The White House Rural Council, along with President Obama, will host 'The White House Rural Economic Forum' at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, Iowa on Aug. 16. This Forum launches a three-day economic bus tour in the Midwest for President Obama and the members of the Rural Council.
The Forum will bring together farmers, small business owners, private sector leaders, rural organizations, and government officials to discuss ideas and initiatives to promote economic growth, and spur innovation in rural communities and small towns across the country.
The White House Rural Council released a new report Friday entitled Jobs and Economic Security for Rural America, which lays out the economic landscape rural Americans face today. The report focuses on five critical areas: creating jobs and promoting economic growth, improving access to quality health care and education, fostering innovation, expanding outdoor opportunities, and supporting veterans and military families.
This report highlights many programs and policies President Obama and his Administration has implemented in rural America to support economic growth. Specific needs as well as unique opportunities found within rural America, such as supporting job creation, improving access to quality healthcare and education, promoting innovation and investment, and supporting veterans and military families are stressed throughout the report.
Last month, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the first White House Rural Council to focus on increasing rural access to capital, spur agricultural innovation, expand digital and physical infrastructure in rural areas, and create economic opportunities through conservation and outdoor recreation.
The White House Rural Economic Forum is just one part of a series of more than 100 events held across the country this summer.