Know Your Region workshop set for June 10 in Winnsboro

Mary Ann Van Osdell, Pilcher, Dr. Cynthia F.

News Release Distributed 05/18/09

A workshop for economic development professionals, elected officials and community leaders will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 10 at the LSU AgCenter’s Scott Research and Extension Center in Winnsboro.

The Know Your Region workshop will focus on the concept of regionalism as a means of promoting economic development, said Dr. Cynthia Pilcher, LSU AgCenter community rural development agent and one of the instructors.

Economic and community development traditionally has been approached from a parish standpoint, Pilcher said.

“This point of view doesn’t take into account the many ways parishes are linked by such factors as transportation systems and the need for regions to pool their resources and assets as they promote economic development,” she said.

Pilcher said the workshop is “an additional opportunity or project of the Louisiana Delta Initiative.”

The Louisiana Delta Initiative focuses on education, health care, jobs and entrepreneurship, infrastructure and Internet connectivity in a 12-parish area that includes Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Franklin, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Pointe Coupee, Richland, Tensas and West Carroll parishes

The LSU AgCenter and Southern University Ag Center have led the development of the initiative in collaboration with existing economic development groups in the region, Pilcher said.

The June 10 workshop is funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration. It is free, but space is limited. Individuals may register by calling 318-435-2903.

Pilcher will be joined in leading the workshop by Dr. Alan Barefield, associate director of the Southern Rural Development Center headquartered at Mississippi State University.

Mary Ann Van Osdell

5/18/2009 11:26:38 PM
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