White House Rural Council Roundtables on Job Growth

Last week, as part of his three day bus tour, President Obama stopped in Peosta, Iowa to take part in the White House Rural Economic Forum, where he announced a series of initiatives that leverage existing programs and funding to help small businesses and meet the critical needs in rural communities. In the coming weeks, the President will put forth additional proposals that will help put people back to work and give the middle class greater economic security. Promoting financial and job growth in rural communities is central to these goals.


Earlier this week, I traveled to Louisiana, Tennessee and Arkansas through Federal Co-Chairman of the Delta Regional Authority (DRA) Chris Masingill and Doug O'Brien, Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture to conduct project site visits and contribute in White House Rural Council Roundtables in Houma and Bastrop, LA as well as Pine Bluff, AR. We heard from stakeholders in the region about how the federal government has and can be a better partner as we invest in rustic economies.

On August 26, 2011, U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) will host a webinar to talk about best practices to promote rural small business development. White House Rural Council members Chris Masingill of DRA and Federal Co-Chairman of the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) Earl Gohl will share best practices and successes with secure to 400 participants.