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MEDIA ADVISORY: The Virginia Rural Center To Host The Governor’s Summit On Rural Prosperity

Media invited to attend sold-out summit featuring keynote address from Governor Northam, panel discussions and more.

RICHMOND, VA – Media members are invited to attend the annual Governor’s Summit on Rural Prosperity, hosted by the Virginia Rural Center on October 21-22 in Staunton.

The summit will feature a keynote address by Governor Ralph Northam, panel discussions on rural economic development and workforce development, and remarks from multiple members of the Governor’s cabinet.

Attendees will also learn about the latest in rural broadband innovations from the Governor’s Chief Broadband Advisor, Evan Feinman and will get an update on the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Plan from the Honorable Shannon Valentine, Virginia Secretary of Transportation.

Activities commence with an evening welcome reception on Sunday, October 21 with an address from the Honorable Brian Ball, Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade.

Economic development officials, elected officials, business and community leaders, local government officials, trade organizations and policymakers from across the Commonwealth will be in attendance.

Throughout the event, presenters will discuss innovations in broadband connectivity, state economic development initiatives, regional asset development and entrepreneurship, and innovative workforce solutions.

The summit takes place at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel located at 24 South Market Street in Staunton, Virginia. Media are invited to attend all or some of the summit.

Press releases and photography from panel discussions and keynote addresses will be available throughout the event.

The full agenda can be viewed here:

RSVP to Brian Harris or 804-815-8377. Please note what portions of the summit you plan to attend and any requirements for filing stories from the summit.

For more information about this event, visit


The Virginia Rural Center is a collaborative partnership of the Center for Rural Virginia and the Council for Rural Virginia, which work together on a joint mission to work with policymakers and stakeholders to create innovative solutions and expand entrepreneurial opportunities to ensure economic prosperity for all regions in the Commonwealth. The creation of the Center was a recommendation of the Rural Prosperity Commission, created by the General Assembly in 2000. Learn more about the Center and Council at

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