ONEONTA – Not only did the USDA assistant secretary for Rural Development learn about Upstate declining population at her visit to Hartwick College this morning, she got a sense of the impacts.
In her opening remarks, Hartwick President Margaret L. Drugovich reported a 17 percent decline in high school graduates between 2009 and 2017, and some predictions of “another 4-8 percent in the next 15 years,” a challenge for Upstate liberal arts colleges.
“These are the kind of things on my mind when we think about economic development,” said Drugovich, economic development being one of the topic when Anne Hazlett, the USDA official charged with rural development, convened a two-hour forum of a dozen community leaders in Shineman Chapel.
ONEONTA – The USDA assistant secretary for rural development, Anne Hazlett, will join Congressman John Faso, R-19, and a panel of local VIPs on a panel at a Rural Prosperity Forum 9-11 a.m. tomorrow (Friday) at Hartwick College’s Shineman Chapel House.
The roundtable will serve as an opportunity to discuss partnerships that have been developed to overcome challenges in rural areas and explore best practices to build and support community economic development.
The public is welcome to attend. For seating purposes, RSVP to Lisa Iannello at 607-431-4061 or IannelloL@hartwick.edu