WERA Meeting 2015

Western Regional Coordinating Committee:
Addressing the Rural Development Concerns
of the Rural West

A Western Education/Extension Research Activity (WERA1005)

We invite eligible Extension professionals, faculty, and researchers to join a Western Regional Coordinating Committee on Addressing the Rural Development Concerns of the Rural West (WERA1005) and to attend the committee’s Tucson meeting 15 February 2015.  

This western regional coordinating committee (WERA1005) will convene around the Western Rural Development Center’s three priority areas. This activity provides an opportunity to bring Extension professionals, faculty, researchers, community leaders, and policy makers together to better understand these issues and develop programs to address them.

NOTE: You will be sent an email with instructions on how to register for the meeting once we receive notification that you have joined this coordinating committee in NIMSS. If you are already a member of this committee, we will email the registration information to you. 

WRDC Priority Areas

  1. Enhance Human Capacity through People-based Rural Development
  2. Create Vibrant Rural Economies through Place-based Rural Development
  3. Promote Sustainable Natural Resource Development

WERA Regional Coordinating Committee Objectives

The WERA Regional Coordinating Committee will work together to:

  1. Develop funding proposals to conduct research to better understand the critical rural development concerns described below. Research results will be published in professional journals, policy briefs, WRDC publications, and through other means.
  2. Initiate appropriate and needed educational and training programs and deliver these programs via direct training, webinars, policy briefs or other means to community residents and leaders, extension personnel and others.
  3. Make informed policy recommendations based on research findings and communication with community leaders.

Expected Outcomes and Impacts

  1. Cutting edge research focused on better understanding the unique challenges and opportunities for rural development in the West.
  2. The development and strengthening of multistate research and extension teams.
  3. Development and dissemination of extension curricula to meet the needs of rural communities and residents in the West.

Educational Plan

  1. Disseminate research findings and outreach materials to land grant institutions and rural communities via policy briefs, web based training, conferences, and professional journals.
  2. Deliver training and technical assistance to extension, federal, state and local community audiences.
  3. Catalyze new relationships between land grant faculty and rural development partners nationally and throughout the Western region. Relationships could include joint conferences, joint research conferences, policy analysis and recommendations, or joint curriculum development and delivery.


Project Participation

To attend the meeting, you must first join this WERA by submitting Appendix E using NIMSS.

Click here for NIMSS details.

Upon receipt of your completed Appendix E and approval of your participation, the WRDC will contact you regarding the 2015 regional coordinating committee meeting scheduled for 15 February 2015 in Tucson, Arizona.


Members are responsible for making and paying for their travel. There is no registration fee to attend the meeting. The WRDC will provide the meeting room, AV equipment, materials, refreshment breaks, and working lunch.


Complete the NIMSS Appendix E form and specify your interest to join WERA_1005. To complete Appendix E go to the National Information Management Support System at http://lgu.umd.edu and follow the instructions including securing the appropriate supervisor approval.


To Create an Appendix E for a WERA Project:

1. Go to the National Information Management Support System at http://lgu.umd.edu

2. Type in your login and password. (If you don’t have a login, you’ll need to register, also at the above URL, or sign in as a guest to review the information in NIMSS.)

3. In the Top Green Tool Bar, select “Participants” then select “Draft/Edit,” then “Draft New.”

4. Select the multistage project number (WERA_1005), the AES or EXT category, and your name.

5. Fill out the form:

a)     Click on which objectives you will be working on (if they are listed)

b)     Regarding Scientific Year, include the % of time you will be devoting to this multistage project with 10% being the minimum amount allowed. Professional year=postdoc, Technical year=technicians. The percentages must total 100%.

6. Click on the RPA, SOI, and FOS to get the requested codes.

7. Click on ’Submit.’