I have had the distinct pleasure of working as the newsletter editor for this amazing group for nearly four years already! NREDA is the leading professional development resource for rural America.
I am not only excited to see all my development-professional friends again this year, but I am particularly interested in the sessions and discussions that will transpire as a result of the exceptional expertise presented by some outstanding speakers! I will be attending a session about REDL&G, Volunteer Boards, Workforce and Housing in Rural Markets, Managing Risk in Entrepreneurship & Economic Development along with some great keynote messages. Chris Kuehl will share Global Intelligence for Rural competitiveness; Judith Canales, is focusing on SMART Communities Getting Connected; a presentation on Smart Communities Initiative will be shared; a session on Social media; and Ben Winchester will share Rewriting the Rural Narrative (retention/attraction).
It is always enjoyable to visit a new place and take in the sites, sounds and tastes of their culture. We are staying at the historic Driskill Hotel (see pic on right) in downtown Austin, so it ought to be an amazing week! Although I will be there in my official newsletter editor capacity, I am certain I will enjoy many laughs, learn a great deal, make new friends and meet new contacts and even relax and enjoy myself just a little. I'll share highlights from the week upon my return!