updated: 11/29/2006 1:14:32 PM

ISU to Launch Agritourism Website

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A workshop on agritourism has attracted such interest that Indiana State University is on Thursday launching a new website that will serve as a resource for rural Indiana communities. The university says sessions at the workshop will also be posted on the website. Topics being covered at the workshop include, sustainable community recreation and development, master planning and funding opportunities.

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It will be a full house at the free rural recreational development training workshop being held Thursday at Indiana State University, with many more on a waiting list in case there is a cancellation.

Nathan Schaumleffel, assistant professor of recreation and sport management, and coordinator of the workshop, said that all 30 slots were booked by a month ago. Participants include representatives from Monroe County Parks and Recreation, Commonwealth Engineers of Evansville, The Troyer Group of Mishawaka, and Sullivan City Council, among others.

“Even though the training session was filled up by the end of October, I kept getting calls from leaders of rural areas who wanted to learn more about what they could do to help revitalize their community and obtain state and federal grants,” Schaumleffel said. “We have 38 people on a waiting list right now.”

The free rural recreational development training workshop for community leaders is being held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Nov. 30, in Hulman Memorial Student Union, Room 407, on ISU’s campus. The event, presented by the Indiana Rural Recreation Development Project (InRRDP), of which Schaumleffel is the director, is for park and town board members, non-profit and faith-based leaders, and extension agents from communities of 7,000 residents or less.

Topics to be covered include: sustainable community recreation development, Indiana state laws for parks and recreation, master planning, playground safety, and funding opportunities.

In addition to Schaumleffel, speakers include: Brian Blackford of the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, Bob Bronson of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Kathleen Weissenberger of the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and Greg Delp of the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development.

The InRRDP also will be launching its Web site at indstate.edu/inrrdp on this day, which will serve as a centralized hub of resources for rural leaders. Those at the workshop will be given a tour of the new site and shown how to find the information they need to enhance their communities, be part of a regional agritourism destination, and evaluate their assets and needs.

Due to the limited space at the workshop, Schaumleffel said that each session throughout the day will be recorded and available for free download on the InRRDP Web site.

The Indiana Rural Recreation Development Project is funded by a grant from ISU’s Alliance for Excellence Through Engagement & Experiential Learning, through a grant from the Lilly Endowment. For more information about the InRRDP, contact Schaumleffel at (812) 237-2189.

Source: Indiana State University

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