It was just confirmed last night, FoodHub’s own Deborah Kane has been invited to The White House (!) next week as a “Champion of Change”. She will be representing the interests of rural agriculture in the FoodHub region at a roundtable discussion hosted by a newly established entity, The White House Rural Council.
As we first mentioned in this FoodHub blog post a couple of weeks ago, on June 9th President Obama established the Council, the mission of which is to, “promote economic prosperity and quality of life in rural America.” According to this press release, the council’s activities in the coming weeks and months will focus on job creation and economic development by increasing the flow of capital to rural areas and promoting innovation, among other tactics.
Our question to you is, what do you want Deborah to tell The White House?
Deborah wants to get on the plane to DC Tuesday armed with a full slate of ideas, innovations and creative thinking going on in the rural areas of our region so that she can highlight and elevate them, and the people and organizations working on them, as possible solutions to meet the challenges facing rural America.
Obviously there isn’t much time, and the holiday weekend is almost upon us. To share your thoughts and work, please do one of three things:
- Comment on this blog post or on FoodHub’s Facebook page (best for short commentary on key priorities and/or links to projects).
- Answer two key questions on this survey (room for longer comments and explanations).
- Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (please keep any attachments under 2MB).
Deborah and the FoodHub team will comb through all the input and summarize key themes and great ideas to share at the roundtable in Washington on Wednesday. Obviously not every good idea will get discussed that day, but will be provided directly to the leadership of the USDA, and we will post a summary so that all the input and ideas are shared within the region.
We will also of course post pictures and stories when Deborah gets back!