Regional development

10th OECD Rural Development Conference




The OECD Rural Development Policy Conference, National Prosperity through Modern Rural Policy: Competitiveness and well-being in rural regions took place on 19–21 May, 2015 in Memphis, United States. 

The conference was hosted by the White House Rural Council with the support of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Mexico’s Secretariat for Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development. 


This conference marked the 10th meeting of the world’s leading policy officials, international experts and representatives from the private sector for discussing best practices for rural areas. This meeting took stock of the evolution and progress made in rural development since the first conference held in 2002. 

Who attends?

The conference gathered together a wide range of leading international and national experts on rural development. Building upon the New Rural Paradigm framework; Promoting Growth in all Regions; and Rural-Urban Partnerships, policy makers and high-level officials both from OECD and non-OECD countries discussed modern rural policies, and how the implementation of such policies contributes to national growth and well-being. 


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Conference sponsors

The OECD would like to warmly thank the following partners for their support to the conference:

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