News Release
Release No.STELPRD4016178
ContactElonzo Kitchings(803) 765-5163
Columbia, SC, Aug 23, 2011 --

@@U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Regional Administrator (Southeast Region) Cassius Butts, joined by U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Regional Administrator Southeast Region, Shyam K. Reddy, both of Atlanta, GA, recently met with a select group of business owners and rural community leaders to get their input on improving economic conditions and creating jobs. The meeting is part of a series of rural roundtables that are being held across the country this summer with senior Obama Administration officials on behalf of the White House Rural Council.

Vernita F. Dore, Rural Development State Director and Elliott Cooper , District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration organized the event which was held at the Clemson Institute for Economic Development in Columbia, SC.

“We are here today to make sure that rural citizens are aware of the resources the government has to provide in rural communities and we would like to hear directly from business leaders about your ideas or concerns on how to grow and improve the economy in South Carolina” said Dore.

Cooper added “We ask you to be candid in providing your answers and to tell us what you think USDA, SBA, GSA and other federal agencies can do to help develop more rural communities.”

The meeting was moderated by Mr. Butts and assisted by Mr. Reddy. “I am here on behalf of the Administration and the President has set forth some initiatives to improve the economy and get people back to work,” Butts said.

In June, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the first White House Rural Council, chaired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The Council will work throughout government to create policies to promote economic prosperity and a high quality of life in our rural communities.

Since taking office, President Obama's Administration has taken significant steps to improve the lives of rural Americans and has provided broad support for rural communities. The Obama Administration has set goals of modernizing infrastructure by providing broadband access to 10 million Americans, expanding educational opportunities for students in rural areas, and providing affordable health care. In the long term, these unparalleled rural investments will help ensure that America's rural communities are repopulating, self-sustaining and thriving economically.


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