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Delta Center for Economic Development forms
Global Rural Network
Nov. 4, 2008 --
Arkansas State University’s Delta Center for Economic
Development (DCED) has initiated a new project called the Global Rural
Network (GRN) with the first meeting of the GRN’s “Delta Node” scheduled
Thursday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Mockingbird Room of the
Rick Smyre, president of
Communities of the Future (COTF), along with DCED staff members,
will conduct an interactive seminar on the concepts of the Global Rural
Network, including how “futures” thinking and learning can improve work
in rural areas. The seminar is also open to ASU faculty, staff, and
students. There is no cost to attend the meeting.
“Our first step is to bring together interested individuals in the
midsouth Delta region who would like to be at the cutting edge of
‘futures thinking’ and ‘transformational leadership’ for rural areas as
a part of the Global Rural Network,” said Jerry Smith, Director of the
Economic Development Association (EDA) University Center.
The GRN is a higher level networking experience in conjunction with the
COTF. The focus of the GRN is to develop networks of rural leaders to
identify trends and weak signals in areas of a changing society and
understand how they will impact rural areas and help leaders understand
the change of fundamental principles for economic development.
The Global Rural Network was born out of a two-year collaborative effort
between ASU and the North Carolina Center for Rural Economic Development
in Raleigh, N.C. Developing a new approach for leadership and economic
development that can help complete transforming economy and society in
rural areas evolved in the GRN concept.
“Over the next three years, it is our intent to introduce and develop
‘futures learning’ skills and coach leaders on how to apply these new
ideas and skills for community transformation in the Delta region of
Arkansas,” Smith continued.
For more information, contact Smith at 870-972-3000 or e-mail