CD Wire - March 2, 2020

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

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

Final Request: North Central Region Program Impact Reporting – Please Respond ASAP

Thanks to those that have sent me your 2019 program indicators. If you have not done so, please send them to me by the end of the day March 3.

Original note below:

As in previous years, we have the opportunity to contribute our 2019 Ohio data to the North Central Region Indicators Report. The due date this year is April 10.

How do you participate? Please take a few minutes to provide figures that apply to your work (in some cases, well-informed estimates are the best we can do, and that is fine). You can enter your figures into the downloadable Excel file found here, save, and send to me ( by February 28. I’ll aggregate and send the Ohio report to be included in the larger North Central CD Program report.

Spending 10 minutes or so to reflect, locate existing data/report files or estimate if needed, and to plug in numbers is probably about right. And, if you are wondering whether your participation matters, know that your efforts have helped demonstrate NIFA’s financial support for our region’s rural development center (ours would be the NCRCRD). These dollars have supported the North Central Region’s Multi-state Grants programs from which we have been awarded more than $120,000 over the past 9 years!

Having figures for each of the categories is not required for you to participate. Feel free to submit anything you have available. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

NACDEP 2020 Registration - Super Early Bird runs March 2-8

NACDEP 2020 Super Early Bird Registration

Registration is now open for NACDEP 2020 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire! NACDEP members will save $75 by taking advantage of the super early bird rate by registering before March 8. You will need a T# before you can register!

The conference offers a great way to meet and reconnect with Extension peers from across the nation! Network, learn and share then return home refreshed and with new ideas!

The conference will take place at the Sheraton Harborside Hotel May 31-June 3. Portsmouth, which sits at the mouth of the Piscataqua River where it meets the Atlantic, is a popular visitor destination with over 100 restaurants and a hopping downtown with music, arts, and events. According to USA Today, Portsmouth has one of the country’s top three small-town food scenes.

Check out the invitation from your NACDEP Board here. You can register and learn more about the conference here.

Community Development Professional Feature

Today, I hope you enjoy learning more about Nancy Bowen and all the great community economics programs she conducts throughout Ohio. The next time you see Nancy be sure to ask about her expertise with helping communities recover from natural disasters!

Congratulations . . .

I want to thank everyone that applied for the Ohio NACDEP Awards.

Congratulations to the winners:

  • Meghan Thoreau: Excellence in Community Development, Individual
  • Gwynn Stewart: Excellence in Community Development, Team
  • Joe Lucente: Educational Technology, Individual
  • Brian Raison: Educational Materials, Individual
  • Eric Romich: Educational Materials, Team
  • Meghan Thoreau: Cross Program, Individual
  • Amanda Osborne: Cross Program, Team
  • Brian Raison: Innovation and Creativity, Individual
  • Brooke Beam: Innovation and Creativity, Team
  • Kenzie Johnston: Excellence in Teamwork, Team

2020 CFAES Distinguished Senior Award

Marlee Stollar Our very own Marlee Stollar was recently named a CFAES distinguished senior.

The CFAES Distinguished Senior Award honors academic, disciplinary and professional excellence in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. It is the most prestigious undergraduate award in CFAES, recognizing our top graduating seniors each year. Congratulations Marlee!  We are so proud you.

Have a great week and remember: ‘Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.’  -Mother Teresa


CD Professional FEATURE:

Getting to know Nancy Bowen
Associate Professor &
Extension Field Specialist,
Community Economics

Nancy Bowen
Located at:

The Ohio State University at Lima
204E Galvin Hall
4240 Campus Drive
Lima, OH 45804

Program focus:

Business Retention & Expansion (BR&E)
Downtown Development
Economic Impact Analysis
Renewable Energy Development
Strategic Planning

About Nancy:

I relocated from the New Orleans area in March 1999 with my husband and five-year-old daughter to start work as an Extension CD educator for Van Wert County. The position was one of only two at the time (the other in Noble County) that served as both Extension educator and as the city and county economic development director. I was the second educator in the position, which had been created in 1997 as a city/county/Extension partnership. My background was in urban planning and economic development since the early 1980s, but this was my very first exposure to Extension.

It was a big move, but was also a nice fit for our family. As a field operator in the oil and gas industry, my husband was hired at the Lima Refinery (now Husky Energy), my daughter started kindergarten in the local schools with children who would become lifelong friends, and I was able to spend more time with my aging parents who lived just two hours away in Jackson, Michigan. We also enjoy country living—hiking, gardening, bird watching, and our English Shepherds.

Nancy's Work:

As a CD educator in Van Wert, my work focused on local and regional economic development and community planning. County-wide focus group sessions helped to identify local programmatic needs. There was a lack of trust, so one of the primary goals was to build an organization that represented the entire community. We built a diversified program that included local organizational capacity building, entrepreneurship, BR&E, attraction, workforce and downtown development, complete with metrics and benchmarks. It was all-consuming, exciting work.

In February 2012, I was hired to work in a newly created statewide position, field specialist community economics. While my work continues to be focused in economic development and community planning, I also specialize in economic impact analysis (EIA) and targeted grant supported initiatives. I frequently collaborate with others to investigate, write and secure grants, and to research and write articles or creative works. Since 2017, I’ve been project lead for a collaborative land reuse project in Lima supported by private donations and grants. Several other grant projects are currently on my plate, including a multi-state business succession/BR&E research project, and a regional economic development planning project.

I enjoy working with colleagues in CD and in other Extension program areas, other colleges throughout the university, and in other states on a variety of community economic development initiatives. What makes my job fun is the variety of place, people, and projects.

You can reach Nancy at or 567-242-7268.



Food Security & Healthy Communities–What’s Happening in Ohio - March 6: 

Food Security & Healthy Communities - What's Happening in Ohio On March 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., "Food Security & Healthy Communities - What's Happening in Ohio" will be held in Thompson Library room 165.

Nearly 11% of the world’s population are food insecure or malnourished, and it may get worse: by 2050 farmers will need to produce almost 60% more food than currently. This presentation will feature a panel of community members helping to combat food security in their local communities. The event is free and open to the public with lunch provided. Read more. Register.

Think Beyond: Defining the 21st Century Land-grant Institution - March 20:

Defining the 21st Century Land Grant As land-grant universities have evolved and become more complex than ever before, so have the challenges they are facing within their states and local communities.

On March 20, the third and final sesquicentennial summit will convene university leaders, public officials, and strategic nonprofit and business leaders to examine the dynamic tensions, challenges, and opportunities that exist for Ohio State as a land-grant university in the 21st century. The summit is 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Ohio Union. Read more

Celebrating Outreach and Engagement at Ohio State - April 1:

OSU Engages Join colleagues April 1 to celebrate the impact Ohio State and the community are making together.

Hear from faculty who are leading the way with innovative community engagement programs and see the presentation of the 2020 University Outreach and Engagement Awards for Community Engaged Scholars, Community Engaged Programs and Community Partner. The event begins at 3 p.m. in the Ohio Union Performance Hall. Read more. Register.

Scholarship and the Census: Showcasing Examples from Across Ohio State - April 1:

The census provides critical data that many stakeholders use to make impactful decisions about how federal funding and other types of services will be provided to communities nationwide. Census data products also provide a treasure trove of demographic and socioeconomic information that scholars from many disciplines use to conduct research and create new knowledge for a multitude of topics.

Ohio State faculty, postdocs, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students are invited to this panel discussion to be held Wednesday, April 1, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Research Commons, 3rd floor 18th Avenue Library on the Columbus campus. Researchers from several disciplines will discuss their areas of study, uses of Census data, and perspectives on this nationwide population count. Read more and register here.

Evaluating Consumer Food Waste Reduction Interventions - April 1:

On April 1 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., the "Evaluating Consumer Food Waste Reduction Interventions" event will be held at The Blackwell Inn. This session will include presentations from local, national, and international researchers on the effectiveness of various food waste reduction efforts. Participants can attend in person or via Zoom. For those attending on-site, there will be additional breakout sessions. Register to attend either in-person or via Zoom.

A Call to Action: 21st Century Leadership and Public Service - April 7:

A Call to Action 2020 Event The John Glenn College of Public Affairs is proud to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its nationally-ranked public administration program.

On April 7, the Glenn College will commemorate this milestone with a community conversation featuring former NASA administrator Charles Bolden, Jr., former United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and chairwoman and chief executive officer of General Dynamics Phebe Novakovic. The event will be in Mershon Auditorium from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Read more and purchase tickets.

2020 CFAES Annual Research Conference - April 21:

2020 CFAES Annual Research Conference

The 2020 CFAES Annual Research Conference will be held on Tuesday, April 21, at the Wooster Campus Conference Center. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend this celebration of CFAES research and hear updates about the college from Dr. Cathann Kress, Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean,  Dr. Gary Pierzynski, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, and speaking on the Discovery Themes initiative, Dr. Randy Moses, Senior Associate Vice President for Research Administration. Registration closes on April 8. Read more and register.

Advancing Culturally Responsive Research and Researchers - May 13-15:

Advancing Culturally Responsive Research and Researchers The College of Education and Human Ecology (EHE) and the EHE Data Access & Analysis Core are sponsoring a 3-day advanced methods institute—Advancing Culturally Responsive Research and Researchers on May 13-15.

The goal of this event is to provide an opportunity for an open and challenging discussion of the ways in which research methods impact the cultural relevance and sustainability of scholarly research in the social-behavioral sciences. The institute will be comprised of a series of workshops, with each workshop focusing on a methodological issue (e.g., sampling, design, measurement and data collection, data analysis) that has key implications for the protection of cultural identities, traditions, and ways of life. This institute will be in the Greater Columbus Convention Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Click here for complete information, including registration.



Outreach and Engagement Grant Opportunities - Application Deadline March 22:

Outreach and Engagement Grant Opportunities

The Office of Outreach and Engagement will be providing grant funds through a competitive process to university faculty and staff to support program, performance, exhibition impact assessment, public policy review/development, professional development programs, and professional conference or workshop participation.

The deadline to apply is March 22. Funds will be available beginning May 15 and must be expended with report due to the Office of Outreach and Engagement by March 31, 2021. Read more.



Call for OSU Extension Work-Life Work Group - Respond by March 6:

Work-life balance If you are interested in contributing to a conversation about work-life balance and employee morale, as well as the identification of solutions for improving these topics, please email Jackie Wilkins ( by March 6. The goal is to have representation from all program areas, position types, and levels of experience in Extension.

UITL Teaching Support Program - Compensation closing March 31:

UITL Compensation is closing on March 31 for the Teaching Practices Inventory, Teaching@Ohio State modules and Reading List Reflection.

Faculty are encouraged to complete these sections of the Teaching Support Program as they are prerequisites for Instructional Redesign (IR). After March 31, compensation will be offered for Instructional Redesign only. Read more.

Community Quality of Life Placemaking:

Community Quality of Life Placemaking Entrepreneurship is a creative process in which entrepreneurial talent envisions, creates and grows entrepreneurial ventures.

Where these entrepreneurs live, work and play is important to them, their employees and families. In this paper, the powerful connection between community quality of life and thriving eEcosystems is explored. It also focuses on why placemaking should be a design element in community economic development plans. Read more.

White House unveils Action Guide to help curb Rural Drug Addiction:

Rural Community Action Guide The Administration released a new tool to assist rural community leaders in building an effective local response to the crisis of addiction, the Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy Drug-Free Rural Communities

Farm and Farm Family Risk and Resilience Guide for Extension Educational Programming:

Farm and Family Risk and Resilience Guide Click here to obtain this unique multidisciplinary guide that offers a rationale for addressing ordinary and extraordinary stress experiences by farms and farming populations.

CFAES Cornerstone Conversations Podcast Series - Spring Semester:

Cornerstone Conversations Cornerstone Conversations, a new podcast series, will share the varying facets of our college through the voice of the people that make CFAES a success.

Dr. Cathann Kress, Vice President for Agricultural Administration and Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, will be the first guest on the series, which will run throughout the spring semester and will include interviews with faculty, staff, and students who will share the many ways in which their teaching, research, and experiences fulfill the vision of our great college. You can subscribe to Cornerstone Conversations on Apple Podcasts and SoundCloud.

New Extend-by-phone Parking Feature:

Parking kiosk CampusParc has implemented a new extend-by-phone feature on pay-by-plate machines. Simply enter your phone number in the machine when you start your session and a text message will be sent to you before your payment expires, allowing you to pay for additional time if needed. Read more.

Articles/Publications of Interest:

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

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (February 2020)

The Drop - NCRWN eNewsletter (February 2020)

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