CD Wire - September 27, 2021

Mission Statement:

Ohio State University Extension Community Development
helps communities enhance their well-being
and create social, economic, and environmental conditions
in which they can thrive.
OSU Extension Community Development

AD Update:

-David Civittolo, Interim Assistant Director

Save the Dates

Save the Date The State Community Development Team is hard at work planning for a great 2022.

Later this week, you will be receiving save the dates notices for our monthly meetings, in-services, and meetings with LOD and Extension Publishing. By doing this now, I am hopeful that you will have greater flexibility with your schedule.

IMPLAN Team Update

The IMPLAN team is putting the final touches on economic impact reports for all 24 Extension Areas. They will be distributed within the next few weeks to the Area Leaders. I want to thank team leader Nancy Bowen and the rest of the team: Eric Romich, Gwynn Stewart, Amanda Osborne, and Joe Lucente for their diligent work.

Building a Vibrant Entrepreneur Ecosystem

How does your community stack up in its efforts to support entrepreneurs?  Do you have supportive networks, effective outreach, diverse financing options, and clear goals and strategies? Most importantly, do your leaders know what elements are necessary to create a supportive culture and their crucial role in making this happen?

The Building an Entrepreneur Friendly Community Team has been, for the past year, developing a curriculum to help local leaders understand and implement a culture conducive to entrepreneurship. The Team members are Nancy Bowen, Becky Nesbitt, Godwin Apaliyah, Gwynn Stewart, and Myra Moss. The program contains six Modules that are designed to facilitate an understanding of the following topics:

  • What are the characteristics of entrepreneurs/small businesses and what do they need to succeed
  • An “Entrepreneurship Wellness Profile” with data specifically developed for each county
  • Elements of a successful entrepreneurship program
  • Developing an effective outreach effort to entrepreneurs
  • Diverse sources of financing for entrepreneurs

Additionally, a panel of existing entrepreneurs will be hosted to allow local leaders to hear directly from them about what works well in the community and what needs to be improved. Discussions to develop a strategic direction are woven throughout each of the program Modules, with the final Module devoted to creating a vibrant entrepreneur ecosystem strategic plan for the community.

The Team plans to pilot the program this Fall. If anyone is interested in finding out more, or perhaps having their community be considered for a pilot, please let one of the Team members know.

Nominations due October 15 for the Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award

The Raymond A. Schindler Excellence in Community Development Extension Award nominations are due October 15. The nomination form is posted here.

Raymond A. Schindler Ray Schindler was one of the first Extension CD professionals in Ohio. Hired in 1962 as an Area Extension Agent, Ray began his career based in Hillsboro serving seven southern Ohio counties. He was then assigned the position of District Extension Specialist serving 17 Northwest Ohio counties headquartered in Fremont. He finished his career serving 16 Southeast Ohio counties based in Belle Valley, retiring in 1988. Interestingly, much of Ray’s early leadership and organization work continues today: comprehensive planning, community facilities development, tourism and recreation, BRE, environmental quality - on a community, county and/or multi-county basis. We thank Ray for his contributions to our profession, then and now.

The award recognizes a CD Extension professional for significant programmatic strengths, major contributions, and innovative approaches achieved over the course of their Extension career with a $1500 award (pre-tax). The awardee’s accomplishments must have value beyond their assigned work location; they must document long term strengths in teaching and research; exhibit a long-standing record of teamwork and collaboration in program planning, implementation, and evaluation as well as a successful track record in grant awards, cost recovery or other external funding. The awardees must also exhibit evidence of professional development and service to the profession.

Please consider nominating a Community Development professional today.

Have a great day and remember: “Time is at once the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions." -John Randolph



OSU Extension Energy Outreach Program on SB52 - September 28:

Solar energy Join the September 28 program at 10 a.m. via Zoom hosted by the Ohio State University Extension Energy Program on Ohio SB52 that revises law governing wind farms and solar facilities in Ohio.

The presentation will be from Peggy Kirk Hall, Associate Professor, Agricultural & Resource Law Director, OSU Agricultural & Resource Law Program in the College of Food, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Department of Extension.

Click here for the program flyer that includes the link to join.

Upcoming CFAES Sessions for Research Community:

CFAES Research Professional Development Opportunities The CFAES Office for Research & Graduate Education offers sessions throughout the year and compiles other opportunities offered through various internal and external sources that may be of interest to the research community. View a full list of events here.

Some fall sessions that may be of interest include:

  • Budgeting on Sponsored Programs Proposals - September 28 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    This 1.5-hour workshop geared toward staff covers the process of budgeting for sponsored programs, particular items of costs common to research projects, federal regulation, F&A rates and bases, and fringe benefits rates. Learn how allowability and other factors affect budget building for research proposals.

  • Appointing People on Sponsored Programs - October 14 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
    Types of faculty appointments; time and effort reporting, key personnel, GRAs, post docs, others (making appointments and monitoring those appointments), off-duty compensation, release time appointments, supplemental compensation.

  • Cost-sharing on Sponsored Programs - October 28 from 1:30 - 3 p.m.
    Review of how to budget cost-sharing in proposals, gain approval from the department and college, and book cost-sharing after an award is made.

  • Purchasing on Sponsored Programs - November 16 from 1:30 - 3 p.m.
    Differences and similarities of purchasing on sponsored programs vs. general funds, basic rules and regulations, human subjects/petty cash, field work.

ACEL to Extension Workshop Series:

ACEL to Extension The Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership (ACEL) is offering a workshop series geared specifically to OSU Extension personnel.

See below for information on the upcoming series, which will begin on September 30 and run through May 5, 2022. All sessions will be at 9 a.m. and last approximately 60 minutes. This information is also available at

Please note, each session requires separate registration:

  1. September 30, 2021 - Trends and Issues that May Impact Extension! - Jerry Thomas
  2. October 7, 2021 - Emotional Intelligence - Jeff King
  3. November 18, 2021 - "Trusted Leader: 8 Pillars That Drive Results" Discussion - Brian Raison
  4. January 20, 2022 - Dealing with Difficult People - Jeff King
  5. February 10, 2022 - How the Brain Learns - Shannon Washburn
  6. March 24, 2022 - Learner Engagement - Caryn Filson
  7. April 14, 2022 - Data Visualization - Annie Specht
  8. May 5, 2022 - Tips and Tricks for Managing Your Time - Scott Scheer

If you have questions or need additional information, contact either co-project manager, Jared Morrison ( or Beth Flynn (

ArcGIS Online Challenge Workshop Starts October 4:

Have you come across an interactive map on the web and wondered how it was made? Have you heard about GIS (geographic information systems) and wished you could learn more about how it might be useful for your research or teaching?

If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, the Spring ArcGIS Online Challenge is for you! This self-paced, 100% online challenge is designed to be completed over the course of five weeks, with two to three hours of work per week. This workshop will be October 4 to November 5 via weekly email prompts. Read more.

Next EPN Breakfast - October 12:

EPN Breakfast 10-12-2021

Growing the Future of Agriculture: Conversations with Black Farmers and Educators

In person and live streamed

The next Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) Breakfast will be held October 12 from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. in-person at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center and live streamed from the EPN YouTube channel.

Diverse food sources support healthy bodies, and diverse food sourcing supports healthy communities. Growing a sustainable food system in Ohio requires changes in our agricultural practices and developing the workforce who grow our food and steward our soil and water resources. America’s farm population is aging, barriers to entry are challenging, and agricultural careers require extensive knowledge of the farm ecosystem, as well as skill in crop and livestock production. Black farmers have innovated farming methods that remain at the core of sustainable agriculture today despite systemic and cultural limits to land access in the United States, including the ownership and operation of our nation’s most productive agricultural land.

Join this EPN Breakfast program to learn from Black farmers, and about opportunities and challenges that exist for growing and enhancing connections to the land through agriculture and other regenerative land and community practices, including for youth of color. In addition, leaders from Ohio’s two land grant institutions, Central State and Ohio State, will share about their efforts through Extension, engineering, and agricultural sciences to improve opportunities for Black farmers in Ohio.  

Click here for complete information, including program overview, agenda, speakers, registration, and live stream link.

Upcoming NCRCRD Webinar - October 28:

NCRCRD Webinar 10-28-2021

Insights for Rural Healthcare Resilience: A Quantitative Survey Analysis

October 28 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Retaining the existing rural health care provider workforce may be an important strategy for maintaining rural health care provision. This webinar will overview research being conducted at University of Missouri and USDA ERS that examines the role of provider, workplace, and community characteristics as they impact a provider’s likelihood to consider leaving a rural community. Preliminary results suggest social ties and engaging in entrepreneurship help. Results offer insights to communities and decision-makers seeking to identify ways to maintain their existing rural health care workforce.


  • Dr. Sarah A. Low, Associate Professor of Regional Economics and Heinkel Chair in Agriculture, University of Missouri

Registration is free and open. You must register in advance here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Zoom meeting.

Click here to view all upcoming NCRCRD webinars as well as those previously recorded.

Earth is Our Home Climate Change Series Update:

Earth is Our Home Climate Change Video Series Tom Blaine, Associate Professor, OSU Extension, CD, has been hosting a series on climate change titled Earth is Our Home, which is a production of OSU South Centers and co-hosted by Patrick Dengel. 

The purpose of this series is to give the viewer basic competence in discussing the factors that cause global temperatures to change, and how climate changes as a consequence. Please share this information with your clientele and peers via your networks and social media.

The most recent video is:

The entire series is based here. Episodes are about 30 minutes in length.



Call for Mentors - October Training Dates for MINE Program:

Now that the new mentor program is officially up and running, new mentors are asked to join the pool of those that are trained. Please register at this link by Monday, October 4, at 5 p.m. if you plan to attend the October trainings. Click here for an overview of the program.

You must attend a Part 1 and Part 2 and be present for the duration to complete the training.

  • Part 1: October 6, 1 - 4 p.m. or October 13, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Part 2: October 8, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. or October 14, 1 - 4 p.m.

If you are unable to attend these fall dates but would like to participate in the next training which will be held on March 3 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and March 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., please indicate your interest in the survey. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Amanda or Jared

Articles/Publications of Interest:

Ohio Sea Grant eNewsletter (September 2021)

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