Concurrent Session: Changing Faces, Changing Places: Demographic Shifts in Small Towns and Rural Regions

Posted on: November 10th, 2015 by Brett Schwartz

Regions across rural America are experiencing demographic shifts that are impacting communities in a variety of ways.  Youth outmigration, aging residents, the arrival of new immigrant populations, and in some places the in-migration of young families are changing the face of rural and small towns.  At this session at NADO’s 2015 Annual Training Conference, participants learned how how regional development organizations are working with their local partners in addressing the changing demographics in their regions, and the challenges and opportunities these new trends bring.


  • Danna Stansbury, Deputy Executive Director, Land of Sky Regional Council, Asheville, NC
  • Jay Trusty, Executive Director, Southwest Regional Development Commission, Slayton, MN
  • Chris Turley, Director of Workforce Services, Bluegrass Area Development District, Lexington, KY


  • Jamie Wright, Deputy Director, East Arkansas Planning and Development District, Jonesboro, AR

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