Heitkamp holds rural economic development meeting
WASHINGTON — North Dakota’s U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp led a hearing Thursday on rural economic development.
U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Doug O’Brien and Native American Natural Foods CEO Mark Tilson also spoke at the hearing.
“Growing up in a very small community, I have a keen understanding of how challenging it is to build and maintain economic opportunities in rural America,” Heitkamp said in the release. “This perspective helped guide my efforts to write and pass a long-term Farm Bill, and now I’m making sure these programs work for North Dakota. By building on the strengths in rural communities, we can target initiatives that will best support economic development.”