CD Weekly Wire - October 28, 2013

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Extension CD and the West Side Market

Throughout much of 2013, the north central CD program leaders have focused conversations on how we might better meet programming needs in the region. Collaborating across state lines, cost recovery practices and each state’s areas of specialization were key discussion items. We generated a draft protocol to guide how we might work better together, and I personally believe there is much to be gained by giving this a try.

You may recall I mentioned this effort during our CD Retreat in Cleveland a couple of weeks ago using the terms ‘program market’ and/or ‘take out menu.' Here’s a bit more info: Like Cleveland’s Westside Market and its various vendors offering fresh meats, fruits and vegetables; our ‘market’ is now open and requires that we display our wares to potential buyers. You can display your wares (programs) by signing up for a NCRCRD-sponsored ‘take out menu’ webinar. Think of the webinar as your booth at the Westside Market with one difference being that your booth offers only one program (each of your programs is featured in its own 20 minute webinar). In the webinar you are describing the program, what it entails, how long it might take from start to finish, what it aims to accomplish, how much local involvement is necessary, cost, etc. The webinar is your chance to pitch your program to ‘buyers’ – our colleagues in other states who need what we might have to offer. Similarly, we may know of program needs in Ohio that we are unable to address so we would ‘go to market’ in hopes of finding the program from colleagues in neighboring states. It is as simple as that.

Ideally, using this approach will help us to expand our programmatic reach to address unmet needs in other states and identify colleagues from other states to address unmet program needs in Ohio. I know we have programs in Ohio that other states do not. Many of them have programmatic expertise in areas that we do not. Our teams are ideally suited to try out this approach. You may have individual programs too that you are willing to take on the road. In either case, please be thinking of the various 20 minute program pitches you might want to make and prepare to schedule a time with Scott Loveridge ( to go to market. Also, please remember to check out market offerings when you see the take out menu webinars posted (live and/or recorded). This is a new approach for sure, but one we want to give a real try. If you have questions, please let me know. We will plan to discuss this more when we meet on December 3, too.

Excellence in CD and Friend of CD Award Nominations due November 1

Please submit your nominations to Greg Davis by Friday, November 1, for the Excellence in Community Development and Friend of Extension CD awards. Submission guidelines are posted on the CD Professionals page.



OSU Extension Annual Conference - Registration scheduled to open October 28:

The target date for Annual Conference registration is October 28 and will take place via RegOnline. Early bird deadline is November 9. Visit the conference Web site  for more information. The CD unit will be meeting in Ag Admin 105 the morning of December 3 (day before Annual Conference), and association meetings will take place at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center that afternoon. More information on the CD meeting will be coming soon.

The Art and Science of Facilitation - Workshop October 30:

There is an art and science to facilitation. A good facilitator can make the difference between the success and failure of a group. A successful facilitator utilizes a variety of tools, processes and skills to lead a group to make decisions, solve problems and be most effective. This hands-on workshop focuses on learning and practicing the stages and characteristics of group facilitation. Participants will learn tips and techniques for dealing effectively with groups including dealing with conflict in a productive manner.

Participants will:

  • Understand facilitation and the facilitator roles
  • Assess and manage group dynamics
  • Incorporate group problem-solving processes
  • Understand role of diversity, power and ethics
  • Recognize importance of humor and working miracles as a facilitator

Rose Fisher Merkowitz and Treva Williams are facilitating this workshop on October 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Ag Admin Room 109. The registration fee is $125 per participant. To register and make payment, please go to

Social Media Workshop in Piketon - November 14:

CFAES Communications is bringing you this opportunity to learn the social media strategy you need to get started and extend your reach. Take advantage of the Social Media workshop to be held Tuesday, November 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at OSU South Centers in Piketon. See the flyer for more information and the agenda. Cost is $15, including lunch. Registration is now open at:

(Helpful hints from Kim Roush . . . Registration will have you create a password for the system.  If you have already registered for previous events using the system, it will prompt you for a password.  If you do not remember your password, just click the reset button and a link will be sent to your email address so you can create a new password…then you can complete your registration. You will also find that while registering you can select a free training option for a beginners online class scheduled for 11-4-2013, prior to the 11-14-2013 workshop, to help you create Twitter and Facebook accounts if you do not already have an account.)

Remember: CD will cover the registration and your mileage to attend. When you register, please indicate the correct chartfield: Org 55120, Fund 530801, User Defined PRODEV. Be sure to also charge this chartfield on your mileage log and remember to email Greg for approval if he is not your primary approver.

EPN Luncheon Presentation - November 20:

The Environmental Professionals Network (EPN) is presenting “Infrastructure in Decline, So Goes the Nation” at the Columbus Metropolitan Club luncheon, Wednesday, November 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 pm. at the Athletic Club of Columbus. Brian Pallasch, American Society of Civil Engineers’ managing director, will lead a discussion of the new ASCE grade card (cumulative grade now is a D+) with ideas for infrastructure financing (estimated need by 2020 is $3.6 trillion) and sustainability. Use the EPN link to register with a discount. Click here to read the flyer.

Extension Promotion Workshops - December 18 & January 14:

Mark your calendars . . . Extension promotion workshops will be held Wednesday, December 18, and Tuesday, January 14 on the OSU Columbus campus. More details will follow.

Branding Workshops to be held Twice each Month:

Suzanne Steel ( and Kim Brown ( will be offering online branding workshops to help us in the college transition to the new university brand. CarmenConnect meetings will be held on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 10:00 a.m. They will share examples and address specific questions about materials you are creating. You can submit your pieces in advance and receive on-the-spot guidance on any necessary adjustments. Sessions will end by noon. The meeting room address will be available soon.



Center for Applied Plant Sciences forming Scientific Teams:

The Center for Applied Plant Sciences (CAPS) is inviting OSU faculty with ambitious ideas, in one of the center’s four strategic areas, to consider the formation of a CAPS Scientific Team. CAPS strategic areas include:

  • Photosynthesis & Carbon Fixation
  • Biomass & Bioproducts
  • Crop Improvement & Functional Foods
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions

One of CAPS' primary principles is the support of all OSU interdisciplinary teams that synergize to tackle challenges of practical significance. The board will begin reviewing applications in February. Read more about the open call process at:



Article published in Journal of Extension:

Congratulations to Tom Blaine and Myra Moss as well as Janet Wasko Myers and Julia Cumming, whose article "Comprehensive Land Use Planning in Exurban Communities: A Case Study from Ohio" is published in the October issue of the Journal of Extension!

Profiles of the Nonprofit Sector by State available Online:

The Independent Sector has posted profiles that highlight the economic importance, diversity and community impact of the nonprofit sector in each of the 50 states. See more at: The Independent Sector exists to advance the common good by leading, strengthening and mobilizing the nonprofit and philanthropic community. See more at:

Connecting American Manufacturing Workshop - November 7:

Please review the invitation and agenda for an upcoming program designed to present new opportunities for manufacturers with the Department of Defense (DOD). "Connecting American Manufacturing" is geared toward small and medium-sized manufacturers seeking business in the DOD manufacturing supply chain. Sponsored by the Regional Growth Partnership and the Dayton Area Defense Contractors Association, the program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, at the Toledo Club. Please share this information with all interested parties, particularly those manufacturers who might benefit from this program. Register for this event here. Cost is $25.


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