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Strengthening Rural-Urban Connections to Support Competitive Regions

When: 7/24/2014
Where: Webinar

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Thursday, July 24
2-3:15 ET / 1-2:15 CT

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Brian Dabson,
Associate Dean and Research Professor, Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs and Director of theInstitute of Public Policyat the University of Missouri

Paula Downs,
Project Director,South Central Kansas Prosperity Plan(Wichita, KS)

Chad Coburn, Manager,Prosperous Places Program, Capital Area Council of Governments (Austin, TX)



Brett Schwartz, Program Manager, National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation








Strengthening Rural-Urban Connections to Support Competitive Regions



Though geography, politics, and demographics often result in "rural" and "urban" communities being thought of as distinct and unrelated places, current economic and social realities reveal that an effective framework for understanding urban and rural is through a prism of interdependence and linkages.Economic and workforce development, food production and distribution, energy, transportation, recreation, and other sectors demonstrate that regionalism can strengthen outcomes for residents and businesses in both cities and small towns.

Brian Dabson of the University of Missouri has written:"No bright lines separate the two types of areas, either geographically or economically.If metropolitan America is to drive national prosperity, metropolitan areas will need a healthy and sustainable rural economy and culture.Likewise, if rural America is to flourish, it will surely depend upon vibrant, well-functioning cities and suburbs."

Join the NADO Research Foundation on Thursday, July 24 from 2-3:15 ET/1-2:15 CT for a webinar discussion about strategies to improve rural-urban linkages and promoting regional efforts.Brian Dabson will provide both a theoretical and practical approach to rural-urban linkages.His remarks will be followed by examples of on-the-ground efforts underway in the Wichita, Kansas and Austin, Texas regions.

NADO has applied for 1.25 AICP CM credits from the APA.This webinar is supported through a grant from HUD.Questions?E-mail Brett Schwartz at




Don't miss our next webinar, "The Regional Development Organization's Role in Disaster Recovery" on August 12.