Rural America has a role to play as the nation addresses challenges around how we sustainably feed, fuel, and connect with one another. This year's gathering of the National Rural Assembly in St. Paul focused on building a more inclusive nation where all the people and all the places can make a difference.
We think you will find the report from the gathering useful and inspiring as you continue to work on behalf of rural communities through your organizations, networks, and through the National Rural Assembly. Click here to read the report.
Some highlights from the National Rural Assembly in St. Paul:
- Colonel Mark Mykleby, USMC and Captain Wayne Porter, USN, who both served asadvisors to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke about the need to change the national security narrative in this country.
- FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn called for the Rural Assembly's participation in identifying the right approaches to ensuring universal access.
- Filmmaker Heather Courtney screened her documentary Where Soldiers Come From, which looks at why rural America produces a disproportionate amount of military personnel, and about the very real trials soldiers from rural areas face when they return home.
- Nine passionate leaders declared their Rural Truth to Power, setting the stage for discussions like investment in rural youth, building smart transportation systems, and capturing the synergy between economic development and energy.
To find out more about the themes, recommendations, and general excitement experienced by 342 participants at the National Rural Assembly in St. Paul, read the final report.