The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will be conducting a StrikeForce forum for Calhoun and Roane Counties on Tuesday, July 29.
Calhoun and Roane County residents and leaders are encouraged to attend the forum which will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Arnoldsburg Community Center.
In 2010, USDA launched the StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity as an effort to leverage partnerships in poverty-stricken rural areas to ensure that every community has equal access to USDA programs.
USDA partners with rural communities and regions on locally-supported projects. USDA takes steps, in partnership with the community, to provide technical assistance and explanation as needed to ensure that communities can fully access USDA programs.
Attendees will participate in a community discussion which will identify the needs, barriers and opportunities for increasing opportunities in the region. USDA, State and Local organizations representatives will assess if programs and/or partnerships can address the community’s needs.
The forum is hosted by the USDA, in partnership with other federal, state and local organizations. These organizations will have program information available for attendees. The forum will include refreshments and door prizes and is expected to conclude by noon.