L/SFR Sneak Peek: Obama Announces White House Rural Council to Encourage Economic Growth

June 14, 2011 | By Liza Casabona | Post a Comment

(This story is excerpted from the June 20 Local/State Funding Report.) President Obama established the first White House Rural Council on June 9 to build on the administration’s rural economic strategy, address the challenges rural communities face and harness the economic potential in those areas.

The White House Rural Council will coordinate rural-focused programs across the federal government, with a particular focus on encouraging public-private partnerships to “promote further economic property and quality of life in rural communities nationwide,” according to the official announcement. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will serve as chairman of the council.

“Strong rural communities are key to a stronger America,” said President Obama. “That’s why I’ve established the White House Rural Council to make sure we’re working across government to strengthen rural communities and promote economic growth.”

The council will first focus on job creation and economic development, according to the administration. Promoting innovation, expanding digital and physical networks and increasing the flow of capital to rural areas will also be among the early goals.

For more about the new White House Rural Council, subscribers can look to the June 20 issue of Local/State Funding Report.


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