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Building a Stronger Rural Texas: 2019 Texas Rural Challenge Conference Recap

Bowling Green, KY. (June 20, 2019) – On Monday June 18th, the Texas Rural Challenge held its 10th annual conference in New Braunfels, Texas. During this two-day event rural leaders, state and federal officers, and community members came together to explore new ideas and discuss economic development, community development, and rural issues in Texas.

This conference had a combination of breakout sessions, networking, and key note speakers. Some of the speakers included U.S. Congressman Hon. Michael Screenshot 30 224x300Conaway, Texas Rural Funders Collaborative team member Rick Rhodes, and Victoria Cappadona, the owner of Cappadona ranch.

Also in attendance was Connected Nation's Vice President of Development and Planning, Chris Pedersen. Chris was representing Connected Nation and the new Connected Texas Program.

“Access to broadband is critical for the well-being of rural communities. This sentiment was echoed at this year’s Texas Rural Challenge event. With the launch of Connected Texas, we’re focused on getting good data in decision-makers hands, helping people learn about the benefits of broadband, and understanding the obstacles and opportunities for expanding access to rural Texans,” said Pedersen.

Connected Texas, a local subsidiary of Connected Nation, is an independent, public and private initiative working to ensure that all can experience the benefits of broadband.

Screenshot 32 223x300“We want to empower Texas leaders—at the local and state level—with a neutral resource center and clearinghouse for broadband information,” said Pedersen. “This can help inform everything from infrastructure planning to economic development.”

Want to learn more about the Texas Rural Challenge Conference? Check out their website here.