ERIC Number: ED110256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May-27
Reference Count: 0
Toward a Platform for Rural America. Report of the National Conference on Rural America (1st, Washington, D.C., April 14-17, 1975).
Rural Housing Alliance, Washington, DC.; Rural America, Inc., Washington, DC.
A distillation of hundreds of speeches, working papers, panel sessions, informal discussions, and formal resolutions, this report is derived from the First National Conference on Rural America (April 1975) and reflects emergence of a rural political platform. Attended by approximately 1,500 people from 49 States, Puerto Rico, and Canada, the conference was divided into 12 basic subject areas, which constitute the following major report divisions: (1) Self-Government in Rural America; (2) Rural Poverty; (3) Land, Resources, and People; (4) Rural Health; (5) Agricultural Production; (6) Employment, Jobs, and Training; (7) Housing and Community Development; (8) Energy and Rural People; (9) Public Education; (10) Rural Economic Development; (11) Rural Public Transportation; (12) Rural Justice and Legal Assistance. Major themes found interwoven among these 12 areas of concern are identified as follows: (1) the belief that sooner or later everyone will move to the cities and live happily ever after is "factually false and morally offensive"; (2) a new national policy is needed which recognizes the right of people to live where they choose and is sensitive to the survival of rural America; (3) Congress must redress long-standing rural inequities; (4) solutions to rural problems must be "rural" solutions; (5) to avoid the urban emphasis in national planning, rural "desks" should be established in appropriate Federal agencies. (JC)
Descriptors: Community Development, Conference Reports, Economic Development, Economically Disadvantaged, Education, Employment, Energy, Futures (of Society), Health, Land Use, Legal Aid, Local Government, Natural Resources, Policy Formation, Political Issues, Rural Development, Transportation
Rural America, Inc., & Rural Housing Alliance, 1346 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 (1-10 copies $2.50; 11-49 copies $2.25; 50 or more copies $1.75 plus 10 percent handling)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rural Housing Alliance, Washington, DC.; Rural America, Inc., Washington, DC.