Sen. Gillibrand Unveils New Legislation at St. Lawrence University’s North Country Symposium | St. Lawrence University

Sen. Gillibrand Unveils New Legislation at St. Lawrence University’s North Country Symposium

A U.S. senator’s announcement of new proposed legislation that would give rural communities the resources they need to invest in long-term development projects was among the many innovative ideas shared during St. Lawrence University’s 17th North Country Symposium on Monday, Nov. 18.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) met several St. Lawrence students and community leaders before unveiling the Rebuild Rural America Act, new legislation that would prioritize federal investment for rural communities and small towns across New York State. The legislation would improve the way that the federal government supports development projects in small towns and rural communities in order to better fit their specific needs.

“Senator Gillibrand has been a leader in her support of providing access to funding for rural communities like the North Country,” says St. Lawrence University President William L. Fox. “Her demonstrated leadership on rural issues at the federal level is a tremendous asset and advantage to St. Lawrence University students, faculty, and staff.”

St. Lawrence University created the North Country Symposium as a way to empower and support people who are passionate about the future of northern New York and eager to enhance the region's economic, environmental, and educational vitality. With the region seeking to recruit residents as entrepreneurs, workforce, and civic leaders, this year’s North Country Symposium theme of “Movement in the North Country” inspired attendees to look at national rural migration patterns and the elements of community development that must be addressed to successfully recruit residents to the North Country.

In addition to Gillibrand’s remarks, the nearly 200 participants heard from Symposium keynote speaker Ben Winchester, a researcher and educator of community economics at the University of Minnesota Extension, present on “Rewriting the Rural Narrative”. Event attendees also heard from leaders throughout the North Country, took part in panel discussions, and engaged in workshops.

The Symposium is supported by St. Lawrence University’s Ellen C. Burt ’42 Endowment for North Country Education.