White House Rural Forum shines spotlight on progress, issues in rural America
October 30, 2016
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack hosted a White House Rural Forum at Penn State's University Park campus on Oct. 5. Northeast Center Director Stephan Goetz participated in the forum, which included panel and roundtable discussions on economic drivers in rural America, the future of agriculture, rural quality of life, regions in transition, and rural young leaders making a difference.
Call for presentations: What Works in Rural Business Innovation and Economic Development
October 26, 2016
The Northeast Center is accepting presentation proposals for its May 2017 What Works conference, to be held in conjunction with the annual conferences of Create West Virginia and Universal Design Today. The submission deadline is December 15, 2016, and submission guidelines are now available. The rural innovation-focused triple-header conference seeks presentations that answer the question, How do we (re)create buildings, communities, learning places, programs and products to better meet needs of 21st Century people?
Strengthening economic resilience in Appalachian communities is focus of newly funded project
October 26, 2016
The Northeast Center is part of a research team that was recently awarded a grant to explore and document strategies and policies that local leaders can use to enhance the future economic prospects of coal-impacted communities throughout the Appalachian Region. The project, titled "Strengthening Economic Resilience in Appalachian Communities," is funded for nine months by a $149,998 POWER grant administered by the Appalachian Regional Commission. Downstream Strategies, based in Morgantown, WV, is leading the research, which will use the Center’s seminal county-level economic resilience measure, published in The Review of Regional Studies.