CD Wire - June 22, 2020

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

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

Change of Seasons

Although we have experienced warm and sunny weather as of late, the official first day of summer was the past Saturday. As we start the summer season, I reflect on how OSU Extension has changed as well. Just a few short months ago we transitioned to our home offices (or kitchen tables!) and learned all about Zoom fatigue. Now, many of our county Extension offices are returning to their offices in various capacities.

As we transition to summer, I ask that you consider reflecting for a few minutes and to celebrate your successes over the past few months and how you will continue to impact your community moving forward.

Community Development In-Service

Although we are not sure (as of this writing) if we can meet face-to-face in August, please continue to hold August 6 for our in-service. If you are interested in developing the agenda, please reach out to me. The goal of our time together is to make sure that these in-services have value to you and your programmatic development.

Director Wilkins’ Video Update

The next interim director’s video update will be held on Tuesday, June 30 at 9 a.m.

Note – registration is required. Register in advance for this webinar here. Please register by Friday, June 26 if possible. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar. The video will also be recorded for those who cannot attend the live update.

Meet Myra Moss, Professor and Extension Educator

If your community is interested in developing a sustainable plan or you are interested in learning the difference between a sustainable plan and a more traditional comprehensive land use plan, please reach out to Myra. While she specializes in sustainable planning for communities, she also conducts programming around entrepreneurship development and energy in Ohio. Read more in the feature below.

Have a great week and remember: “Did you wake up this morning wondering what this day will bring to you? Instead, decide what YOU will bring to this day!"
-Bruce Van Horn


CD Professional FEATURE:

Getting to know Myra Moss,
professor & Extension educator

Myra Moss
Located at:

OSU Extension - Muskingum County 
225 Underwood Street
Zanesville, OH 43701

Program focus:
  • Energy Development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable Communities
    • Sustainable Planning
    • Community Capacity
About Myra:

Landing with Extension in 1989 was the culmination of a 25-year journey to discover where and how I could do the most good for those families and individuals who were struggling economically. I began my career with Community Action Agencies doing program development, worked in a drug/alcohol agency developing a youth in-patient facility, and was Director of the Athens City-County Planning and Development Council of Governments, to name a few. I concluded that if real economic improvement was to happen, people needed good jobs.

When the Extension Agent position in Jackson and Vinton Counties was announced I jumped at the chance to achieve my personal goals, and in June of 1989 I began as the first two-county agent engaged in Economic Development. We were very successful in attracting/expanding business and industry and creating jobs, but the extent of the benefit to those who needed it the most and to the community was not as great as I expected. I realized that economic gains were not enough - social equity and inclusion, educational achievement, and environmental health were also necessary for a community to truly thrive. I began to embrace the concept of sustainable development and have continued to apply it to my work with groups and communities.

My favorite hobbies include riding my horse, bike riding, yoga, and gardening. My favorite activities include spending time with my son and daughter and family.

Myra's Work:

Favorite programs/projects:

My favorite program involves the application of sustainable development cornerstones to community and organizational visioning and planning. I have seen lasting, transformational changes when communities and organizations commit to inclusion in planning guidance, outreach, and engagement, and build long-term goals that balance and interconnect social, environmental, and economic benefits (visit the Sustainable Development Initiative program page). Recent programs that are exciting include the revision of curriculum designed to help communities become Entrepreneur Friendly and Renewable Energy as an Economic Development strategy.

Areas of expertise that I can offer:

I have been involved with the Promotion and Tenure process for years, serving on committees and mentoring candidates. I can offer advice to those who are considering switching to the Faculty track and those faculty who are seeking promotion and/or tenure.

I can also offer program assistance to Extension colleagues related to effective community engagement, sustainable community development, visioning, planning, and economic development strategies.

You can reach Myra at or 740-607-5177 (cell).
Our next feature will spotlight Tory Gabriel,
Extension program leader &
fisheries educator (Ohio Sea Grant College Program)



The Risk Institute's Webinar on Business Resilience and COVID-19 - June 23:

Business Resilience in Light of COVID-19 The conversation around Business Resilience has always been of paramount importance.

As companies work through the global COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with the expansion of digital commerce and the increasing complexity of supply chains, the conversation has taken new meaning and increased importance.

This webinar will feature Ohio State’s experience in helping companies develop new tools, processes, and alternative approaches to enterprise resilience, with a focus on addressing supply chain vulnerabilities. Now more than ever, it is critical to build internal and external collaboration to reinforce the enterprise resilience ecosystem.

This webinar will be hosted on June 23 from 1 to 2:15 p.m. For complete information and to register, click here.

Event Reporting in Human Subjects Research Workshop - June 23:

It is inevitable: research does not always go as planned. The Office of Responsible Research Practices and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science are offering a session on when to notify the IRB about unexpected events or other problems. The session will provide an overview of the newly revised event reporting policy, differentiate among investigator, sponsor, and IRB reporting requirements, provide definitions, and discuss case examples. Anyone preparing IRB submissions is welcome. The workshop is June 23 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. via CarmenZoom. Register.

Pass it On Business Transition Planning - June 24:

Pass it on - business transition planning Over 70,000 businesses in Ohio are owned by people over 55. As these owners prepare for retirement, how will they plan for transitioning their business?

Join a one-hour session to understand the process of business ownership transition and to learn about resources for small business succession planning. This session will have a special focus on transitioning businesses to employee ownership using a worker cooperative model. The webinar will be held on June 24 from 10 to 11 a.m. For complete information and to register, click here.

Immigration, COVID-19, and the US Economy - June 25:

Columbus Council on World Affairs In a world ravaged by a global pandemic, stay at home orders, quarantine, and social distancing practices are the new normal.

Human movement around the globe has come to an almost screeching halt. However, while national governments threaten the complete suspension of migration, preventing people from moving across borders is not as obvious of a solution as it may seem, nor as beneficial. 

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the world with cases continuing to rise, supply chains around the globe are beginning to take a hit. Most notably the food supply chain is beginning to strain. The meatpacking industry, unable to accommodate proper social distancing protocol, is experiencing a severe hit to their workforce. Farmers and agricultural businesses are taking to the fields after the winter season and need an abundance of able-bodied workers. But who typically fills these roles? According to the Department of Agriculture about half the country’s field hands, more than a million workers, are undocumented immigrants.

This free Zoom Webinar event on June 25 from noon to 1 p.m. will focus on the topics discussed above. For complete information and to register, click here.

Lunch-N-Learn Seminar: Economic Impacts of COVID19 on Food and Agricultural Markets - June 29:

Council for Agricultural Science and Technology On June 29 at noon, The Council for Agricultural Science & Technology (CAST) and The Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) will present a free webinar hosted by NC-FAR featuring research from CAST's new commentary:  Economic Impacts of COVID-19 on Food and Agricultural Markets.

This commentary is a joint effort of CAST and AAEA. The paper will include comments and perspectives from leading agricultural economists on the impacts of COVID-19 on food and agricultural markets. It also examines the many economic factors and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on the agriculture sector. In efforts to slow down the spread of COVID-19, many states and countries shut down several economic areas such as tourism and entertainment venues, restaurants, personal services, and some manufacturing facilities. This has led many areas into a recession.

The authors of this paper examine the effects this recession has on these topics: macroeconomics; trade; supply chain; consumer behavior; food service/grocery; meat processing; forestry and wood products; local food systems; food waste; food insecurity; major commodity crops; agricultural finance; agricultural labor; rural health care; and research and outreach priorities. Dr. Jayson Lusk, Purdue University; Dr. Alison Davis, University of Kentucky; Dr. Timothy Richards, Arizona State University; and Dr. John D. Anderson, University of Arkansas will share highlights and key information about the paper, followed by a Q&A session with participants. Register.

Regional Housing Strategy Virtual Meetings - June 30-July 8:

MORPC The past decade has been one of historic growth for Central Ohio. That growth is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), City of Columbus, and regional partners are leading a collaborative effort to finalize a Regional Housing Strategy (RHS) to guide housing decisions in our growing region through several virtual meetings.

The regional workshops are an opportunity for real estate, employer, local government, philanthropic, and other leaders who develop and/or implement policies or serve communities to provide feedback.

Community feedback and perspectives are a critical component of the Regional Housing Strategy. The Central Ohio community is composed of a unique mix of people, neighborhoods, and perspectives. As this region strives to build an actionable housing strategy, it is committed to ensuring its efforts are inclusive and representative of the diverse region. Read more.

The workshop dates and registration links can be found below.

Social Equity Impact of COVID-19 on Communities - Panel Discussion July 31:

OSU CURA Social Equity Impact of COVID-19 on Communities - Panel Discussion will be the third in a series of events on “Cities and Regions in the Post-Coronavirus Era,” initiating community conversations on what lesson we can learn from this crisis to create a more resilient and sustainable world.

What will be the social equity implications for communities due to the COVID-19 pandemic? The webinar will take place on July 31 at noon. Register.

The panelists include the following:

  • Deanna West-Torrence - Founder and Executive Director of North End Community Improvement Collaborative of Mansfield, OH
  • Michael Wilkos - Senior Vice President of Community Impact of The United Way of Central Ohio
  • Jason Reece - Assistant Professor, Graduate Chair, City and Regional Planning Section at The Ohio State University
  • Autumn Glover - Government Affairs and Community Relations Consultant, Government Affairs and Wexner Medical Center – East Hospital Administration

The Role of the Land-grant University in addressing Racial Tension - Webinar Recording now Available: 

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion hosted a conversation about racism, protest, and prospects for social change. The recording is now available here.

President’s Club Virtual Speaker Series - Recording Available:

President's Club Series The first ever President’s Club Virtual Speaker Series was held on June 9.

This discussion led by Dr. Stephen Gavazzi included the significant responsibilities that accompany Ohio State’s prominent status as a land-grant university. The recording is now available here.

Subscribe to the Extension Promotion Blog:

There is a new communication channel focused on all things related to faculty and A&P promotion (and really what it means to be an Extension professional). It is a Drupal-based blog with short posts that will link to more in-depth video, podcasts, infographics, documents, and reports, etc., with the ability to host discussion threads. Subscribe now to receive email notification of new posts. Read more.



Send Faxes from Your Computer:

OCIO is starting an upgrade to our fax service from telephone lines to a digital system and decommissioning legacy telephone systems. The digital system will process faxes through a server, which will allow every Ohio State employee with an email account to send faxes from Outlook. The goal is to complete this transition before autumn semester begins. Read more.

Articles/Publications of Interest:


Gap between rich, poor neighborhoods growing in some cities (Ohio State News)

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