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2005 National Conference on Sustaining Rural America

2004 National Conference on Job Loss and Recovery



2004 National Conference on Job Loss and Recovery in Rural America

On-Site Registration Will Be Available


Friday and Saturday October 1-2, 2004
Location: Southeastern NC Agriculture Center & Farmers Market
Hwy 74 East in Lumberton, NC

The Conference will begin each day at the Southeastern N.C. Agricultural Center and Farmers Market in Lumberton. A Morning Plenary Session will be held both days between 9:00 - 11:00 AM that will focus on the challenges, opportunities, and solutions facing practitioners, policymakers, and researchers in rural development. “Open Space” will be available between 11:00 - 11:45 AM for networking, organizing, and roundtable discussions. Workshop tracks will be held each afternoon from 1:30 - 4:30 PM at various locations throughout the county.

The registration cost of the Conference is $50.00 for both days or $30.00 per individual day. The cost is very low in order to make the conference accessible to a broad base of participants. The cost includes refreshments and resource materials from the each of the workshop tracks that participants attend and from the plenary sessions. You must send in the completed registration form and check no later than September 30th.

Unfortunately, the Multi-Cultural Festival and Cookout that was scheduled for Friday night, October 1 at River Way, the new Outdoor Adventure and Education Center owned and operated by the Center for Community Action is cancelled due to the impact of recent inclement weather related to hurricanes Frances and Ivan. Lunches on site at the Agricultural Center will be offered as an alternative opportunity for registrants to network over a meal. Ronnie Milsap will be in concert at UNC-Pembroke on Friday night and tickets are available through the conference at a reduced rate. The Robeson County Fair will open on Friday night as well at the Fairgrounds near the Agricultural Center - the host site of the conference.

Participants staying over Saturday night will also have the opportunity to attend the Robeson County Fair or reserve evening canoe and kayak floats on the Lumber River at River Way.

Resource providers for the conference will include local, state, national leaders and educators engaged in programs, projects, and policy related to sustainable economic development and recovery in Rural America.

The conference is coordinated by Jobs for the Future Collaborative, a public-private partnership in Robeson County that was organized by The Center For Community Action in response to the massive loss of jobs in Robeson County, N.C. It includes leaders in both the public and private sector and is committed to a pro-active and successful approach to sustainable development in rural Robeson County and public policies that support rural America.

For more information, contact:

The Center For Community Action
P.O. Box 723, Lumberton, N.C. 28359
(910) 739-7851