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IED Chair calls for ‘vibrant rural communities’ at RSN Rural Conference 2019


Institute of Economic Development (IED) Chair Bev Hurley has delivered a workshop on Creating Vibrant Rural Communities, as part of the Rural Services Network (RSN) Rural Conference 2019 in Cheltenham:

Bev was joined on the second day of the two-day conference by speakers from the Countryside and Community Research Institute, Forum of Private Business, the Nuffield Trust, National Centre for Rural Health and Care, Isle of Wight Council, and Lord Foster of Bath, who sits on the cross-party Rural Economy Committee.

You can view Bev’s presentation slides here. The IED has written extensively on the importance of the rural economy, and the need to rebalance the UK economy (

Earlier this year, the IED responded to the Treasury Committee inquiry into Regional Imbalances in the UK Economy (


Bev Hurley is available for interview via Phil Smith, Institute of Economic Development PR consultant, on 01778 218180 / 07866 436159 /

Notes to editors:

The Institute of Economic Development (IED) is the UK’s leading independent professional body representing economic development and regeneration practitioners. Established over 30 years ago, the IED’s key objective is to represent the interests of economic development practitioners and ensure their views are widely expressed and noted. The IED is committed to demonstrating the value of economic development work for local and regional communities; the pursuit of best practice in economic development and the attainment of the highest standards of professional conduct and competence.