Friday, September 29, 2017

Forum on improving rural infrastructure coming up

The Farm Foundation will host a free forum on the task of improving, expanding or replacing parts of the nation's rural infrastructure. The Task of Rebuilding Rural Infrastructure Forum will go from 9 -11 a.m. Oct. 3 in the Holeman Lounge at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington D.C. A free live audiocast will be available if you cannot attend, as well as a recording for later.

"We all recognize that the need for infrastructure improvements exists--everything from roads and bridges to electric and water supply systems and broadband service," says Contance Cullman, President of The Farm Foundation. "To make effective and efficient infrastructure investments, we need to understand the economic, public safety, national security and financing factors that must be considered."

Forum panelists will provide perspectives on the critical role of the broadband superhighway, rural transportation needs, financing options and how infrastructure impacts rural businesses and communities. Cullman will moderate the discussion. After comments by the panelists, the floor will be opened for questions and discussion. The panelists will be:
  • Mark Burton, Director of Transportation Economics at the University of Tennessee's Center for Transportation Research.
  • Robbie Boone, Vice President of Government Affairs for the Farm Credit Council, one of the member organizations of Rebuild Rural
  • Nick Tindall, Director of Government Affairs with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, which recently completed a member task force report on infrastructure needs. 
  • Jannine Miller, Senior Advisor for Rural Infrastructure, Office of the Secretary, US Department of Agriculture.

Click here to register if you plan to attend the Forum in person (the event is free, but advance registration is mandatory).

Click here to listen to the live audiocast.

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