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Center for Rural Studies at Sam Houston State University
News Release
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

SHSU CENTER FOR RURAL STUDIES HOSTS MEETING
TO DISCUSS RURAL DEVELOPMENT

August 1 Meeting to Focus on Economic Vitality in Rural Texas

Huntsville, TX--The Center for Rural Studies at Sam Houston State University will host a region-wide meeting of community stakeholders in Central-East Texas to discuss regional economic development. Attendees will also learn about a new rural community and economic development organization being formed in the Central-East Texas Region. The event, titled “Economic Vitality in Rural Texas,”  is scheduled for Thursday, August 1 from 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Sam Houston State University. There is no charge to attend, but all attendees must pre-register online at www.shsu.edu/ruralcenter. The deadline for pre-registration is July 18. 

The featured speaker for the event will be David Terrell, Senior Advisor in the Office of Indiana Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann. Mr. Terrell will be discussing the success of community development programs in Indiana that have proven to be a good model for regional economic development. A panel discussion about regional programs in action will follow. Mr. Terrell will be a part of the panel, as well as Bob Mitchell from the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership and Chad Burke from the Economic Alliance, Houston Port Region.

The meeting is being co-hosted by a new regional economic development organization currently being formed that will serve rural communities in Central-East Texas. The organization will initially focus on communities in Walker, Grimes, Madison, Trinity, Polk, Liberty, and Leon counties, but will also serve rural communities in the surrounding areas. Stacey Osborne, the founder of the organization and former Economic Developer in the City of La Porte, will provide information about how communities can participate. She will also be seeking feedback in four focus areas: advocacy, infrastructure, quality of life and workforce and business development. Community members who cannot attend but still want to participate are encouraged to request additional information at www.shsu.edu/ruralcenter.

The Center for Rural Studies is located on the campus of Sam Houston State University. The mission of the Center is to assist in the building, strengthening, and maintaining of rural Texas communities. The center aims to address timely and salient issues relating to community and socioeconomic development in rural Texas by providing research services, outreach programs, educational programs, and technical assistance.

For additional information about this event, the Center for Rural Studies, or rural Texas communities, please email the Center for Rural Studies at ruralcenter@shsu.edu or call 936-294-4380.




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