MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 21, 2015 – Today, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Deputy Secretary-General Mari Kiviniemi released a joint statement outlining three major themes guiding rural economic development policies.
The statement was issued at the conclusion of the three-day, 10th Annual OECD Rural Development Conference, titled, National Prosperity through Modern Rural Policy: Competitiveness and Well-Being in Rural Regions.
The major themes guiding rural economic development policies include:
The full statement is available on the OECD website.
The Obama Administration is committed to comprehensive and long-lasting rural development. Last month, the White House Rural Council, chaired by Secretary Vilsack, launched 'Rural Impact', a coordinated effort across federal agencies to strengthen rural economies by supporting children and their families. In parallel to the OECD Conference in Memphis, the Obama Administration released a new report, Opportunities for All: Fighting Rural Child Poverty, examining poverty in rural areas, discussing the positive impact of safety net programs on reducing rural poverty, and highlighting the Administration's efforts and proposals to reduce poverty and promote opportunity in rural communities.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is the global economic policy forum providing analysis and advice to both its 34 member governments and countries worldwide, and dedicated to promoting better policies for better lives.
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