CD Weekly Wire - July 23, 2012

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Sea Grant/Extension CD Changes

The long-time Sea Grant/OSUE affiliation to conduct Extension outreach and engagement programming has recently been modified. A key component of the change involves moving reporting lines from CD to Ohio Sea Grant to allow for greater Sea Grant-Extension autonomy. Similar in the way that academic departments receive Extension funding, the arrangement aims to reduce the multiple reporting requirements and foster increased efficiencies. And, similar in the way that department-based professionals relate to field-based Extension folks, everyone is encouraged to partner on projects, feel welcome at team meetings, and post key information when appropriate, etc. In short, while the ‘org chart’ may have changed, we are all still focused on enhancing our communities, organizations, and economy; and maintaining existing relationships and/or efforts to foster new working partnerships are still very much encouraged.

Congratulations are in order for Melinda Huntley who will be leaving OSU to become Executive Director of the Ohio Travel Association. Melinda came to us in 2006 after spending nearly 20 years in the Lake Erie tourism industry. She was instrumental in the development of the Ohio Tourism Leadership Academy and has served on the OTA Board for more than 7 years. She was OTA Board President in 2007 and received the Paul Sherlock Award (the highest honor bestowed to an individual in the Ohio Tourism Industry) in 2011. Melinda has served as interim Executive Director of OTA in an OSU/OTA partnership since April 1 and will become the full time permanent Executive Director on August 1. She is anxious to explore ways we might partner with the OTA into the future, so be thinking of what you may have to offer. Congrats again and best wishes, Melinda!



Stone Lab Summer Guest Lecture Series Continues July 26:

Stone Laboratory will continue its summer lecture series Thursday, July 26. This week's lecture, "Great Lakes - Great Opportunities," presented by David Ulrich, Executive Director, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, will begin at 7:45 p.m. To view the lecture via a live web seminar, contact To read more about upcoming lectures, research presentations, and start times, and to view previous lectures/research presentations, visit

Promotion in Extension WebEx for CD Professionals - July 27:

Reminder . . . Greg Davis will lead a WebEx meeting on the topic of Promotion on Friday, July 27, from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Please send any questions you have in advance to Greg ( The meeting link has been emailed to those who are eligible for promotion in Extension. If you have any questions or did not receive the link, please let us know.

Opportunity Finance Network Offers Financing Healthy Food Options Webinars:

Opportunity Finance Network is offering Financing Healthy Food Options webinars through September. As part of the CDFI (Community Development Financial Institutions) Fund’s Capacity Building Initiative, staff from CDFIs are invited to attend these free technical assistance webinars.

Register for the following webinar at

          Tuesday, July 31, 2012 @ 2:00 p.m.

A First Look: Predicting Market Demand for Food Retail Using a Huff Analysis:
Be the first to learn how to use the Huff Model to analyze the viability of grocery stores in specific locations. Also, learn more about how The Reinvestment Fund merges its Limited Supermarket Analysis (LSA) data with the Huff analysis to give you more certainty when launching a Healthy Foods initiative. Presenters will be Catherine Califano and Scott Haag from The Reinvestment Fund.

Information about August and September webinars will be available soon at the above link. Topics include:

  • How to Develop Loan Policies and Procedures for Healthy Food Financing
  • Underwriting Supermarkets: A Deeper Look at the Details of Financing Grocers
  • Healthy Corner Stores

Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute Workshops begin September 6:

The Ohio Environmental Leaders Institute includes four workshops that enable environmental professionals to address complex environmental issues and incorporate a broader range of solution strategies into their skill set through forums and hand-on-learning. The full program includes curriculum materials, three overnight sessions, and a one-week online session for a cost of $1,400. Registration deadline is August 31; register by August 10 to receive all sessions for $1,250. Participants also have the option to register for individual sessions at a cost of $350 per session. Workshop sessions include:

  • Managing Complex Systems (September 6-7 at Stone Lab)
  • Assessing the Sustainability of Shale Gas Exploration in Ohio (October 18-19 at Mohican State Park Lodge)
  • Exploring Renewable Energy in Ohio (December 3-7; Online course)
  • Planning the Urban Environment (January 23-24 at the Blackwell Inn)

For complete information and to register, visit



CFAES Staff Advisory Council 2012 Staff Recognition Award Nominations due August 31:

It is time to nominate your outstanding co-workers for the 2012 Staff Recognition Above and Beyond Awards (Key Values Award / Innovation Award / Special Recognition) and the Shirley Brooks-Jones Award. Click to view the nomination form and criteria and to view the poster. Nomination forms are due August 31. Direct your questions to any CFAES SAC member (directory: or directly to Kathy Mann (



New Issue of Communiqué Available Online:

A new issue of the Communiqué is now available at Topics in this issue include:

  • Get Better – Behavior #7 of High Trust Leaders
  • Annual Conference – Save the Date (Wednesday, December 5)
  • Ask an Expert Response Team – Prompt Action Required
  • eRequest Approval Reminder

New CD Fact Sheet Posted on Ohioline:

Renewable Energy Policy Series: Rules for Siting a Utility Scale Wind Farm in Ohio (CDFS-4004-12), authored by Eric Romich, is now available on Ohioline. Click here to view. Congratulations, Eric!

iPad Guidelines Updated:

The University has released a new, revised policy relating to the purchase of applications for iPads and similar devices with the Android operating system, including iPhones and any other smartphones. OSU Extension's policy is more restrictive than the University's relating to the purchase of applications on University owned tablets. The OSUE Business Office indicates that the above-mentioned devices require you to keep a standard credit card on file. The default credit card should be a personal credit card, and it cannot be charged without a password. Application purchases that are business related can be reimbursed through an eRequest (Employee Reimbursement), including an uploaded copy of the invoice. If you have questions regarding the purchase of applications for these devices and/or getting reimbursed through eRequest, contact Sandy (


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