CD Wire - August 13, 2018

Mission Statement:
Ohio State University Extension
Community Development
helps communities enhance
their well-being.

AD Update:

-Greg Davis, Assistant Director

Welcome Kenzie Johnston

Kenzie Johnston Kenzie Johnston started in Delaware County on August 6, and will be helping build out programs focused on urban agriculture, agricultural-focused leadership and economic development, and STEM-related youth opportunities.

Kenzie comes to OSU Extension from Scotts Miracle-Gro in Marysville. She is a recent graduate of the OSU Department of ACEL’s Agricultural Communication program and brings some high-profile experience to her new role, having coordinated the marketing and public relations for the 2016 Ohio State Fair. She has also managed the Scotts Miracle-Gro consumer services call center which has handled upwards of 5000 home gardener calls during peak season. She currently serves as a 4-H club advisor in Union County.

Welcome, Kenzie - we look forward to seeing you at the CD in-service on September 5!

NACDEP Comes to Ohio

Trolley Tour 2018-06-12 No, we are not planning to host again (at least not anytime soon). We are, however, planning to document our involvement in hosting the 2018 event by creating a ‘NACDEP Comes to Ohio’ webpage.

As part of the OSU Extension CD webpages, we’ll post the photos and videos you have shared to date as well as thoughts, comments, and reflections in narrative form. 

If you have already shared your photos and reflections, thank you very much. If you have yet to do so, please feel free to forward to Sandy ( Something in narrative form is ideal (we’ll fix up the formatting). And, when the page is posted, we’ll send the URL where you can view photos and see reflections shared by others.



Impact Collaborative Summit 10/16-18/18 - Informative Webinar August 15:

Impact Collaborative The Impact Collaborative is hosting an informative webinar on August 15 at 1 p.m. to provide information about the upcoming Impact Collaborative Summit in Indianapolis, October 16-18.

Your questions will be answered regarding the Summit, outcomes, agenda, or registration. For complete information about the Summit and registration, visit the Summit page.

The Summit is available to all member institutions. Premium member institutions can send a team of up to five people with no registration fee. Basic member institutions can send a team of three people with no registration fee.

Ohio Food Policy Summit - September 24:

Ohio Food Policy Network Save the Date!
The eighth annual Ohio Food Policy Summit will be held on Monday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

Hosted by the Ohio Food Policy Network and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs,
the summit will focus on the financing, investment, and economic development potential of local food systems, with discussions centering around a recent report released by the Federal Reserve entitled “Harvesting Opportunity: The Power of the Regional Food System Investments to Transform Communities.”

This national framework will be applied to discussions on financial resources available for local and statewide efforts, exploring how it can be harnessed to build food systems and how to leverage the economic development potential of local food in Ohio. This event is dedicated to connecting food council members, policy-makers, finance and economic development specialists and all other stakeholders who want to see a strong regional food system in Ohio.

The cost is $20, parking and lunch included. Complete information can be found at, and registration should be open soon.



National Sustainability Summit & National Extension Energy Summit 4/16-19/19 - Proposals due October 1:

Tampa FL Hosted by the University of Florida IFAS Extension and the Southern Rural Development Center in partnership with USDA-NIFA, this joint national conference will be held April 16-19, 2019 at The Westshore Grand in Tampa, Florida. 

NSS+NEES 2019 will bring leading sustainability and energy educators and practitioners together to showcase land grant university Extension and research program successes, share challenges, and identify opportunities to strengthen our collective impacts. Participants will hear from dynamic plenary speakers with expertise in sustainability and energy issues, enhance their professional knowledge and skills through pre-conference educational tours and/or mobile workshops, attend inspiring abstract presentations and networking sessions, and learn from local exhibitors and sponsors. Extension professionals from all national associations will benefit from the cross-disciplinary and process-oriented structure of the joint Summits.

Submission deadline for proposals is October 1. For complete details, visit the conference website.



CFAES Facility Milestones & FY19 Capital Priorities:

Kunz-Brundige Franklin County Extension Facility construction CFAES has reached significant milestones on several priority projects, and the next round of capital priorities was recently approved by The Ohio State Board of Trustees. See the August 2018 Facilities Update for a summary of CFAES milestones and updates, as well as a listing of FY19 capital priorities.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Weekly News Digest (CFAES information blog for faculty & staff)

NCRWN Newsletter (July 2018)

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