By Sharon Vander Meer
Can small towns be cool? That’s the topic of a presentation by David Ivan, Ph.D., director of Michigan State University Extension, in Lansing, Mich. The “Economic Development in Small Rural Communities” forum will take place on Tuesday in the Plaza Hotel events room beginning at 11:45 a.m. Ivan is the keynote speaker. Also on the program is Terry Brunner, state director of USDA Rural Development, who will talk about economic sustainability from a New Mexico rural development perspective.