May 23, 2005 Workshop Series Two Trends in the Field
Promoting Equitable Development in Rural Communities
More than 55 million people in the United States live in areas defined by the Census Bureau as rural, yet these areas are often forgotten in regional policy discourse. However, there are many best practices found in Rural America that have relevance to other communities. The lessons to be learned there address ways to organize residents and ensure that their voices are heard in policymaking and asset development strategies. This session discussed the issues that confront advocates in these communities and the significance of rural policy agendas for achieving regional equity.
Joe Brooks, Vice President for Civic Engagement, PolicyLink
William J. Bynum, Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Corporation of the Delta and Hope Community Credit Union