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  1. Green Heron Tools

    The USDA and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants - Seeding Innovation

    Jul 26, 2018

    In 1982 the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Development program was established by Congress to provide seed capital for research and development through 11 Government Agencies. For profit companies with less than 500 employees that are majority owned by US Citizens or permanent resident aliens are invited to submit proposals for a chance at funding for their innovative idea.

  2. The Truth about the National Debt – Part III and Final Part of a Series

    Jul 19, 2018

    This is the third and final blog in a series I have done on the topics of the federal debt/deficit and why money in modern economies has value. I covered a lot of ground in the previous two blog entries.

  3. It’s Hot Out There! Tips for Safe Swimming in Ohio’s Water Bodies

    Jul 12, 2018

    With all the recent news around swimming advisories and beach closings – it is easy to become concerned about our local water bodies where we go to swim, fish, or enjoy the view. Ohio Sea Grant, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and many other state and local agencies work to provide up-to-date information on our local water resources. Here’s some more information about your water quality and where to look to find information about keeping you and your family safe while also being able to take advantage of the wonderful recreational water resources Ohio has to offer.

  4. Collaborating for Impact

    Jul 9, 2018

    How do we expand employment opportunities and community leadership capacity as well as strengthen and leverage an area’s agricultural and natural resource-based economy within a three-county region? We marshal resources necessary to create three county-based Extension educator positions where the impact of the ‘full on’ Extension network and its collaborative efforts can be immediately felt.

  5. 21st Century Workforce

    "Applied" Program Development: upgrading programs and outreach through more hands-on technology and 21st century skillsets

    Jun 28, 2018

    Since the turn of the century there has been increasing attention on K-12 education systems and improving the quality of curricula and authentic learning experiences for students entering the 21st century workforce.

  6. NACDEP Conference 2018 Closing Session

    NACDEP 2018 Conference - That's a wrap!

    Jun 22, 2018

    What started out as a casual conversation among friends in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the 2014 NACDEP Conference recently culminated with over 180 Community Development professionals gathering in Cleveland for the 2018 NACDEP Conference. The carefully planned and executed agenda allowed time for participants to enjoy Cleveland, renew old friendships, make new connections, and most importantly engage in an excellent agenda for personal and professional development.

  7. The Perks of Scaling Up

    Jun 19, 2018

    Spring greens, onions, strawberries, and more! With the arrival of June, it’s officially farmers’ market season in Northeast Ohio and Ohio State University (OSU) Extension Cuyahoga County is gearing up for another season of offering Produce Perks at local farmers’ markets.

  8. Beat the Heat, Get Out and Boat

    May 31, 2018

    As Ohio moves from winter straight to a hot and sunny summer, I dream of days spent out on the water boating. I prefer the hand powered crafts such as kayaks and stand-up paddle boards to motorboats, but a quick spin on a Personal Watercraft will give me my adrenaline fix for the summer. Boating, whether it be canoeing, sailing, or powerboating is available to all Ohio residents and visitors because of the phenomenal water resources and public access points we have.

  9. The North Star

    Doing and dreaming: A good plan makes a space for both

    May 24, 2018

    “Tones sound, and roar and storm about me until I have set them down in notes.” You might be wondering what this quote from Ludwig van Beethoven has to do with community development. What I hear in the musical master’s words is the process of creating order from chaos; he is crafting incredible harmony from a storm of strong, independent, unconnected notes. To me, that’s an analogy for good planning – strategic planning.

  10. Climate Change – What’s the Big Deal?

    May 21, 2018

    Here in Central Ohio climate change is often not the first thought on my mind. After all, we aren’t experiencing the most intense impacts - drought, hurricanes, flooding coastlines, massive fires - all destroying property and, worst yet, taking lives - are we?

    While we may be spared some of the extremes, our changing climate in Ohio is already having a pronounced effect on farmers, the fishing industry and residents along Lake Erie and other waterways in the state, to name a few interest groups.  

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