Posted by: FBRuralDevelopment | 08/22/2013

2013 Rural Futures Conference Invitation

Rural Futures Inst logoDear Friends and Colleagues….

Do you have a passion for building strong and resilient rural communities? Do you think about the future and what is in store for rural people and places? If so, join us on November 3-5, 2013 at The Cornhusker, A Marriott Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska for the 2013 Rural Futures Conference and participate in the dialogues around these very issues.

The theme for the 2013 Rural Futures Conference is Beyond Boundaries, which encourages all of us to step beyond our boundaries and work together to create positive rural futures. While moving beyond boundaries can be challenging and even ominous, it also offers a unique opportunity to implement a foundation of collaboration that can impact the future of rural people and places. The upcoming conference will celebrate the importance of rural, and create energy and enthusiasm for new and innovative ways to address complex opportunities and challenges.  From University faculty, staff and students to community citizens and organizational partners, don’t miss the opportunity to transcend boundaries and collaboratively make a difference.

There are several opportunities for you and your colleagues to contribute to the formal program and content of the 2013 Rural Futures Conference. I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities by sharing your knowledge and expertise and to help explore new ideas, discover synergies, and facilitate partnerships. Those who are selected to be part of the conference program will be rewarded in various ways, including cash prizes for graduate and undergraduate students.

Please consider being involved with one or more of these opportunities and encourage others to become involved as well.

Quick Pitch Spotlight: Conference participants rapid fire their “big idea” for rural people and places.

Community Questions: Communities of place or interest pose questions that stimulate collaboration and potential research opportunities.

Faculty and Partner Poster Session: Participants display current work or research relevant to the rural futures.

Undergraduate and Graduate Poster Competition: Students display rural focused projects and research findings.

Finally, please forward to others in your networks—faculty, students and communities and organizations—who you think may be interested in contributing to the content of the conference….or simply attending the conference. Thank you. Sam

P.S. If you detailed questions about the five opportunities noted above, contact Kayla Schnuelle: KSCHNUELLE2@unl.edu (402) 322-0233

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