Rural voices are critical to strengthening our democracy

The Rural Assembly is bringing a rural perspective and voice to several national initiatives, including a new economic commission of The Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

“Rural people and places are critical partners in shoring up our democracy, meeting our country’s climate goals, and moving us closer to a more equitable and inclusive nation,” said Rural Assembly Director Whitney Kimball Coe.

Kimball Coe will serve as a commission member on the the Commission on Reimagining Our Economy, a new initiative of The Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Whitney Kimball Coe

The Commission is an interdisciplinary and nonpartisan multiyear effort to rethink the principles that drive economic decision making and to recommend policies that enable opportunity for all.

Guided by an understanding of the connections between our political and economic systems, the project will advance bold, achievable recommendations to help create an economy that helps individuals, communities, and the nation flourish, the Academy announced in November.

Kimball Coe will represent the Rural Assembly in this group of scholars, business leaders, philanthropic leaders, community and religious leaders, labor leaders, and others.

 In addition, Coe and the Rural Assembly have been asked to participate in several other national efforts, including: 

”Each of these national initiatives is another opportunity for rural voices to help shape the path forward,” Kimball Coe said.

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