People tend to live longer, healthier lives in places with strong local economies. Economic opportunities are linked to lower rates of poverty and unemployment, as well as healthy lifestyles. Rural communities face unique challenges in creating and maintaining thriving economies and typically face higher rates of poverty and unemployment than urban and suburban areas. There are many ways employers, schools, community members and others can work together to increase job skills, employment opportunities, and set young people on a path towards academic and financial success.
Please join us for this two-part, interactive peer learning series on strengthening rural economies. Colleagues from around the country will come together to share successes, challenges, and ideas for effective approaches to rural economic development.
This peer-to-peer learning forum will bring together rural changemakers to discuss a topic that many communities have in common.
Please note: This is designed to be a facilitated, interactive conversation among participants rather than a formal presentation. Please come ready to share ideas and experiences from your own work and bring questions you want to ask others who are also working to strengthen their local economies.
Session 1: Leveraging Partnerships. Discuss and share strategies and resources to leverage partnerships to spur rural economic development.
Session 2: Emerging Strategies that are Making a Difference. Bring ideas and experiences from your own community efforts to strengthen your local economy -- what has worked and the challenges you face -- and share what has made a difference in your work. In both sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to make new connections and expand your professional network.
Session Dates and Times
• Thursday, August 15th 3-4:15 pm ET and
• Thursday, August 29th 3-4:15 pm ET
You may participate in either session, although participation in both is encouraged.