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USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe to Visit North Carolina, Discuss Obama Administration’s Efforts to Strengthen the Rural Economy

Release Date: 11/16/2011
Contact Information: Davina Marraccini, (404) 562-8293,

(Atlanta, Ga. – Nov. 16, 2011) – On Thursday, Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe will visit North Carolina to host a White House Rural Council roundtable with local officials, agricultural producers, businesses and community groups to discuss opportunities for rural America in the American Jobs Act and the Partnership for Sustainable Communities. The Deputies will talk about their work to strengthen rural economies and put people back to work.

During their visit, Deputy Secretary Merrigan and Deputy Administrator Perciasepe will release a new report from the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities in collaboration with USDA, highlighting the Administration’s support for small towns and rural communities as they work to create jobs and promote sustainable, homegrown economic development.

The Partnership for Sustainable Communities works to coordinate federal housing, transportation, water, and other infrastructure investments to make neighborhoods more prosperous, allow people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution.

WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 2011

      1:45 p.m. EST

WHAT: EPA Deputy Administrator Perciasepe and Agriculture Deputy Secretary Merrigan will hold a press event to release the Partnership for Sustainable Communities new report, “Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities” and discuss efforts to strengthen the rural economy.

WHERE: Brevard College Porter Center
      1 Brevard College Drive
      Brevard, N.C.