Rural and Urban Entrepreneurship – Are there differences?
December 17, 2012
This article explores challenges faced by entrepreneurs in rural communities.
Community Power
December 7, 2012
Where does Power lie in your community? Are there different power centers depending on the issue?
Why Plan? Who Should Plan?
December 3, 2012
In this month's blog entry John Turack ponders the importance of plans, planning processes, and who is best suited or equipped to plan.
Time to Run for Office
November 9, 2012
Now that the elections are over, are you ready for the next round?
Civic engagement - Super storms and super elections
November 7, 2012
Individuals in communities across the nation came together this week to help victims of a major storm and then to vote in the presidential election.
Community Champions - Where Would Our Communities Be Without Them?
October 25, 2012
There are a lot of research documents, case studies, and resources out there for communities to draw from, if they intend to become more vibrant. But not if there is no leader with the commitment and determination -- and the stamina -- to do it. What does this mean for your community?
Oh no, not another meeting!
October 15, 2012
When I give workshops on effective meetings, I like to ask people about their worst meeting experience.
4-H is an Important Community Development Component
October 9, 2012
Pennsylvania is celebrating 100 years of positive youth development through 4-H clubs this year. While you may think of 4-H as kids raising cows and garden vegetables and making robots, there is a very strong community development component too.
Entrepreneurs and Their Communities: Part 4 "Who is an entrepreneur?"
October 2, 2012
Suppose you and some of your friends and colleagues have decided supporting and growing entrepreneurs would be an important part of a strategy to improve the local economy. It would be important to agree about “Who is an entrepreneur?” and develop a strategy that targets those entrepreneurs.
Citizens and their Communities
September 26, 2012
Are you a citizen of your community?
Connecting to the Internet: Dirt Road or Highway?
September 13, 2012
A few months ago, a group of community leaders started talking about the challenge of creating affordable internet access for everyone.
How to Increase the Numbers Engaged in Civic and Political Issues in Our Communities
September 10, 2012
Research shows that youths whose parents volunteer and who participate in family discussions about politics engage in more civic and political activities as adults than those whose families do not volunteer or discuss politics.
Entrepreneurs and Their Communities: Part 3 “What is Entrepreneurship and Why Do People Become Entrepreneurs?”
September 6, 2012
How would you answer the question “What is entrepreneurship? Your answer may include words such as business owner, job creator or perhaps innovator. Entrepreneurs are individuals that engage in entrepreneurship and can be categorized into two groups: Necessity entrepreneurs or Opportunity entrepreneurs.
Land Use Decisions and Youth -- Reflections from Ag Progress Days 2012
August 22, 2012
Penn State Extension Economic and Community Development Educator and Blogger John Turack summarizes his thoughts on working at the 4-H Youth Building. The Extension Economic and Community Development Team presented "My Community: What's the Plan?" at this year's event.
What Does Good Planning Look Like?
August 17, 2012
One of my professors up at State College is fond of asking the question ‘What does good planning look like?’
Personal Citizenship - The Power of One
August 13, 2012
Personal citizenship takes many forms. It is the Power of One, what any one individual can do for his/her community.
Entrepreneurs and Their Communities: Part 2 “What Makes a Community or Region Entrepreneurial?”
July 31, 2012
It’s all about jobs. According to the Kauffman Foundation most jobs are created by new businesses. Our communities need jobs and need the businesses that create them.
Exploring the idea of Community
July 30, 2012
Last week John Turack explored the meaning of community development. This week I'll visit an even more fundamental idea, that of community.
Community Development -- Thinking about definitions
July 25, 2012
Westmoreland County based Penn State Extension Economic and Community Development Educator John Turack sparks a discussion about the definition of community development. Mr. Turack also serves as the Interim Director of the Smart Growth Partnership of Westmoreland County.
All in a Day's Work for Rural Townships
July 16, 2012
"Township secretary: is that a part-time job?"
Official Maps Plot Future Trails
July 9, 2012
Official maps can identify both existing and proposed uses such as streets, watercourses, parks, open space, pedestrian ways including trails, flood plains and control basins, and other public lands and facilities that would be of value to the community.
Entrepreneurs and Their Communities: Part 1
July 6, 2012
There is growing recognition that entrepreneurs play an important role in our regional economies. Research has shown that the relationship between long-term regional employment growth and entrepreneurship is strong. in addition to creating new jobs for themselves, entrepreneurs generate new wealth and new economic growth. Entrepreneurs are also innovative users of regional assets and resources and appear to be very important for bringing new ideas and innovations to the market place.