Are you ready for the National Rural Assembly?

Thank you for registering for the June 2013 National Rural
Assembly.  We look forward to seeing you
on Sunday, June 23, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

We’d like to make you aware of some last minute details and

Location & Transportation
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Road · North Bethesda, Maryland 20852
Travel information can be found here.

Meeting Program
Please check our meeting
for start and end times for all plenaries and breakouts.  Cabinet Secretaries will speak on Tuesday,
June 25.  White House Rural Council
breakout sessions will take place on Wednesday, June 26.

All meals will be provided at the conference center EXCEPT dinner on Monday
and Tuesday nights.  We encourage
individuals and groups to sign up for a Dine-Around experience while you’re in
town.  We’ve asked our local friends in
Bethesda to recommend a diverse selection of restaurants, and we’ve gone ahead
and made reservations for 8-10 people at each location.  You may sign-up for a dining experience
throughout the day at the registration/information booth in Foyer A-C on Monday
and Tuesday.

Website & Online Engagement
The Rural Assembly website
will be the primary location for conference materials throughout our 3 days
together.  Live streaming will also occur
on the Assembly website.  Other sources
will include the Daily Yonder, which
will offer regular reporting and blog posts about the Assembly and our Facebook
and Twitter feeds.  Check out social media at
the Assembly.

Young Professionals Leadership Training

Young Professionals Leadership Training participants will meet all-day on
Sunday, starting with breakfast in Glen Echo Room at 8:30am.  Don’t forget to do your light
“homework!”  If you missed the webinars
with facilitator Matt Lewis, you can listen to a recording here.


Rio Grande reflections

Taneum Fotheringill shares her reflections on traveling to the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas — and how it changed her understanding of a region often misunderstood by outsiders.

Read More »
clipboard with stethoscope

A new series from the Rural Assembly to explore health disparities in rural communities​

The Rural Assembly is kicking off a series of blog posts which will explore the challenges faced by rural citizens with chronic health conditions, the consequences of limited healthcare access, and the urgent need for comprehensive solutions to bridge this healthcare gap. By addressing the unique challenges faced by these individuals, we can work towards building a healthcare system that is inclusive, efficient, and responsive to the diverse needs of all citizens. Bridging the healthcare gap is not just a matter of policy: it is a commitment to the well-being and dignity of every individual, regardless of where they call home.

Read More »

Drawing Resilience: Autumn Cavender

Wicanhpi Iyotan Win (Autumn Cavender) is Wahpetunwan Dakota and a midwife from Pezihutazizi K’api Makoca (Upper Sioux Community). Autumn is finding new ways to see, visualize and encode designs using traditional Dakota aesthetic and design processes. Her current practice explores quillwork Dakota methodology and its applications through ancestral, digital, and generative technologies.

Read More »