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Events

Bennet, Rennels visit Sterling, Colo.

August 7, 2012

Colorado U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet with Kathay Rennels, assistant vice president for community and economic development, Office of Engagement, Colorado State University, at CSU's Northeast Regional Engagement Center in Sterling during a community meeting held Monday, Aug. 6.On Monday, US. Sen. Michael Bennet spoke to nearly 40 in attendance at Colorado State University’s Northeast Regional Engagement Center in Sterling, Colo. During the community meeting, Bennet discussed his continuing work on the reauthorization of the Farm Bill and presented an overview of Congress and the effects partisan politics has on progress.

During the Q&A session, Bennet also addressed many community concerns, including how agriculture relates to economic growth, the effects of government regulations on matters like healthcare, small business needs and the overwhelming negative approval rating of Congress.

Building community relationships

Kathay Rennels, CSU’s assistant vice president for community and economic development, attended the event to further foster relationships between the university, Sterling community and Congress. Through her work with the Office of Engagement, Rennels helps CSU become more connected with Colorado communities by making its resources and connections more readily available.

Additionally, Rennels spearheads the Colorado Agricultural Cluster, which highlights connections among sectors within the state’s diverse agricultural industry in order for the industry to be more successful in presenting unified economic policy goals to stakeholders and Colorado officials. More recently, Rennels has been involved with the Agricultural Value-Chain Analysis study that highlights sectors within the state that Coloradans might not immediately associate with agriculture, including biotechnology, finance, ag tourism and the food and beverage sector.

Both the Value-Chain Analysis and Agricultural Cluster project seek to view the industry through a different lens, focusing on interconnections that could yield new possibilities.

The results of the Agricultural Value-Chain Analysis are expected this month. The Colorado Agricultural cluster project is expected to evolve over the next three years as the industry addresses objectives of the Colorado Blueprint, and as its sectors pursue new partnerships.