Last week John Turack explored the meaning of community development. This week I'll visit an even more fundamental idea, that of community.
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.
"Township secretary: is that a part-time job?"
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.
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.
Sustainability planning provides a useful framework for oganizations seeking to thrive in difficult times
Sustainability planning offers non-profit and other community organizations a useful framework for thriving in difficult time
Local economic development can start with you. Here's what you can do to help your local farmer.
The American Recover and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is an economic stimulus package in hopes of creating jobs and promoting investment and consumer spending during the recession. A recent report entitled, Economic Recovery Part Two: We Need More Action on Jobs and Wages, reveals updates on the effect of the Act and other actions of Pennsylvania’s economy and its metropolitan areas.
There has been an evident increase in each state’s level of unemployment due to the U.S. economy. Job growth is one of the most closely watched indicators of a state’s economic situation and Pennsylvania is seen as healthier than most other states.
The United States higher education staffing system has been experiencing a reduction in the proportion of jobs for full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty members and a significant growth in full-time non-tenure-track, part-time/adjunct faculty and graduate employees.
The impact of obtaining a General Educational Development (GED) credential for those who have not graduated from high school is demonstrated by the change in perception of themselves and their future success in employment, education and income.
"People assume that tech schools don't lead to college. That just isn't true," Bob Veilleux commented at the beginning of his presentation. And it wouldn't be too much to say that saying "vo-tech" brings up a lot of different associations and connotations- most of them not terribly positive. In the past, it can seem to imply things like "not going to college", "less than great", "only for certain kinds of people".
"I'm a trainer. A life skills teacher. A mentor. A programmer. I want to show people how to get a job and keep it," was how Brenda Williams described her work, her voice was firm, to the point, and awake with excitement and passion.
Penn State University in conjunction with the Center for Rural Pennsylvania is conducting an ongoing study analyzing Pennsylvanian rural youth and their educational and career goals.
An increasing number of Pennsylvania residents with developmental disabilities are reaching the age of 55 and beyond.
A study compiled for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania titled, Survey of Emergency Management and Preparedness Agencies in Pennsylvania’s Rural Counties, explores the differences between rural and urban counties regarding the overall quality of emergency preparedness services.
In a dual study prepared for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania titled, Analyses of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Data for Rural Health Outcomes, Slippery Rock University and The Pennsylvania State University compared rural and urban Pennsylvanian resident’s health profiles, lifestyles choices, and use of health care services.