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Ag. Sec Vilsack Sends Officials To Trinity County For Progress Update

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:09:35 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 30 2013 04:21:12 AM CST

More than one month later and the Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack is making good on his promise to Trinity County.

WEAVERVILLE, Calif. -

Trinity County has a special distinction. United States Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack has its back.

"The Secretary is someone that makes lists and Trinity County is on his list in a very good way," said Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development, Doug O'brien. 

O'brein was one of three high ranking officials, sent at the request of Vilsack from Washington, D.C., to attend Weaverville's Trinity Alps Performing Arts Center Tuesday night for a town hall style meeting.

The meeting was to announce progress from when Tom Vilsack visited Weaverville last month. A public forum was held to get input on economic inefficiencies and ways to stir growth.

It was one of several nationwide rural area stops that Vilsack made to promote awareness of rural communities losing political clout in Washington, D.C. It was also before Congress passed the 2012 U.S. Farm Bill.

Some of the ideas to spur economic growth were announced Tuesday night. They included improving internet service by adding broadband, regional food systems, and offering opportunities for local farmers and entrepreneurs.

Officials also announced the idea of new bio-based products that could be manufactured in Trinity County.

Glenda Humiston, The State Director of Rural Development told KRCR News Channel 7, "We gotta have locals that wanna step up to the plate, businessman, entrepreneurs, etc," when asked about whether implementing these new ideas would work to create economic prosperity. 

Saw Mill Manager, Dee Sanders was one community member we caught up with. He told us, "This is an opportunity for us to try to come together as a community and resolve one of those issues by working together, hopefully we'll all gain from that."