Rural voice online – Project connects poor communities

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Southern Rural Development Initiative has launched a Web site that aims to help residents of the rural South influence policy affecting community development.

The Raleigh-based group developed the site with a grant from the Managing Information in Rural America program of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

The site features a “Parables to Policy Project” that lets visitors see and hear words and images from some of the region’s poorest communities, as well as discussions by state and federal policymakers.

Debby Warren, the group’s executive director, says she hopes the site will be a “practical resource for all change agents working on behalf of the poorest communities in the rural South.

“We also want to inspire change agents doing the difficult, unrecognized work in rural communities,” she says. “This site will also challenge those in the public sector to better serve rural communities.”

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