This is the 2nd year I’ve attended the ROC and I enjoyed it this year as much as the first year. Governor Brownback has an impressive way of setting the tone for the entire conference. He is a true believer in rural Kansas and has demonstrated his commitment to rural America by introducing the Rural Opportunity Zones, of which LSTA is excited to be a part. His letter to conference participants resonates with my ideals for sustaining rural Kansas, and America.
“There’s no doubt that rural Kansas has faced some serious challenges in recent years, from declining populations to communities facing the loss of businesses and young talent. However, I am confident that the fortunes of rural Kansas are changing in a positive way. The state has become the No. 1 location in the nation for wind farms under construction, which has helped bring jobs and investment to rural Kansas. The state could see another oil and gas boom, much of it taking place in rural areas. Rural Opportunity Zones are attracting young, talented professionals from all over the country to our small communities. Major tax relief enacted earlier this year will spur small business growth and put more money back into the hands of Kansans.”
Kansas is doing some amazing things for our rural communities and I believe we have a very bright future. We can all make a difference in our small towns, even if it’s one tiny step at a time. As our slogan goes:
Take Part. Make a Difference.
Nicole Godek, CEO of Love Small Town America, attended the Rural Opportunities Conference Nov. 7-8, 2012 in Junction City, Kansas.