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Community Foundation of Grundy County to host Craig Schroeder

MORRIS – The Community Foundation of Grundy County will host Craig Schroeder of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship at its eighth annual Grundy County Growth Conference.

The conference, “Schools, Business, and Community – Meeting Today’s Needs and Building a Pipeline for Tomorrow’s Workforce,” will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Friday at the First Christian Church, 455 W. Southmor Road in Morris.

Schroeder has been a senior fellow with the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship in Lincoln, Neb., since July 2003. He created the Youth Attraction Formula and Youth Engagement System, tools for rural leaders seeking to address chronic outmigration and attract young people to their communities, according to a news release from event organizers.

Schroeder leads the center’s work with the nationally recognized HomeTown Competitiveness, or HTC, Initiative, which integrates youth engagement, entrepreneur-focused economic development, leadership development and community-focused philanthropy in a comprehensive framework for rural community revitalization and growth.

The Friday event will focus on how Grundy County can build a strategy to deepen the relationship among students, parents, schools, business and industry, and the community as a whole.

All public schools, colleges and universities, business and industry, municipalities, students, parents and the general public are invited to attend. Contact Julie Buck at 815-941-0852 or julie@cfgrundycounty.com for more information.

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