REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for 2019 Rural Women's Summit

REGISTRATION IS NOW LIVE for the Rural Women's Summit, which will be held October 27-29 in Greenville, SC.

Register now to get the early bird price!

The Rural Women's Summit is designed for rural practitioners, leaders, and advocates to articulate the broad civic, political, and cultural impact of women’s leadership in rural America.
Whitney Kimball Coe and her daughter, Susannah, in Pocket Park at a Civic Saturday in Athens, Tenn. (Photo by Lauren Trew)
Preaching Faith in Democracy: A movement spreading across the country since the 2016 election evokes a church. Its teachings? Civic engagement.

From the New York Times:
"Whitney Kimball Coe, Director of the Rural Assembly, sees Civic Saturdays as a tool of revitalization and hosted one of her gatherings in a decaying area downtown that she and neighbors are trying to breathe life back into. 'We’re organizing a new future for our small town,' she said."

Courtney Martin recently covered the Civic Saturday movement and the work of Whitney Kimball Coe in the New York Times. Check out the piece and more about Citizen University and Civic Saturdays .
Vera Institute looking for proposals for new Rural Jails Research and Policy Network project

The Vera Institute of Justice, with support from Arnold Ventures, is pleased to solicit proposals from applicants at U.S.-based universities to participate in a new Rural Jails Research and Policy Network as a university “Hub” site. Vera will award up to $200,000 to support each university Hub site’s work as part of this project. Proposals will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EDT on August 9, 2019, and must be submitted via Submittable at . Please direct any questions to
Becky McCray (left) and Deb Brown of SaveYour.Town are sponsoring the third Survey of Rural Challenges. (Photo courtesy of SaveYour.Town)
Survey of Rural Challenges open through July 30

Deb Brown and Becky McCray, a pair of rural development specialists leading SaveYour.Town, want to hear what your small community needs to thrive. The informal Survey of Rural Challenges is open through July 30. Read more about the project and the survey in the Daily Yonder and submit your thoughts on the needs of rural communities.
New Precision Agricultural Connectivity Task Force looking for members

Chairman Pai of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has just announced the formation of the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Task Force. This Task Force is focused on promoting broadband Internet access on agricultural land. Farmers, ranchers, broadband providers, and State and local government representatives will advise the FCC on policy changes to connect agricultural land.

Nominations for membership to this Task Force should be submitted to the FCC on or before July 17, 2019.

Bread and Puppet Theater performs in July 2014. The theater is one of several professional arts organizations in the Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. (Photo by geoff dude via flickr, Creative Commons)
Commentary: Creative Impulses Fuel Economy of Vermont's Northeast Kingdom

The percentage of people working in creative occupations and enterprises in northeast Vermont is nearly a third higher than the national average. Performance, culinary arts, and design are just some of the sectors that contribute to the local economy, according to a new report.
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