I read this morning an article about a rural school system dropping vocational agricultural classes due to budget cuts. Agriculture continues to be a major industry for rural areas. However, the first thing that I thought about was how much vocational agriculture classes, the FFA and 4-H Clubs have contributed to developing rural leadership capacity. I think a lot of us recognize a shortage of rural leadership capacity and I fear opportunities to develop leadership skills in our youth and young adults are deficient.
… it’s probably here somewhere
Daryl Phillips, CEcD, EDFP
I work as an economic developer consulting with communities and companies developing locations, building communities and identifying and developing workforce. However, my opinions on this blog are free and my own, as is the blog itself.
I am a member of International Economic Development Council, Southern Economic Development Council, Tennessee Economic Development Council and International Council of Shopping Centers.
I have earned over 20 years experience in economic and workforce development. I have earned and maintain the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from National Development Council. I have earned a Master of Business Administration from Tennessee Technological University.
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