On 21 April 2012, I participated in a one-day symposium on Rural Solutions: Economic Development on a Human Scale.
This symposium addressed themes of Microbusiness Development, Agriculture, and Community Development, connecting with the issues I was thinking about for the local schools:
Rural economic development has been a public policy puzzle for many years. Too often, policy makers look for economic development solutions that can also generate politically favorable headlines. In other words, they seek out large, well-known companies or fast-growing entrepreneurial gazelles that can generate dozens or even hundreds of jobs in a single well-publicized move. As a result, they frequently overlook the growth potential that exists in the indigenous resources–including human resources–of the community.
In addition to great discussions, there was a luncheon and keynote with Michael Shuman, Director of Research and Marketing for Cutting Edge Capitol and author of Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity–A Community Resilience Guide.
Special thanks to a great student, Dawn Rivers, for organizing this event.