Many small and rural communities are struggling to survive. They are challenged to find ways to retain jobs, as well as to keep their best and brightest residents from moving away to nearby cities. Some have found that the best solution to rural economic development may not be to focus exclusively on landing one big factory. Many communities are yielding greater returns through leveraging, connecting and transforming—focusing on the assets that they have and growing their own opportunities by using economic development strategies that include entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation. This forum will help you learn more about these strategies to take back to your own community.
Who Should Attend?
Economic development practitioners and students; small-town and county mayors; entrepreneurs; representatives from development districts, neighborhood groups, community development corporations and workforce development groups; and members of small-town boards, commissions and chambers
This event is free; however, registration is required by Tuesday, August 12, as space is limited. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
For questions or more information, please contact Teresa Cheeks Wilson at 901-531-5109 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presented by the Memphis Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.