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Sen. Begich Announces Alaska Rural Tour with Four Cabinet Secretaries


U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today announced the details of the Obama Administration's "Rural Tour" visit in Alaska.  Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, and Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan will join Senator Begich for a series of events in Bethel and Hooper Bay, Alaska next week.

Earlier this summer, President Obama announced the Administration's Rural Tour, during which top Administration officials, including Cabinet Secretaries, are fanning out across the nation to hold a series of discussions on how communities, states, and the federal government can work together to help strengthen rural America.

"Having four Cabinet Secretaries in rural Alaska will be an excellent opportunity to showcase the challenges and successes we have when it comes to housing, education, energy and other areas," Sen. Begich said. "I know the Secretaries will come away with a whole new understanding of what it means to be truly rural."

The Secretaries will hear about the diverse set of challenges and opportunities facing Alaska towns and villages that are so integral to the fabric of American life.  They will also share some of the Administration's ideas about how to nurture strong, robust, and vibrant rural communities.  And, when they have heard from the people, they will report back to the President about the state of rural America in Alaska, and what the Administration can do to strengthen it.

Alaska Rural Tour events include:
9:00 - 10:30 a.m.                    BETHEL RURAL TOUR FORUM
Venue:                       Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center
Address:        420 State Hwy
Bethel, AK 99559
Public Access Time: 8:00 a.m.
**This event is free and open to the public. **

10:35 - 11:05 a.m.                  MEDIA AVAILIBILITY
Venue:                       Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center
Address:        420 State Hwy
Bethel, AK 99559
Press:                          OPEN

11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.         STAKEHOLDER MEETINGS - BREAKOUT SESSIONS
Venue:                       Yupiit Piciryarait Cultural Center
Address:        420 State Hwy
Bethel, AK 99559
Press:                          OPEN
**This is an invitation only event.**

3:00 - 5:15 p.m.                     HOOPER BAY TOUR
Stop 1: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: Hooper Bay School
Greet/Meeting: 3:00 - 3:35 p.m.
Tour of School: 3:35 - 4:00 p.m.
Stop 2: 4:00 - 4:25 p.m.
Location: Hooper Bay Multi-Family Housing Development
Stop 3: 4:50 - 5:15 p.m.
Location: Wind Turbine

August 10, 2009
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