Report on Rural America
(Page 8 of 8)
OSTP: On August 5, U.S. Chief Technology Officer
Aneesh Chopra visited Blacksburg
to discuss rural job creation and to hear from local entrepreneurs and business
leaders about ways we can partner to spur job growth in rural communities
across the country. Chopra toured two local startups, made remarks at an event
hosted by the Regional Technology Council, and hosted a roundtable discussion
with local entrepreneurs, business leaders, and other key stakeholders.
On July 14, Administrator Karen Mills visited a high tech business that was
named West Virginia’s
small business of the year in 2010. The business, Azimuth, Inc. located in
Fairmount, was started by a service disabled veteran with an SBA loan and grew
through SBA’s 8(a) Federal Contracting Program.
Azimuth is an impressive manufacturing company, creating rural jobs of
the future focused on protecting our borders.
It is a high technology services firm that is dedicated to quality,
innovation, and performance and is a strong advocate of teaming, actively
seeking to establish long term strategic alliances with both large and small firms.
On August 4, Secretary Vilsack held a forum at the Wisconsin State Fair with
businesses and community leaders, farmers and ranchers to explore ways federal,
state, and local officials can work together to improve economic conditions and
create jobs. The Secretary took
questions from the audience and highlighted job creation and how agricultural
trade is contributing to Wisconsin’s
On July 14, Secretary Salazar keynoted the National Wildlife System Conference,
where he addressed the Obama Administration’s commitment to working with
ranchers, farmers and other private landowners to ensure protection of large,
rural landscapes and the abundance of fish and wildlife – and announced a new
initiative that will spur these collaborative efforts through community-based
coalitions of private landowners, conservation groups, and state and federal
agencies. The Landscape Stewards program, a partnership with the National Fish
and Wildlife Foundation, will leverage up to $200,000 to support
coalition-based conservation efforts beginning next year, with each grant
matched by equal contributions from the coalition partners – part of President
Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative.
From August 15-19, Secretary Salazar will travel to the Northeastern United
States to highlight the importance of America’s outdoor economy in creating
jobs and discuss the economic value of conservation for communities across the
country, placing an emphasis on rural areas where protecting vital habitats
contributes greatly to strong local economies.
The four-state tour will take Secretary Salazar and key partners in the
Senate to Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine, and New Hampshire to meet with outdoor
stakeholders; tour the parks, refuges, and public lands that serve as
recreation destinations for tourists and travelers from around the country –
helping to create jobs in the leisure and hospitality industry; participate in
events that encourage youth to get outside and explore the great outdoors; and
visit the retail shops and outfitters that help power this key section of our
economy. The Secretary’s trip will focus
on discussions with leaders in Northeastern rural communities about creating
economic opportunities through conservation and outdoor recreation.
Page: << Previous 1
| 8 |