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Promoting regional assets conference set for May 13

May 10, 2009
Westfield Republican
JAMESTOWN — The Rural Learning Network of Central and Western New York (RLN) will hold a one-day conference entitled: promoting Regional Assets for Community & Economic Development, which will examine these issues from a community and economic development perspective. Public officials, non-profit agency personnel, business leaders/other decision makers and citizens are encouraged to attend. This event will be held at the Radisson Hotel, 125 Denison Parkway East, Corning, N.Y. on May 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Immediately following the conference, there will be a wine tasting featuring Steuben County Wines. This conference will engage participants to arrive at shared understandings of how different assets in the region assist and support one another. It will explore the relationship between capacity building and the promotion and development of assets. Regional assets are key building blocks in sustainable regional revitalization efforts. Assets may include a skilled workforce, vital community organizations, the resources of public, private and non-profit institutions and the physical and economic resources of localities. Among the numerous lenses through which we can view regional assets are tourism, education, entrepreneurship, arts and culture, natural resources, agriculture and history, and we emphasize these and others in this conference. This one-day informational conference is being sponsored by Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Department of Development Sociology Community and Rural Development Institute (CaRDI), Pipeline4Progress and New York State Association of Counties. “Through inter-local cooperation among rural communities, we can address problems and take advantage of opportunities to better utilize our local and regional assets in rural central and western New York,” said Joe Pillittere, CCE of Chautauqua County and a RLN Project Leader.


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