10/22/10 Marshall County residents are invited to a public conversation about a critical issue—building community and economic development strategies—on November 17 at Swan Lake Resort.  The one-day event is part of the Community Conversations series, convened with support from the Indiana Humanities Council and the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University. Marshall County was one of eight regions selected.

National, state and local experts in community and economic development will share emerging trends and opportunities to benefit rural counties. The event will feature a keynote address by Richard Longworth, author of Caught in the Middle: America’s Heartland in the Age of Globalism.  A free copy of Longworth’s book will be provided to the first fifty (50) people who register to attend.

The morning session will be titled “Turn on the Lights,” and encourage Marshall County residents to think strategically about long-term opportunities for the region. The afternoon session, called, “Connecting the Grid,” will discuss connections to neighboring counties, states and the world. The event will feature several breakout sessions to maximize discussion among participants.

There is a $15 registration fee for the day, which includes program materials and lunch..  To register, call the Marshall County Community Foundation at 574-935-5159, visit www.marshallcountycf.org or e-mail jgoepfrich@marshallcountycf.org by November 12.

The cost of the speakers, planning and promotion will be covered by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs, the Indiana Humanities Council. After the meeting, the Bowen Center for Public Affairs will provide additional consultation as needed.