Expanding rural reach

Creating advantages for rural areas within the global economy will be the focus of a two-day conference in September hosted by the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center.

The 2006 Rural Partners Forum, scheduled for Sept. 13-14 at the North Raleigh Hilton, will feature an opening address by Mark Drabenstott, director of the Center for the Study of Rural America at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Erskine Bowles, president of the University of North Carolina system, will deliver the keynote address.

The conference also will feature data on the effects of globalization on the state’s economy, and the release of new reports on entrepreneurship, the future of farming and support for dislocated workers.

Participants will also discuss policy implications arising from the recent and upcoming legislative sessions.

The deadline for registration is Sept. 1.

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