Programs and policies are available to assist communities with farmland preservation.
Placemaking is a community development and planning term that is becoming popular these days. But the concept begs the question -- how do you define the boundaries of your place? Is it your individual property, your house or favorite room? Is it your street or neighborhood? Maybe it’s your favorite downtown. Or do you define your place boundaries by those of your municipality or zip code, or perhaps by your county or multi-county region? Perhaps place is defined by your state, country, or continent.
Grant-writing workshops are very popular because everyone wants a grant. But it always surprises me how many people come to learn about grant-writing without a specific idea in mind: they just want money for their organization.
Money is on everyone's mind. Earlier this week Extension offered Getting the Most from your Grant-writing Efforts in Stroudsburg. More than 30 people filled the room.
We live in a world today of constant communication. We always want to be connected to our friends, family and colleagues. Our little hand-held wonders – tablets, smart phones, cell phones gives us the ability to communicate with anybody and anywhere.
A recent report produced by the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development finds that an entrepreneurial climate is more important than access to financing and banks in encouraging self-employment growth.
Meetings are worth participants' time when they appear to be well-planned. Leadership has identified where decisions must be made and where discussion only is in order. An agenda is planned accordingly. The chair keeps participants from wandering off agenda and is conscious of time.
A recent report prepared by Penn State's Center for Economic and Community Development and authored by Drs. Ted Alter and Ted Fuller highlights the decline of middle-income jobs in Pennsylvania between 2001 and 2011.
Which comes first: the mission or the money? Do your organization’s goals change with every new funding opportunity?
Or was it the invention of the internal combustion engine that sent this development pattern into hibernation? In a few days, Penn State Extension's Land Use Decision-Making Education Team will kick off the first session of the Winter/Spring 2014 educational webinar series -- Transit-Oriented & Walkable Communities. The concept presented in this session is not a new idea.
The Human Services Needs Assessment Project in Mifflin and Juniata counties illustrates a constructive approach to addressing complex community issues.
Since the 1950’s, development patterns became increasingly auto-centered. New neighborhoods were located along highway routes, and transit systems catered to drivers, creating “park and ride” routes catering to suburban commuters, and enclosing commuter and light rail stations with large parking lots.
Placemaking is a vital part of community development. Depending on how placemaking is used, it creates community vitality.
Passion is the key ingredient for a great board of directors.
Various planning tools can be used by communities and organizations to plan for their future. Three such tools are community visioning, municipal comprehensive plans, and organizational strategic plans.
At this special time of year, when many give presents, let's take the tradition to a new level. What gifts do your communities' members offer, and just as importantly, what gifts do you offer your community?
Does your organization make New Year resolutions? You may conduct year-end reviews of finances and personnel, discuss board and committee appointments and agree on programming for the coming year. But the organizational report card isn’t complete if you haven’t evaluated your progress in meeting your mission.
Commercial strip corridors are a common sight in American towns and cities. They typically connect downtowns with outer neighborhoods, but are also prevalent in suburban locations—often as the only connection between neighborhoods and destinations such as office parks and shopping malls.
If someone asked you to name the community you live in, how would you respond? While it may seem simple to define your community, there are more issues to be considered than most likely first come to mind.
Jobs seem to be on the mind of many people today. For those who have a job, there is a real concern about keeping the job. For those who are looking for employment, it is a tough time to try and secure a decent paying job.