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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Center Participates in Western RC&D Conference

Center for Rural Affairs Participates in the Western RC&D Association Conference

As part of the Western RC&D Association Conference, Kathie Starkweather, Policy Organizer for the Center for Rural Affairs will be one of the presenters at the four day event. She will be discussing the National Rural Action Program- a new Center for Rural Affairs initiative.

The Center for Rural Affairs is in the beginning phases of creating a vehicle for change: the National Rural Action Network to engage tens of thousands of rural citizens from across the nation in creating real and sustainable economic opportunities for everyone in rural America. Rural areas are falling farther behind metropolitan areas in all economic indicators, and yet national policymakers have not responded with rural policies that create genuine opportunity for rural people.

Hence, the need for an organized constituency to impact rural policy decisions and create rural opportunity must be a priority. The Center for Rural Affairs, through the Rural Action Network, is working to create that constituency and that rural impact on national public policy debates.

“The Center for Rural Affairs has worked long and hard to help create public polices that will offer fair opportunities for rural communities. Because of the Center’s efforts, we have seen some good rural economic development opportunities created for rural microbusinesses. The Rural Action Network seeks to engage rural citizens in building on these successes in the future,” said Starkweather

Several other topics will be discussed including entrepreneurship, rural development, youth, methamphetamine issues, and preservation of natural resources. The conference will include a President’s Reception at the Platte River Road Archway Monument, tours of Kearney and Minden, Nebraska, and success stories from RC&D councils throughout the Western RC&D area. Other invited guests that are expected to be there include; Secretary of Agriculture Mike Johanns, Governor Dave Heineman, and Representative Tom Osborne.

The conference, hosted by the Nebraska Resource Conservation & Development, will be held in Kearney, Nebraska at the Holiday Inn from January 22-25, 2006. The Public is invited to attend. Registration information is available on the Western Association web site at

For background information on the Rural Action Network see -

Location-Kearney, Nebraska at the Holiday Inn
Date- January 22-25, 2006

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