Using Education for Rural Development

Rural communities in the South continue to face serious challenges in getting highly educated students to return home after college graduation. Research indicates that education may be a cause and effect for this rural “brain drain” phenomenon, and also the key to reversing the trend. Studies have shown that efforts to improve rural education contribute to rapid economic development in those areas, while a more educated community can serve as a catalyst for business expansion and increased civic engagement. This complimentary webinar, presented by CSG South/SLC, highlights the impact of education on rural development and examines initiatives in rural communities to entice educated former residents to return and invest in their hometowns.


Using Education for Rural Development
Presented by CSG South/SLC
Thursday, June 18, 2 p.m. EDT



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Alexander Marré
Research agricultural economist
U.S. Department of Agriculture


Drew Jacobs 
Director of data and research
State Collaborative on Reforming Education, Tennessee


Brad Mitchell
Senior director, Ohio Appalachian Collaborative
Battelle for Kids, Ohio


Nancy Dishner
President and CEO, Niswonger Foundation