Roundup Reel: Week of Oct. 3

October 7, 2011 | By Liza Casabona | Post a Comment

Here’s your weekly compilation of noteworthy stories and happenings.

  • Interesting and — depending on where you sit — unsettling look at the efforts by the governors of Indiana and New York to limit the size and scope of local government in Stateline on Tuesday. From the article: “And so it is that both Indiana and New York, despite radically different histories, legislatures and attitudes toward government, are engaged in parallel experiments: to see what happens when the state limits local government’s ability to raise revenue through property taxes — in the midst of a stumbling economy.”
  • Stateline also examined the tension between state and local activities in California, here.
  • The Department of Agriculture awarded grants to rural based projects in 34 states through its Rural Business Opportunity Grants, Small and Socially-Disadvantaged Producer Grants and the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grants. RBOG supports regional planning activities to improve economic conditions in rural areas.
  • The Foundation Center’s site has a time-lapse, interactive infographic for the history geeks among us that illustrates foundation giving and growth over the past two decades.

And finally, for educators looking to motivate their students, NASA announced a competition for students to name the two space craft headed up to orbit the moon. Name your very own rocket here.




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