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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Center at South Platte Chamber Workshop

Center for Rural Affairs Participates in South Platte United Chamber of Commerce Workshop

Lyons, Nebraska – Kathie Starkweather, Policy Organizer for the Center for Rural Affairs, was a key presenter at the annual South Platte United Chamber of Commerce annual Holdrege workshop held today. The focus of the discussion was community and economic development, specifically key state programs that the Center for Rural Affairs was instrumental in securing during the last several sessions of the Nebraska Legislature.

“The Center for Rural Affairs has worked long and hard to help create policy that will offer fair opportunities for rural communities. Because of the Center’s efforts, we have seen some very good economic development opportunities created for rural microbusinesses in the form of tax credit and grant programs,” said Starkweather.

“The workshop provided excellent opportunity for folks to discuss how these programs could positively impact their local communities,” commented Starkweather, “People also showed a great deal of interest in the Center for Rural Affairs and learning more about what the organization does for rural America.”

Over thirty people attended the workshop held in Holdrege today. Starkweather also spoke about a new Center for Rural Affairs initiative – the National Rural Action Network.

“The Rural Action Network invites rural citizens to become part of the solution to the challenges confronting rural America. By joining the Rural Action Network they can add their voice to tens of thousands of others across the nation calling out for the kind of federal action that will create genuine economic opportunity for all rural people and a bright future for their communities.,” added Starkweather.

If you would like to have Kathie speak to your organization about the Rural Action Network as well as the Center's community and economic development work, contact her at We will try to accomodate every reasonable request.

For background information on the Rural Action Network see -

Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing social, economic, and environmental issues.

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