Rural development – Indice Rural Tue, 24 May 2022 08:09:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rural development – Indice Rural 32 32 VSU’s Rural Development Institute helps Georgian communities thrive Mon, 23 May 2022 15:27:29 +0000

May 23, 2022

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

Nine Georgia communities representing Bacon County, Crawford County, Dawson County, Lanier County, Mitchell County, Peach County, Seminole County, Twigs County, and Worth County have been selected to attend Valdosta State University’s first rural development institute.


VALDOSTA — With a focus on helping rural communities in Georgia sustain and grow their economies, Valdosta State University is thrilled to launch its first Rural Development Institute.

Nine Georgia communities representing Bacon County, Crawford County, Dawson County, Lanier County, Mitchell County, Peach County, Seminole County, Twigs County, and Worth County have been selected to participate in the 2022 Rural Development Institute.

Presented by VSU’s South Georgia Center for Regional Impact, the Rural Development Institute is an opportunity for the university to continue to support the work of the Governor’s Rural Strike Team and have a positive impact on rural communities in Georgia. Participating communities have already been instructed to use a readiness index to conduct a self-assessment of their recruitment, education, infrastructure, leadership, demographics and quality of life.

On June 7, teams from each of these communities, including economic development, as well as city, county and community leaders, will gather on the VSU campus for a Rural Development Institute Summit. . During this three-day event, they will analyze the results of their self-assessment and work with mentors to identify their unique opportunities and challenges and develop a roadmap for economic success.

“Our goal for the Summit is to deliver a program that emphasizes experiential learning with a strong dose of discussion, debate and teamwork,” said Darrell Moore, Center Director. for VSU’s South Georgia Regional Impact.

Highlights of the Rural Development Institute Summit include content experts, professional developers and consultants who offer sessions on manufacturing, retail as a catalyst for economic growth, downtown redevelopment city, rural tourism strategies to generate wealth, and more. Participating communities will also hear about labor issues, the role elected officials play in economic development, and how community development is often a prelude to economic development.

Each participating community will leave the Summit with a prioritized list of projects and initiatives designed to build a better future for the people who live, work, play and visit in their area. Through experiential learning initiatives, the Center for Regional Impact will use VSU faculty and students to help each community implement at least one of their projects in the months following the Summit.

“Through the partnerships established by VSU’s South Georgia Center for Regional Impact, we have found that many rural communities are experiencing similar challenges,” said John Crawford, vice president for academic advancement. The Rural Development Institute will benefit these communities by providing training, exposure to regional and national experts, and opportunities for collaboration that have been largely unavailable in many parts of rural Georgia.

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Four Laurel students selected for Rural Development Center youth programs | Local News Sat, 21 May 2022 15:00:00 +0000

The Center for Rural Development selected four students from Laurel County to participate in its summer leadership programs.

Rogers Scholars

Trey Jackson, a sophomore at South Laurel High School, will join high school students from across southern and eastern Kentucky this summer for the 25th annual Rogers Scholars Youth Leadership Program. He is the son of Barry and Shana Jackson, of London.

Rogers Scholars, the Center’s flagship youth program, was created thanks to US Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers’ (KY-05) vision that “no young person should have to leave their homes to find their future. “.

Intensive, week-long summer program provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities to high school students in 45 Kentucky counties to develop their skills as the next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders of the region.

“The Centre’s youth programs are unique opportunities for our young leaders to explore what awaits them in education and service to their communities,” said Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of the Center for Rural Development. . “The programs give them the tools they need to thrive in their personal goals and how to make an impact in southern and eastern Kentucky.”

Every graduate of the Rogers Scholars program earns potential access to exclusive scholarship opportunities from some of the top-ranked colleges and universities in the state. To be eligible, students must complete a community service project in their hometown.

The 2022 Rogers Scholars Program will take place June 5-10 on the campus of Morehead State University and July 24-29 on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College. There are no tuition fees to attend the program and accommodation and food are provided free of charge to participants.

Rogers Explorers

Two eighth graders from Laurel County have been selected for the 17th annual Rogers Explorers program – Ryse Sutton, of North Laurel Middle School; and Savannah Blevins, homeschooling.

Sutton is the son of Benjamin and Teshawna Sutton. Blevins is the daughter of Grant and Gloria Blevins. All reside in London.

Rogers Explorers is open to eighth graders in southern and eastern Kentucky who want to develop skills in leadership, team building, community service, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). ).

Explorers is a three-day, two-night program on a college campus in Kentucky where experts will guide them through hands-on assignments. The program is offered free of charge to eligible students in the Central 45 counties main service area.

Rogers Explorers is presented by the Center for Rural Development in partnership with Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Asbury University, University of the Cumberlands and Union College.

Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute

Lukas Johnson, a sophomore at South Laurel High School, has been selected for the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute. He is the son of Sandy Johnson, of London.

ELI is a week-long summer leadership camp for student entrepreneurs. ELI provides high school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky with an in-depth look at what it takes to start their own business – from developing ideas to building a model prototype of their business concept.

The Center for Rural Development partners with the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation and Eastern Kentucky University to develop the program. During the camp, ELI’s business teams will participate in the Business Concept Challenge competition. Members of the winning team will receive a scholarship from EKU.

For more information about the Center’s youth programs, contact Allison Cross, Community Liaison and Youth Programs Coordinator at the Center, at or call 606-677-6000.

Brown Announces More Than $6.6 Million for Rural Development in Southeast Ohio Thu, 28 Apr 2022 18:02:40 +0000

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Department of Rural Development has awarded a total of $6,673,000 to five communities in southeast Ohio.

“This federal funding will enable critical investments in our state’s infrastructure and spur economic growth,” Brown said. “We need to ensure communities in Southeast Ohio have the resources they need to grow local economies and improve the daily lives of their residents. My office and I will continue to work with community partners to ensure Southeast Ohio receives the support it needs.

Funding provided includes:

  • Loan of $165,000 for Washington Township in Columbiana County to finance the acquisition of a dump truck.
  • $6,000,000 loan for Harrison County to finance the construction of a justice centre.
  • Loan of $262,000 for Monroe County to purchase two tractors with boom mowers and a vehicle to maintain county roads and facilities.
  • $71,000 loan for Union Township in Morgan County will purchase a dump truck with plow and salt spreader to maintain and preserve community roads.
  • Loan of $175,000 for Washington County to buy a tractor with a boom mower.

These funds are part of the USDA’s Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program, which provides affordable financing to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. The program helps small towns, cities and rural communities improve their infrastructure and provide essential facilities such as schools, libraries, courthouses, public safety facilities, hospitals, colleges and daycares .

Brown has been a leader for rural communities in Ohio, successfully obtaining a number of important provisions for Ohio farmers in the 2018 Farm Bill. He is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 50 years.


MDARD provides grants to UP communities for rural development projects Fri, 25 Feb 2022 00:02:00 +0000

MARQUETTE COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) — Some rural communities around UP stand to benefit from improved infrastructure.

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Rural Development Fund grants are intended to support projects and industries that benefit rural communities. The department received 114 proposals and awarded grants to 21 projects, including some in Delta, Houghton and Marquette counties.

The Township of Powell received $70,000 to help fund its single-lane trail network expansion project along County Road 510.

“This round of grants would allow us to develop more trails on the east side and new trails on the west side as well,” said Powell Township Parks and Recreation Committee member Lucy Wilcox.

Wilcox says the trail would be accessible by handcycle and the whole project could help attract tourists and improve health.

“Cheers, it’s just a huge giveaway,” she said. “For your sanity, walking in these woods, people are so happy because you’re walking in maples, pines and birches.”

The purpose of these grants is also to promote sustainable land-based industries like food and agriculture, forestry and mining. Ishpeming Public Schools, for example, is set to get $100,000 in conjunction with Partridge Creek Farm to build an intergenerational farm.

“This grant, in particular, will allow us to break new ground this spring/summer and install water, sewer, do some rough grading, and add topsoil and compost,” May said. Tsupros, director of programs and partnerships at Patridge Creek.

The district will fund the project and will be reimbursed by the grant. One of the farm’s goals would be to teach Ishpeming students how to grow and eat healthy food.

“We would like to expand the outdoor gardens to something bigger and better,” Superintendent Carrie Meyer said. “This grant will give us the foundation to start taking the next step and creating that outdoor classroom for these students.”

Both projects are committed to starting as soon as possible.

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UP obtains rural development grants | News, Sports, Jobs Fri, 18 Feb 2022 08:03:24 +0000

EAST LANSING — The towns of Iron Mountain, Norway, Crystal Falls and Iron River are among 12 Upper Peninsula communities that have received rural development grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Michigan USDA Director Brandon Fewins said Thursday.

“These projects represent significant infrastructure investments in public safety and medical care for Upper Peninsula communities,” Fewins said. “It shows how the USDA is working to strengthen rural Michigan.”

The total investment in the Upper Peninsula is $753,500.

Iron Mountain will use a $14,300 grant to purchase a patrol vehicle. The vehicle will be an addition to their current fleet. The police department has an increased need for patrol vehicles for the new code enforcement position in the department.

The $23,200 grant from Norway will also be used to purchase a patrol vehicle. This will replace an older one with high mileage. The grant also includes emergency lighting and safety equipment.

Crystal Falls will use a $27,400 four-wheel-drive patrol vehicle grant to replace a very old, high-mileage vehicle. The grant also includes emergency lighting and safety equipment.

Iron River will use a $100,000 grant to purchase a plow to replace the high-mileage 2001 plow that was barely usable last year.

Other UP grants include:

— Munising Memorial Hospital, in Algiers County, $63,000 for the purchase of a mobile X-ray room. The medical equipment will include a computer interface, treatment software, automatic transfer of patient information and reports.

— Adams Township, Houghton County, $50,000 for the purchase of a fire truck. It is an older one that has outlived its useful life. The new fire truck will be essential in helping the volunteer fire department fight the fires.

— County of Gogebic, $8,400 for the purchase of a new boiler for the heating system, which will replace a 30-year-old model. The boiler is located in the Natural Resources Center, which houses the County Forestry and Parks Division, the Soil Conservation District, and the Michigan State University Extension Office.

— The town of Wakefield, in the county of Gogebic, $242,000 for the purchase of an existing commercial facility in order to relocate its public works department. DPW’s current facilities consist of three separate buildings that are over 100 years old, do not meet current building code requirements, and are undersized for modern equipment, posing a security concern for staff. The new site will allow the city to consolidate all of DPW’s operations into one location that houses critical equipment. The funding includes a standby generator and an elevator to enable in-house vehicle maintenance and repair.

— Houghton County, $70,600 to purchase a pair of patrol vehicles. The Sheriff’s Department has a fleet of 12 vehicles that provide 24-hour highway patrol. The vehicles average 50,000 to 60,000 miles of use per year. The vehicles that will be replaced have over 200,000 miles each.

— The Town of Houghton, County of Houghton, grant of $25,700 for the purchase of a replacement patrol vehicle.

— County of Keweenaw, $18,400 for the purchase of a patrol vehicle. The vehicle will replace an older fleet vehicle with over 200,000 miles and high maintenance costs. Keweenaw County is the least populated county in Michigan and has extensive patrol roads between populated areas of the county.

— The town of Manistique, in Schoolcraft County, $110,500 for the purchase of an ambulance. Manistique Public Safety is a small, full-service facility that provides first response police, fire, and emergency medical services. The Ambulance Division is an Advanced Life Support certified service comprised of paramedics, emergency medical technician specialists and emergency medical technicians who support four ambulances. In addition to responding to 911 emergency calls, the service also performs long-distance patient transfers to major hospitals offering advanced levels of care.

More than 100 types of projects are eligible for community facility funding. Eligible applicants include municipalities, public agencies, non-profit organizations, and federally recognized Native American tribes. Projects must be in rural areas with a population of 20,000 or less. For more information, go to

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Safari hunting companies urged to consider human rights-based rural development Wed, 24 Nov 2021 22:00:42 +0000

Emmanuel Koro
Gone are the days of seasonally focused employment of a handful of locals and distributing a few pieces of protein-rich game meat.

This development approach is unfair to African hunting communities who suffer from the socio-economic costs of coexistence with wildlife. They deserve ongoing investments and life changing benefits from the safari hunting companies operating in their areas.

It is the message of change that rings loud as a saving gunshot in Kill the shepherd; a powerful new documentary. He urges safari hunting companies to consider a human rights-based approach to development supported by ongoing investments in African hunting communities.

The whole world will be taken online to Zambia’s remote and wildlife-rich community, in the documentary Kill the shepherd, from November 27, 2021; to discover a new human rights-based rural development path that a progressive local safari hunting company decided to take.

At the head of this human rights-focused rural development course is a man who has a continuing interest in using international income from hunting to protect the environment and the rights of rural indigenous communities by ensuring a partnership. long term with the kingdom of Shikabeta. His long-term commitment to rural development lies in his wish to die and be buried by villagers in a rural community where he risked permanent investment and prosperity.

He learned about wildlife conservation from his father, a former officer in Zambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management. This sparked Roland Norton’s dream of being a safari hunting operator in a remote rural community of Lower Luano, in the kingdom of Shikabeta. Although his dream encountered significant obstacles, he overcame them.

Today, he has established a large, permanent safari hunting camp that blends in well with the surroundings. One of the biggest ever seen in Africa. Almost like a mini town.

Beautiful to see but difficult to build. It took Norton’s big personal financial risk to make this happen for him and the kingdom of Shikabeta where he now operates and creates much-needed rural development jobs and opportunities.

They range from building three new schools, two clinics, roads, a pavilion for community events, a church, kraals to protect goats, drilling boreholes and purchasing hammer mills.

The socio-economic and political environment for such a large and permanent safari hunting business to thrive in the Shikabeta Kingdom was created by the most unlikely person. She can be rightly described as Zambia’s Iron Lady of Community Development, Wildlife and Environmental Conservation – Her Royal Highness Chief Shikabeta. She fiercely propelled her ambitious mission, rejecting male cultural norms, to eliminate poachers and create opportunities for socio-economic development by bringing safari hunting operators such as the Nortons to the Kingdom of Shikabeta.

She successfully negotiated with the Zambian government to bring international hunting back to the kingdom of Shikabeta. The kingdom of Shikabeta is described in Kill the shepherd like, one of the most remote parts of the country where some people run away from a white man because they have never seen one. Shot by American filmmaker Tom Opre for 100 days in the kingdom of Shikabeta, Kill the shepherd is more about human rights than hunting. It has won numerous awards for best indigenous film, on social issues and human rights, among others; Docs Without Borders Film Festival, Hollywood International Diversity Film Festival, Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (NYC), Cannes World Film Festival and Toronto Independent Film Festival.

These awards, awarded by festivals around the world, give the film specific credibility on the social issues front. “It was on fire,” said a US-based teacher with a black African heritage and highly respected in downtown African-American neighborhoods, John Annoni of Camp Compass who had the privilege of watching Kill the shepherd ahead of its online premiere this month. “When I say it was fire, I mean it was good.

Meanwhile, Opre said the narrative of safari hunting or any hunting “must change.” His desire is to give voice to indigenous rural communities around the world. “This [safari hunting] cannot be a question of dollars spent and acres saved, ”he said. “It has to be about people who live with wildlife. If they don’t see a benefit to their demanding work of nature and habitat conservation, it will all work towards extinction of the Dodo bird. And all of these ignorant modern-day people and “benevolent” animal rights groups are the biggest enemies of these proud rural communities. “

  • Emmanuel Koro is an award-winning, independent environmental journalist based in Johannesburg who writes extensively on environment and development issues in Africa.