Opportunity for All: Building a Brighter Future for Rural Families

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During the 2016 Legislative Conference, NACo will be hosting a series of events focused on combating chronic rural poverty. In coordination with the White House Rural Council and the National Governors Association, these events will bring together hundreds of key stakeholders from federal, state, and local government to raise awareness of the nature and consequences of some of the biggest challenges facing rural communities, including child poverty and substance abuse. The event will also highlight evidence-informed and promising practices to ensure rural families have an opportunity to thrive.

On Monday, February 22, from 4:30pm to 5:30pm, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will moderate a roundtable discussion with a bi-partisan panel of governors to highlight key innovative approaches to rural child poverty intervention and opportunities for state and local government collaboration on combating chronic rural poverty. Governors include:

  • Hon. Tom Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Hon. Bill Haslam, Governor, State of Tennessee
  • Hon. Tom Wolf, Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Hon. Gary R. Herbert, Governor, State of Utah
  • Hon. Terry McAuliffe, Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia

On Tuesday, February 23, from 12:15pm to 3:30pm, NACo will host a rural poverty summit entitled “Opportunity for All: Building a Brighter Future for Rural Children.” This session will highlight the current state of poverty in America and examine the numerous factors contributing to chronic poverty including early childhood development, drug and substance abuse, access to healthcare and workforce training. Additionally, this session will provide a look at innovative and successful initiatives designed to combat rural poverty through multi-generational service delivery models. Special guests include:

  • Hon. Tom Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Mr. David Wilkensen, Director, White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation
  • Dr. Michael Lu, Associate Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Ms. Anne Mosle, Vice President and Executive Director, Aspen-Ascend
  • Dr. Sharon McGroder, Program Director for Human Services, National Governors Association
  • Dr. Beth Mattingly, Director of Research on Vulnerable Families, University of New Hampshire
  • Ms. Amy New, Assistant Commissioner for Rural Economic Development, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
  • Dr. John Warne, Director, Graduate School of Public Health, North Dakota State
  • Ms. Audrey Rowe, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service, United States Department of Agriculture


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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