Weekly Updates

June 22, 2011

Vol. 1. Issue 21  

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Hello Friends,

Last week we convened our spring Regional Advisory Committee Meeting and we are extremely grateful for an excellent workshop on message framing and cognitive science. It was given by Regional Advisory Committee Member, Bill Kennedy and staff attorneys from Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC). As the presentation is uploaded to the LSNC site, we anticipate having a link to it by next week.

In addition to this, RAC  Members received a first glimpse presentation, by Jonathan London, of the Healthy Youth/Healthy Regions research that the CRC has completed. Members asked thought-provoking questions and helped to determine the trajectory of the CRC's efforts to disseminate the data.

Below you will find the latest in regional news and events.

 

The Center for Regional Change

In This Issue
CRC Activities
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
Jobs & Employment Opportunities
Upcoming Events
Special Reports on Regional Change
Regional Change in the News

CRC Activities

This past Friday, the CRC formally welcomed two new RAC Members at our biannual Regional Advisory Committee Meeting. Their names are: Sandy Holman, and Jon Ellison. Click here to see their biographies and meet our other RAC Members.

Come out this June 26th for Davis' Juneteenth Celebration at the Davis Library. The event will be sponsored by a number of organizations including The Culture C.O-O.P, of which one of our newest RAC Members, Sandy Holman, is a part. Click here to check out this event.

The Center for Regional Change
is embarking on the next phase of the USDA Rural Business Opportunity Grant. As such, we are seeking a Graduate Student Researcher for a 25% position during the Summer to assist with qualitative data gathering (including phone and in-person interviews, and inventory of existing organizations), regarding barriers and opportunities to regional business development in four sectors and regions of rural California. For more information about this exciting position, click here.
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

The Motorola Mobility Foundation is launching an Empowerment Grant Program to assist U.S.-based nonprofit organizations in community empowerment through technology.  For information click here .  

 

 The Open Society Institute is offering funding for innovative thinkers to address global challenges. For additional details, click here.  

 

The Northern California Center for the National Children's Study  is announcing its National Children's Study Pilot Projects Program for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. For further details, click here

Jobs & Employment Opportunities 

Fresh Producers, a  California, youth-focused non-profit, seeks support in Grants Research (and program development). Find out how you can help them "generate wealth from health" by clicking  here.

The Pesticide Watch Education Fund is seeking a Community Organizer for locations in: San Francisco and the Central Coast. Click here for more information.

Portland State University is currently searching for a new Sustainability Coordinator to oversee environmental planning and sustainability programs. For more information, click here.

Upcoming Events

The Young Planners Group is hosting their 2011 Speaker Series Kickoff this June 24th. This year's speaker series is titled, "Connecting with our Communities - Using Core Values to Plan for the Common Good. Click here to find out more. 

 

The fifth annual Opportunity Green Business Conference will be held Thursday, November 10th until Friday, November 11th. Click here for event details

 

The Sustainable Economies Law Center is hosting free legal clinics for food-related projects. There will also be a "Law Slaw" workshop and gathering on July 20th. Click here for details.


The California State Rural Health Association, in collaboration with the State Office of Rural Health will present the first in a series of webinars about preventative health issues. The first is entitled "Obesity in our Society and in Rural California" and will scheduled for June 24th, 2011. Click here for more information.  

 

Special Reports on Regional Change
The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District has approved a $130,000 study to examine how much of the San Joaquin Valley's air pollution can be blamed on coal power plants and ferocious dust storms in rapidly developing Asian nations. Find out more by clicking here
Regional Change in the News
Sacramento's grocery landscape is shifting from warehouse stores like Costco and Sam's Club to   chains with smaller stores that promise more affordable organic foods for middle-class consumers. Get more details by clicking here.

 

With corn prices up and demand for the commodity growing, two plants in the Valley have received funding and are planning to produce ethanol without corn. Find out where and how by clicking here.

An article by Abigail Gardner from Smart Growth America in response to a Wall Street Journal article that asked the question of whether or not Smart Growth policies and land use restrictions were to blame for the recent housing boom and bust. Read the full article here.

 See all of this information and more on our website: regionalchange.ucdavis.edu. We invite any input on or contributions to these announcements.  Also, if you are interested in providing a post for our blog, please let us know.  To unsubscribe, click the "unsubscribe" button below. Thanks for your time!

 

Michael Johnson 

UC Davis Center for Regional Change