Extension Hosts Urban-Rural Interface Conference
AL – March 8, 2002 – The Alabama Cooperative Extension
System’s Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs unit will
sponsor its Urban-Rural Interface Conference Thurs., April 18. The
annual conference will be held at the Dawson Building on the Alabama
A&M University campus from 8:30 am to 3 pm. This year’s theme
is "Educating Communities to Respond to Urban-Rural Interface
As rural farmlands give
way to urban environs, events like the Urban-Rural Interface
Conference provide a platform to educate citizens on issues where
these geographic areas and populations overlap or share common
boundaries. Educators and other professionals are aware of how
important it is to have a strong rural component and a viable urban
"We see the
Urban-Rural Interface Conference as another avenue to share and
exchange information on issues that are important to individuals
living in both rural and urban communities. This moves Extension one
step closer to realizing our vision of serving the needs of all
people across the state," says Extension State Program Leader
Dr. Jannie Carter.
This year’s event,
under the leadership of Extension Community Resource Development
Specialist Dr. Dony Gapasin, will feature a keynote speaker,
seminars, a panel discussion, and exhibits. Participants will engage
in discussions about the economic impact of expansion on urban and
rural communities, establishing homeland security partnerships to
protect our natural resources, and other stimulating topics.
will not only help to educate Alabama citizens about critical
issues, but it will help them form important partnerships to respond
more effectively to challenges they face daily," says Dr.
representatives from public and private organizations, community
leaders, educators, students, service providers and consumers are
invited to attend.
Registration is $10.00.
For more information, contact Dr. Dony Gapasin at (256) 858-4965 or
(256) 851-5710, Fax: (256) 851-5840.
If you want to learn
more about the interface of urban/rural communities, be sure to
catch the April issue of Metro News (www.aces.edu/urban/metronews)
online April 5.
Source: Dr. Dony Gapasin,
Extension CRD Specialist and Dr. Jannie Carter, State Program
Leader, Alabama Cooperative Extension System, (256) 858-4965 and
(256) 858-4943, respectively.