Friday, April 29, 2011

National Rural Assembly is June 28-30 in St. Paul

Registration is open for the 2011 National Rural Assembly, scheduled for June 28-30 in St. Paul, Minn. The Assembly has identified several objectives: Articulate a message that raises national awareness of rural issues; raise a call to action for assembly members around the issues identified in the Rural Compact; provide opportunities for action planning on rural policy issues; create opportunities for participants to make connections that will forward their work on policy issues; and educate policymakers and other leaders on issues prevalent in rural policy.

The event will include several work sessions, which will "provide participants with the opportunity to go deep and build a set of recommendations that will then be carried forward to policymakers by the Rural Assembly in the coming year," the assembly says in a news release. Session topics include housing, climate change, tribal issues, philanthropy, immigration, the Farm Bill, youth policy and rural education grants, Social Security and green jobs. Registration costs $150, and participants are expected to pay for their own travel and lodging expenses. Meals are included in the registration fee. You can register for the event here.

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