Purdue Extension columnist helps communities address issues

May 8, 2014  


Scott Hutcheson

Scott Hutcheson 
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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A monthly Purdue Extension news column and podcast that debuted Thursday (May 8) will help residents and civic leaders develop strategies to grow their local economies and ensure quality of life for residents.

Scott Hutcheson, an economic and community development specialist, will focus on these approaches in his new column, "The Street Where You Live." The column and podcast are available on Purdue Extension's news column website.

"The column will discuss emerging ideas and promising approaches that can help people in communities and neighborhoods work together effectively," said Hutcheson, assistant program leader of Purdue Extension's Economic and Community Development program area and senior associate with the Purdue Center for Regional Development. "This can be anything from a beautification project to something more complex, such as reducing crime."

Hutcheson's column will be released the second Thursday of each month. People can subscribe via email or access current and archived columns and podcasts online.

Hutcheson said civic groups in communities ranging from small neighborhoods to large cities can implement ideas from the column. The common denominator is building upon the positives in a community rather than the negatives.

"Framing discussions in a positive light results in creative solutions and new ideas, he said. "How we talk about issues guides how we work on them."

Other Purdue Extension news columns cover home gardening, insects, and government and public policy. 

Writer: Olivia Maddox, 765-496-3207, maddoxol@purdue.edu 

Source: Scott Hutcheson, 765-494-4277, hutcheson@purdue.edu

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