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Rural Gateway Peer-To-Peer Conference Call: The State of Rural America: 
A Discussion of Best Practices - September 30, 2015 - 2 PM EDT

Rural Gateway Peer-To-Peer Conference Call
The State of Rural America:
A Discussion of Best Practices
Date: September 30, 2015
Time: 2:00 p.m. EDT

The Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development (ORHED) invites you to take part in our next Peer-to-Peer conference call.  Scheduled for September 30, 2015, this call will offer participants the opportunity to learn more about current conditions and trends in Rural America through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS).

The Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’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.

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.

Leaders of the Economic Research Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture will share information on economic analysis of rural areas.  Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about best practices and establish contacts for future reference.

Join HUD’s Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development (ORHED) and leaders of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service staff as we engage rural community leaders in this open forum on current rural conditions. Speakers will include:

  • Valerie G. Piper, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development, Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development;
  • Jackie L. Williams, Ph.D., Moderator, Director, Office of Rural Housing and Economic  Development, Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development;
  • Robert Gibbs, Associate Director, Resource and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture (facilitator);
  • John Cromartie, Senior Geographer, Associate Director, Resource and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture;
  • David McGranahan, Senior Economists, Associate Director, Resource and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture;
  • Thomas Hertz, Senior Economists, Associate Director, Resource and Rural Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Topics to be discussed

Current trends in Rural America:

  • Child Poverty
  • Employment
  • Population Change

Format of the call

Call-in instructions and additional materials will be emailed to participants on September 29, 2015. The 60 minute call will include presentations and a Q&A session.

Please RSVP by email to rhed@hud.gov no later than close of business on September 28, 2015. Please include your name and organization.

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


 
            
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