For two days each year in August, county, municipal and state leaders and other stake holders gather in Cedar City for the Utah Rural Summit. They come from throughout Utah to explore issues that impact rural life, to hear from experts the latest information pertaining to rural life, and to discuss policies necessary to maintain and expand the political, cultural and economic relevance of rural communities. UPR's Southern Utah Correspondent Chris Holmes reports from the summit on its second day.
Yesterday, as the conference opened, attendees heard from Utah Governor Gary Herbert as well as Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell. The afternoon keynote address yesterday was delivered by Congressman Rob Bishop, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. We'll hear from Governor Herbert and Congressman Bishop on the program today, as well as Charles Fluharty, the Founding Director of the Rural Policy Research Institute, who was the keynote speaker in yesterday’s opening session of the summit.