership development programs across the region.
Using Community Supported Enterprises to Address Shrinking Markets in Rural Areas (9/12/19)
Presented by: Norman Walzer (Northern Illinois University) and David Ivan (Michigan State University)
The Midwest Big Data Hub: advancing the data ecosystem, projects and partnerships (3/14/19)
Presented by: Melissa Cragin and Alice Delage (University of Illinois)
Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Emerging HSIs in the Midwest (3/4/19)
Presented by: Rene Rosenbaum (Michigan State University) and Stephen Jeanetta (University of Missouri)
Reconceptualizing Quality, Affordable Childcare as Public Utility: Family, Child, and Economic Development Perspectives (2/11/19)
Presented by: Bradford Wiles & Jessie Piper (Kansas State University), Holly Hatton-Bowers (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Alison Brennan (Michigan State University)
Leading in a Global World (12/18/18)
Presented by: Holli Arp and Tobias Spanier (University of Minnesota), and Kari O’Niel and Kenneth Sherin (South Dakota State University)
Bringing Co-operative Back in to the Community Economic Development Toolbox (11/13/18)
Presented by: Keith Taylor, University of California
Workforce Development in Extension (6/4/18)
Presented by: Kenneth Sherin (South Dakota State University) and Cheryl Burkhart Kriesel(University of Nebraska)
Supporting Local Food Councils: A New Professional Development Course (1/15/18)
Presented by: Kendra Wills (Michigan State University) and Jodee Ellett (Purdue University)
Seed funding will be provided for multistate working groups focused on the NCRCRD’s three thematic areas of resilient communities and economies, develop leadership and civic engagement, and promote community health and wellness that integrate research and Extension. Funding can be used for team development and meetings, preliminary data collection, or other activities that facilitate multi-state regional and sustainable collaboration that lead to relevant regional outputs. These projects will result in scholarly work such as research publications, Extension curricula, and proposals for external funding.
Working groups must be comprised as follows:
- A representative of a North Central Region College or University (a minimum of six states must be represented)
- The team must have a balance between research and outreach