May 19, 2015 Entire Region Press Release

NEWS: Global Experts Meet in Memphis to Discuss Rural Competitiveness for the 21st Century

MEMPHIS, TN, May 19, 2015 - Today, leaders from 34 countries gathered in Memphis for the 10th Annual Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Rural Development Conference [This is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website.]  to discuss international strategies to address rural development in the 21st century, including creating jobs, building infrastructure, expanding access to health care, and making diversified rural investments. The theme of this year's conference 'National Prosperity through Modern Rural Policy: Competitiveness and Well-Being in Rural Regions' engages the world's leading policy officials, international experts, and representatives from the private sector to discuss how modern policies can help rural regions reach their full economic potential, support national growth and be globally competitive.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack leads the American delegation on behalf of the Obama Administration. OECD Deputy Secretary-General Mari Kiviniemi leads the delegation from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The Conference is made possible with the support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Mexico's Secretariat for Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development. The Delta Regional Authority is providing additional support and special events for conference participants.


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