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Rural Gateway Peer-to-Peer Conference Call: The State of Rural America - March 28, 2019 - 2 PM EDT

The State of Rural America
Date: March 28, 2019
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT

Join HUD's Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development (ORHED) and leadership from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Research Service staff as we engage rural community leaders in this open forum on current rural conditions.

This Peer-to-Peer conference call will offer participants the opportunity to learn more about the USDA Economic Research Service's 2018 Edition of Rural America at a Glance. Leadership from the Economic Research Service will share information on economic analysis of rural areas. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and establish contacts for future reference.

Learn more about the USDA and the Economic Research Service.


  • Jackie L. Williams, Ph.D., Moderator, Director, ORHED, Office of Community Planning and Development, HUD; and
  • John Pender, Senior Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA

Topics to Be Discussed

  • Rural population change and its components: net migration and natural change
  • Rural-urban differences in employment growth
  • Population, employment, and poverty trends by race/ethnicity
  • Aging in rural America

Participant Instructions

Please RSVP by email to rhed@hud.gov no later than close of business on March 26, 2019. Please include your name and organization.

Call-in instructions and additional materials will be emailed to participants on March 27, 2019. The 60-minute call will include presentations and a Q&A session.

If you have any questions, please call 1-877-RURAL-26 (1-877-787-2526).

More Information about USDA and the Economic Research Service

USDA works extensively with state and local governments, and community-based organizations in Rural America to help address local agricultural challenges and concerns. Through technical and financial assistance, USDA helps to build the capacity of rural communities to develop and implement solutions.

The USDA Economic Research Service's mission is to inform and enhance public and private decision making on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and rural development. Activities to support this mission involve a comprehensive program of economic research and analysis, including development of economic and statistical indicators, on a broad range of topics spanning the four goal areas of USDA:

  • Assist rural communities to create prosperity so they are self-sustaining, repopulating, and economically thriving;
  • Ensure that national forests and private working lands are conserved, restored, and made more resilient to climate change, while enhancing water resources;
  • Help America promote agricultural production and biotechnology exports as America works to increase food security;
  • Ensure that all of America's children have access to safe, nutritious, and balanced meals.
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