Sue Noble, Executive Director at the Vernon Economic Development Association in southwest Wisconsin, attended a meeting at the White House, in Washington, DC, on July 6, 2011. She was asked to participate along with President Barack Obama, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the President's Domestic Policy Adviser Melody Barnes and rural communities leaders from across the country for the White House Rural Champions of Change event to strengthen rural communities and promote economic growth. Sue is the Executive Director at the Vernon Economic Development Association in southwest Wisconsin. Sheâs spearheading a remarkably comprehensive effort at economic development around local and regional food systems that has included both USDA and EDA support. In the past year sheâs established a cooperative consisting of both producers, distributors, and buyers that are moving more healthy, local food into local institutions (UW-La Crosse, a local hospital) and is also in the beginning stages of refurbishing an abandoned industrial park into a food hub, providing a foundation for entrepreneurialism and innovation, and enterprise development. USDA Photo by Lance Cheung.
April 28, 2014
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