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CST Presents 2014 Symposium on Small Towns

Posted by Center for Small Towns on Monday, Mar. 10, 2014

Event Date/Time: Wednesday, Jun. 4, 2014
End Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 5, 2014
Location: Morris Campus

The University of Minnesota, Morris Center for Small Towns (CST) announces its 2014 Symposium on Small Towns, “Understanding Rural Migration: Myths, Trends, and Opportunities Exposed,” which will be held June 4–5 on the Morris campus. The symposium will address the changing realities of small communities and debunk myths surrounding migration to and from small towns. The conference, spanning two days, will provide a diverse mix of breakout sessions, keynote speakers, and discussions.

The symposium is built on a core set of goals including, and most importantly, improving the dialogue surrounding migration to and from rural areas and developing comprehensive strategies for recruitment to rural areas. The conference aims to help reshape and update the rural narrative as well as equip attendees with the skills to better understand the narratives that exist in their own communities.

The conversation will also address retaining rural populations and how to create strategies that best enable rural retention. Attendees will be able to network and discuss strategies they have utilized in their home communities and better create and solidify a network of engaged and empowered rural leaders and developers.

The symposium is made possible with support from the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, the South Dakota State University Department of Sociology and Rural Development, the University of Nebraska Rural Futures Institute, the University of Minnesota Extension, the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, and the University of Minnesota, Morris.

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CST is a community outreach program that serves as a point-of-entry to the resources of the University of Minnesota. Small towns, local units of government, k–12 schools, nonprofit organizations, and other University units are able to utilize CST’s resources as they work on rural issues or make contributions to rural society. Its mission is to focus the University’s attention and marshal its resources toward assisting Minnesota’s small towns with locally identified issues by creating applied learning opportunities for faculty and students.