Bringing Back Rural America

Policies to Help Small Communities in Forgotten Places

New America Foundation
1899 L St NW, 4th Floor
Washington, DC 20036
Thursday, November 12, 2009
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Thousands of small towns in rural America are being depopulated, or hollowed out. The brightest and most ambitious young people in many communities abandon the heartland for greater challenges and rewards in cities. This is a major policy problem that has largely escaped media and political attention. What are the implications of this exodus? What trends of "smallness" can help counter it? What policies should Washington be pursuing to support small communities? Come join the New America Foundation's Workforce and Family program for a discussion of helping rural America.

featured speakers
Patrick Carr
Assistant Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University New Brunswick
Co-author, Hollowing Out the Middle

Maria Kefalas
Associate Professor of Sociology at Saint Joseph's University
Co-author, Hollowing Out the Middle

Phil Longman
Senior Research Fellow, Economic Growth Program
Research Director, Next Social Contract Initiative
New America Foundation

David Gray
Director, Workforce and Family Program
New America Foundation

For questions, contact Stephanie Gunter at (202) 596-3367 or [email protected]

For media inquiries, contact Kate Brown at (202) 596-3365 or [email protected]