Rural communities need to prosper, say former Congressmen

Georgia College students listen as two former US Congressmen talk about the importance of keeping rural communities vibrant/Carlos Stephens (WGXA)

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. -- Two retired US Congressmen talked about the importance of keeping rural communities prosperous at Georgia College on Wednesday.

William Enyart (D-IL) and Gil Gutknecht (R-MN) spoke at the school as part of a nationwide program called "Congress to Campus."

Both spent time talking with students about current events and held a forum on the 21st century role of rural America.

Organizer Ruby Zimmerman said, "Milledgeville and the greater area, we do struggle with issues pertaining to rural poverty and dealing with healthcare issues and agriculture issues and really coming to the table and having two different perspectives - a republican and democrat and former congressmen to kind of explain these issues to us, I know for myself I have gained a better understanding of the issues."

The "Congress to Campus" program aims to help student better understand the political process by connecting former members of the US Congress with college and universities across the country.

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