National Rural Assembly 2007

The purpose of the first National Rural Assembly, held in June, 2007, was to take significant steps towards the goal of strengthening rural America by giving leaders a platform to be heard, raising the visibility of rural issues, developing specific rural policy initiatives, and organizing a national network of rural interests.

Participants tackled five wide ranging issue areas: Demographic Transitions; A Changing Rural Economy; Investment and Resource Distribution; Community Institutions and Civic Leadership; and Environmental Challenges.

Nearly 300 delegates participated, coming from 43 states and representing 250 organizations.

This final report summarizes the convening.