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Attend the National Conference on Rural Wealth Creation and Livelihoods in October

April 1, 2011

The Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Ford Foundation are convening a National Conference and Conversation on Rural Wealth Creation and Livelihoods, October 3 – 5, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

This conference will bring together researchers, practitioners and policy-makers who are working on regional and rural development issues to discuss and facilitate a common understanding about fostering wealth creation and improved livelihoods in rural America through research and local, regional and federal development initiatives.

The objectives of the Conference are:

  • Increase understanding about what wealth is, and how wealth is created and maintained to expand livelihood opportunities and sustain rural communities.
  • Improve understanding about how policies and practices contribute and interact to create and sustain wealth in varying rural community contexts.
  • Surface questions and situations related to rural wealth creation that merit new or deeper research and/or improved program or policy approaches.
  • Begin to develop a shared framework and vocabulary around rural wealth creation that can connect research, practice and policy.
  • Open a practice-relevant dialogue and launch an ongoing community of practice – including practitioners, researchers and policymakers – around rural wealth creation.

The conference will be limited to no more than 150 participants, both to encourage exchange among participants from a range of experience, background and geographic location, and to allow for a significant number of partial scholarships.

All those interested in attending the conference are requested to apply by responding to a Call for Participation.

To respond to the Call, go here.

Download the Call for Participation PDF here.

Applications are due by May 15, 2011.

Categories: Research, Education & Extension, Rural Development

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