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USDA to hold roundtable on jobs, economic growth at FMU

FLORENCE – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development and Farm Service Agency’s South Carolina offices will host a roundtable discussion on jobs and economic growth at Francis Marion University

The forum, which is free and open to the public, will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. in McNair Science Building’s Chapman Auditorium. 

A follow-up to the Forum on Jobs and Economic Growth that President Barack Obama hosted on Dec. 3, sponsors aim to give Pee Dee area residents and business owners an opportunity to discuss ways to accelerate job growth in rural America. The President has asked his Cabinet to gather ideas from local communities on ways to grow the economy and put Americans back to work. The ideas collected at this job forum will be presented to President Obama this month. 

The primary focus will be on ideas to accelerate job growth in rural America. Some of the topics to be discussed are:

· Exploring ways to rejuvenate and promote local businesses;

· Creating jobs by rebuilding America’s infrastructure;

· Creating new opportunities from existing ones, such as with value-added agricultural products;

· Supporting job growth among small businesses; and · Preparing workers for 21st century jobs. 

On hand to respond to questions will be USDA Rural Development State Director Vernita F. Dore and USDA Farm Service Agency Executive Director Laurie C. Lawson. 

For additional information, contact FMU’s Vice President for Public and Community Affairs Darryl Bridges at (843) 661-1332, RD’s Public Information Coordinator Marlous Black at (803) 253-3725 or FSA’s Communications Coordinator Mack Eubanks at (803) 806-3856. 

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Last Published: January 26, 2010 9:10 AM
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