Indianapolis — The 2010 Rural Summit conference was held November 18 and 19 to provide Hoosier leaders and citizens an opportunity to learn and to collectively discuss creative ways to tackle development challenges facing our rural communities. The summit brought together Indiana’s rural leaders and citizens to develop creative ways of advancing the state’s rural communities.

Attendees learned about:

Regional Frameworks
Rural Capacity Building/Resiliency
Energy and the Environment
Agriculture, Local Foods, and Food Safety

Featured speakers included:

Lt. Governor Becky Skillman Indiana Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development

Charles Fluharty President and CEO, Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) and Associate Director and Research Professor, Truman School of Public Affairs

Ed Morrison Economic Policy Advisor, Purdue Center for Regional Development

Dave Ivan State Specialist, Michigan State University Extension

Jay Walters, President, FairWinds Advisors