Plan of Work
From Blueprint to Action
FY 2009

Other Support Activities

There are a variety of activities that the SRDC will continue to undertake that help to keep its stakeholders – especially our region’s 29 land-grant schools – aware of key rural development activities, opportunities, and issues. Collectively, these efforts help to strengthen the capacity of our region’s land-grant schools to focus on high priority rural development research and Extension outreach efforts.

Continue/Strengthen Communication and Support Activities with SRDC States

There are a number of on-going activities that the SRDC will carry out in FY09, including:

  1. Maintain active communication with land-grant faculty and other clientele in the South. This will be done by the following channels:
  2. Provide up-to-date information via the SRDC website.
  3. Publish Around the South newsletter on a monthly basis, a newsletter that provides information on a host of rural development issues relevant to the South and nation.
  4. Publish Grant Connections six times a year, an electronic newsletter that offers information on grant funding available to support research and applied activities in the community/rural development area.
  5. Coordinate bi-monthly calls of Extension community development program leaders in the Southern region.
  6. Coordinate the annual meeting of the community development program leaders carried out as part of the Southern Region Program Leadership Network (PLN) conference, as well as work with the Association of Southern Region Extension Directors (ASRED) in managing all the logistics associated with the PLN meeting.
  7. Meet with the regional leadership of the 1862 and 1890 research and Extension leaders in the South to help inform and guide their rural development efforts in their states.
  8. Host quarterly calls of the SRDC Board of Directors and the Technical and Operational Advisory Committee, and organize an annual face-to-face meeting of these two groups in the region to ensure that the Center continues to meet the research and Extension outreach needs of its primary audiences.
  9. Participate, as needed, in statewide community/rural development efforts of land-grant institutions in the region.
  10. Maintain strong working ties and interactions with the SRDC’s sister Regional Rural Development Center staff, with CSREES and with other federal partners who can further advance the work of the SRDC in the Southern region.
  11. Continue to provide technical assistance to the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (NACDEP) and the national team of community development program leaders.
  12. Build and strengthen working ties with important non-land-grant university partners, including federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, regional agencies, and foundations.
  13. Document on-going impacts of its regional activities by continuing an accountability system for the SRDC and generating key success stories that have their roots in the work of the SRDC in the region.
  14. Continue to participate in national social science professional associations to maintain knowledge of the latest developments in applied research and Extension/outreach techniques in rural development.

Help Coordinate the Foundations of Practice in Community Development Training

The SRDC and its three sister Regional Rural Development Centers will be working to design a new “Foundations of Practice in Community Development” effort in FY09. This distance education program will provide Extension educators with the knowledge, skills and tools they need to work more successfully in communities. The initial training program – designated as Level I CD Training -- will consists of a series of seven, one and one-half hour sessions featuring topics such as demographics, understanding the local leadership structure, the community’s economy, and approaches to community development. A nationally recognized team of faculty drawn from universities across the U.S. will be serving as instructors. In FY09, the SRDC will take a lead role in the development of a new website that will serve as central point for Extension educators to learn more about the Foundations of Practice in Community Development and the web-based training schedule. The formal web-based training will be launched in FY10.