Obama's Rural Tour

As you may have heard, President Obama has launched a "rural tour" with members of his Administration to hear from rural residents about their concerns.  This is an excellent opportunity to talk about the importance of rural health.  We highly encourage you to attend and spread the message!  See the below invitation for details on the rural health stop on the listening tour in Louisiana. The list of other stops and their topics follows. obamaYou are invited to a Community Forum on rural health with United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in St. John's Parish, Louisiana on July 20, 2009. Secretary Vilsack will be joined by Human and Health Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki as he leads the Obama Administration's Rural Tour - which is an opportunity to discuss the efforts by the Administration to rebuild and revitalize rural America. At each stop on the Rural Tour, Secretary Vilsack has been listening to local residents about how USDA can assist them, and discussing solutions to the challenges facing their communities. So please bring your thoughts, ideas and questions.  Your input and participation would be greatly appreciated. July 20, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Army National Guard Readiness Center 4120 West Airline Reserve, Louisiana There is no ticket or RSVP needed for this event.  If you have any questions, you may email [email protected] or call us at 877-85-RURAL; 877-85-78725. Be sure to check out our website WWW.RURALTOUR.GOV and share your thoughts and ideas about the tour and rural America.

Additional Stops

JULY 16TH Secretaries Ray LaHood and Tom Vilsack will travel to La Crosse, WI, to discuss rural economic development. Noon to 1:30 PM La Crosse Interstate Fairgrounds, N 4985 County Road M West Salem, Wisconsin JULY 18TH Secretaries Steven Chu and Tom Vilsack will travel to Ringgold, VA, to discuss green jobs and a new energy economy, with a focus on weatherization and carbon sequestration. Buddy Mayhew's Farm 1501 Carter Lodge Road Blairs, Virginia 24527 JULY 20TH Secretaries Kathleen Sebelius, Eric Shinseki, Hilda Solis and Tom Vilsack will travel to St. John's Parish, LA, to discuss rural healthcare. AUGUST 12TH Secretaries Steven Chu, Shaun Donovan, Arne Duncan, Ken Salazar and Tom Vilsack will travel to Bethel, AK, to discuss rural infrastructure, green jobs and a new energy economy, as well as climate change. AUGUST 16TH Secretaries Ken Salazar and Tom Vilsack will travel to Zanesville, OH, to discuss green jobs and a new energy economy, with a focus on renewable energies. AUGUST 17TH Secretaries Arne Duncan and Tom Vilsack will travel to Hamlet, NC, to discuss rural education. SEPTEMBER 28TH Secretaries Ken Salazar and Tom Vilsack will travel to Scottsbluff, NE, to discuss production agriculture. SEPTEMBER 30TH Secretaries Shaun Donovan and Tom Vilsack will travel to Las Cruces, NM, to discuss rural infrastructure.

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