Perriello to host Vilsack on telephone town hall

Edited by Chris Graham

Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello will hold a telephone town hall meeting with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Thursday, June 17, from 6:50 p.m. -7:50 p.m. to address issues of importance to rural communities.

To join the call, participants can dial toll-free 877.229.8493 and enter access code 14581#. The call is free and participants may dial in at any time to listen, ask questions, or share concerns with Rep. Perriello and Sec. Vilsack.

Perriello and Sec. Vilsack plan to address a wide range of issues including economic development in rural areas, the benefits of health-care reform for rural communities, and promotion of the agriculture and forestry industries. Agriculture and forestry remain Virginia’s top industries, contributing over $79 billion annually to Virginia’s economy, as well as over 10 percent of its jobs.

“I’m very pleased to have Secretary Vilsack join me for this free telephone town hall meeting. Since he visited us in Pittsylvania County last summer, he’s taken a keen interest in our area and the economic opportunities that are available thanks to our location, our farming heritage, and our high-quality workforce,” Perriello said. “This is a great chance for folks from across the district, but especially in our rural communities, to let Secretary Vilsack and me know how we can better promote economic recovery and job opportunities in your communities.”


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