Issues impacting rural Atlantic Canada are complicated and not easily solved, but that does not mean we should not discuss them. Our region needs a frank discussion, free from government control, about what small communities need to succeed. We also need a platform to share our many local successes with others throughout Atlantic Canada and beyond.
The Georgetown Conference, Redefining Rural is such a platform. Georgetown is a conference about ideas and success but it will not shy away from the difficult issues we face: What role should government play? How do immigrants perceive their rural experience and what can rural communities do to make that experience more welcoming? How do we grow our economies beyond traditional industries? How do we attract and keep young adults in an era when many see the future in Western Canada? What opportunities exist within our aging demographic?