An article run by the Associated Press praises a new area of study being explored by the Purdue Extension Community Development (CD) Program in partnership with the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD).
U.S. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack, recently toured Purdue facilities. During Vilsack’s visit to Purdue, PCRD director, Bo Beauleau, had the opportunity to share with Vilsack some of CD’s and PCRD’s cutting edge initiatives.
During this meeting, Beaulieu and Vilsack discussed how geographic information system-based research (GIS) could shed new light on the pervasive issue of rural child poverty. In response to this conversation, Vilsack was quoted by the Associated Press as saying, "The ability of Purdue to help us identify the common characteristics of the counties in regions where child poverty is high is going to give us the ability to focus government resources more effectively."