Strategies for Investing in Rural America

2nd Annual Jon Brandt Public Policy Forum

U.S. House of Representatives
1302 Longworth House Office Building (LHOB)
Tuesday, April 14 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM ET

Program Summary

CoBank’s Strategies for Rural Investment
Mary McBride, President of CoBank

Rural Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Infrastructure: Perspectives from Applied Economics Research
Dr. Sarah Low, Economist of the Resource and Rural Economics Division, USDA Economic Research Service

Speaker Panel on Successful Strategies for Rural Development Outcomes
Moderated by Mike Adams of AgriTalk

Rural America has many competitive economic advantages derived from its unique land, location, resource, and knowledge assets. Experts will discuss successful examples of where economic opportunities afforded by the synergies among rural innovation, entrepreneurship, and infrastructure contribute to more productive rural economies.

It is widely acknowledged that investments in the 21st century must increasingly be strategic—one size does not fit all. Rural businesses must have marketable business plans, a shared vision with local residents and leaders, an entrepreneurial skill set, sufficient infrastructure, and human and start-up capital. Strategic investment opportunities and clear strategies about how, where, and when to invest in rural America must be identified. This policy forum will explore the dynamic growth environment and formulate an economic agenda that supports a more vibrant rural America.

About the Jon Brandt Policy Forum: This annual Policy Forum was established to pay tribute Dr. Jon Brandt’s leadership within the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA), C-FARE, the National Association of Agricultural Economics Administrators (NAAEA), and North Carolina State University, as well as in service to the agricultural community at large.

Rural Investment Reception
In celebration of
Rural Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure, and Investment
Join us on the Senate side of Capitol Hill at The Monocle
107 D Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Tuesday, April 14 from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM ET

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