State Rural Development Roundtables (2006)

Rural communities face important challenges to remain strong and vibrant. Some of these challenges are beyond the capacity of rural communities to control, while many others can be successfully tackled when local people and organizations work together on high priority issues they have in common.

The question is this: What are the crucial rural development issues that deserve serious attention in the months and years ahead? One important way to gain insights on these issues is through a “roundtable.” A roundtable provides the equal forum for discussing, digesting, debating, and deliberating on the challenges and opportunities facing rural communities. When the table is round, everyone is equal and everyone is heard.

The Southern Rural Development Center, in cooperation with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, asked Southern states to hold listening sessions to identify priorities for the future of rural communities. The dates and locations for each state are outlined below. Final reports are linked for those that are currently available.

Alabama

June 16
Auburn
Contact: Joe Sumners, Auburn University
Final Report | Abbreviated Summary

Arkansas

June 14
Little Rock
Contact: Tammy Seefeld, University of Arkansas
Final Report | Abbreviated Summary

Florida

Survey
Contact: Hank Cothran, University of Florida
Final Report | Abbreviated Summary

Georgia

May 3
Macon
Contact: John McKissick, University of Georgia
Final Report | Abbreviated Summary

Kentucky

July 19, 20, 31
Hopkinsville, Frankfort, Paintsville
Contacts: Gae Broadwater, Kentucky State University, and Lori Garkovich, University of Kentucky
Final Report | Abbreviated Summary

Louisiana

September 6
Calhoun and Winnsboro
Contact: James N. Barnes, Louisiana State University
Final Report | Abbreviated Summary

Mississippi

May 4
Oxford
Contact: Alan Barefield, Mississippi State University
Final Report | Abbreviated Summary

North Carolina

October 18
Raleigh
Contact: Ed Jones and Jim Zuiches, North Carolina State University
Final Report | Abbreviated Summary

Oklahoma

May 18
Norman
Contact: Mike Woods, Oklahoma State University
Final Report | Abbreviated Summary

South Carolina

May 9
Columbia
Contacts: Dave Lamie, Clemson University, and Louis Whitesides, South Carolina State University
Final Report | Abbreviated Summary

Tennessee

June 20, 22, 27
Jackson, Cookeville, Morristown
Contacts: George Smith and Michael Wilcox, University of Tennessee
Final Report | Abbreviated Summary

Texas

Survey
Contact: Greg Taylor, Texas A&M University
Final Report | Abbreviated Summary

Virginia

September 6
Campus of Virginia State (Petersburg)
Contacts: Crystal Tyler-Mackey, Virginia Tech, and Albert Essel, VA State
Final Report | Abbreviated Summary

West Virginia

October 11
Pipestem
Contact: Jenny Fertig, West Virginia State University
Final Report | Abbreviated Summary