​First of Five Made in Rural America Regional Forums Open for Registration

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On June 4, The first "Made in Rural America" Regional Forum will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in the Southpointe Business Park in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. This forum is the first of five regional forums that are part of the White House's Made in Rural America Exporting Initiative, which aims to bolster rural exports to spur rural economic development. The initiative in conjunction with NACo, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. Department of Commerce, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Delta Regional Authority will utilize regional forums to highlight the role that exports can play in helping rural businesses access new opportunities and in helping rural communities add jobs and ensure long-term sustainable growth.

The first regional forum will help rural businesses identify growth opportunities by finding new customers overseas or by selling more to their existing international customers. The full-day forum hosted by the Appalachian Regional Commission will highlight federal, state, and local resources to help rural businesses and community leaders take advantage of export opportunities and access new customers and markets abroad. More information on the Made in Rural America initiative is available here .

Forum attendees will hear from experienced local exporters and from local, state, and federal organizations about resources and opportunities to help rural companies meet their export objectives. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, chair of the White House Rural Council, is invited to speak , along with Doug McKalip, Senior Policy Advisor for Rural Affairs for the White House Domestic Policy Council and ARC Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl.

The program also includes a panel discussion of public officials representing various levels of government and business interests beginning at 1:00pm EDT. Two NACo members Commissioner William McCarrier, Butler County, Pa. and Commissioner Joe Spanik, Beaver County, Pa. will serve on the public official panel. This session will showcase successful rural exporting operations and examine hurdles associated with rural exporting. As a key stakeholder, NACo will continue to work with the council to craft other regional forums throughout the nation.

The event is free and will include lunch, but registration is required. To register for the forum, click here . If you have any questions, please contact ARC at .

Contact: Arthur Scott at or 202.942.4230

About Arthur Scott (Full Bio)

Associate Legislative Director – Political Outreach Manager

Arthur Scott serves as Associate Legislative Director for NACo’s Agriculture and Rural Affairs portfolio, lobbying on a broad range of issues facing rural counties. Arthur also serves as Political Outreach Manager for NACo developing and leveraging strategic partnerships to help address key county priorities in Congress and the Administration.

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