Nebraska Rural Poll Celebrates 20th Year with Public Sessions

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 Nebraska Rural Poll Celebrates 20th Year with Public Sessions

Lincoln, Neb., September 22, 2015 – 2015 marks the twentieth year of the Nebraska Rural Poll. The public will have a chance to explore Rural Poll data more in depth and contribute to future poll and research studies during two educational sessions on Oct. 21.

The sessions will be held at Nebraska Innovation Campus in Lincoln starting at 1 p.m.

Becky Vogt, survey research manager who’s been working on the Rural Poll since its second year, said, “With its 20-year history, the poll has a collection of data about rural trends and perceptions that is unmatched in the country.” 

Two sessions are planned. The first, “Exploring Twenty Years of the Rural Poll,” will examine trends in the data and engage participants in a conversation on opportunities associated with such a robust data treasure. The second, “Celebrating the Rural Poll – Visioning for the Future,” will share the history of the Poll and explore its value and impacts. Participants will be asked to share what would strengthen the Poll and identify research ideas and questions for future Polls. That session begins at 3:00 p.m.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. John Allen and Dr. Sam Cordes, founders of the Nebraska Rural Poll in 1996, join us for these sessions,” said Randy Cantrell, rural sociologist for the Rural Futures Institute.

Registration and more details are available at ruralpoll.unl.edu/rural-futures-conference. There is no registration charge for attending the Rural Poll Sessions.

 During recent years, broadband and internet usage have been a featured topic in the Rural Poll. The 2011 poll results showed that most rural Nebraskans have used the internet for research, health information, purchasing a product, watching a video and for social networking. In addition to examining Rural Poll data, the public will also have the opportunity to attend free sessions focusing on broadband and technology.

 At 8:30 a.m. on Oct.21 the public can learn what their community can do to enhance the capacity of the local community to address broadband development and implementation during a session titled Broadband and Your Community – Improving Nebraska’s Economic Future and Quality of Life. Following that session, the first Nebraska Broadband Initiative outstanding community broadband projects will be announced. Awardees will form a panel to share information about their projects and how the projects may be replicated in other communities. That session begins at 10:30 a.m.

The sessions are offered in conjunction with the Rural Futures Conference which begins on the evening of Oct. 21. The conference presents opportunities for people to work together to build hope and develop a vision for invigorating rural communities. For more information and to register visit http://rfc.nebraska.edu/