The second meeting of grantees for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Rural Welfare to Work Strategies project was held June 28-29, 1999, at the Humphrey Building, Washington, DC. Representatives from the following States attended: Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New York, Vermont, and Washington.
Mary Ann MacKenzie, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), ACF, welcomed grantees and noted ACF's excitement about the initiative, which is on the cutting edge of welfare reform research. Over 19 States have a population that is more than 30 percent rural. The goal of this initiative is to identify what is working in rural welfare reform and to foster collaboration among States in future efforts.