John Edwards To Visit Carsey Institute Sept. 27
By Lori Wright, Media Relations
September 26, 2007
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards will visit the Carsey
Institute Thursday, Sept. 27, to discuss new policy developments in his
Rural Recovery Act.
Edwards will join Mil Duncan of the Carsey Institute for a roundtable
discussion with a panel of experts who will talk about the issues facing
rural communities. The event, which is the first leg of John Edwards'
Economic Fairness Tour, is open to the public.
“Rural America is experiencing profound economic, demographic
and environmental changes, and we need thoughtful policy and renewed
investment in rural communities,” said Duncan, director of the
“In some areas, retiring baby boomers and footloose professionals
are enjoying life in small towns rich with natural amenities. Other rural
areas are seeing significant out-migration following declines in traditional
industries such as agriculture, timber, mining or low skill manufacturing.
And in chronically poor areas such as the Delta, Appalachia, the Southwest
and Indian Country, communities struggle to overcome decades of underinvestment
that have left a legacy of low education and broken civic institutions,” she
The event begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Carsey Institute, Huddleston Hall
Great Room, with a musical welcome by Grammy-winning musician Ralph Stanley
II and the IBMA award-winning Bluegrass Brothers, and former Democratic
Congressman Ben Jones, who played Cooter on the "Dukes of Hazzard." Doors
open at noon.
For information on the Carsey Institute, visit http://carseyinstitute.unh.edu/.