'Making Place Matter in Northwest Oklahoma' is topic of Rural Community Economic Development Summit

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'Making Place Matter in Northwest Oklahoma' is topic of Rural Community Economic Development Summit

May 4, 2010

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Northwestern Oklahoma State University is playing host to the upcoming Rural Community Economic Development Summit set for Thursday, June 3, in Alva. Sign-in begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. The deadline to register is May 20.

Summit planners welcome community and economic development leaders across northwest Oklahoma to participate in this free regional development conference titled “Making Place Matter in Northwest Oklahoma.” The conference will feature break-out sessions covering alternative energy production and commercialization, community revitalization strategies, economic trends and population changes occurring in Oklahoma, workforce needs and agri-tourism opportunities.

Speakers from USDA Rural Development, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the Oklahoma Main Street Center, USDA Agricultural Research Service, the Workforce Investment Board, Preservation Oklahoma, East Central University, the Oklahoma Municipal League, and the Oklahoma Association of County Commissioners will all be on hand to share insights and opportunities with summit attendees.

Dr. Glenda Humiston, California USDA Rural Development State Director, will deliver the keynote address during the noon luncheon. Area legislators also will share legislative highlights at the close of the day’s events.

To register for the summit and lunch, please contact Yolanda Creswell at yfcreswell@nwosu.edu or 580-327-8606. For more information, please contact Dr. Kay Decker, Summit Co-Chair, by email at kldecker@nwosu.edu.

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