A future for Rural Spain in Castilla y León

The Next Spain forum stops in Valladolid this Wednesday with a conference organized by El Norte de Castilla to recognize the wealth that is generated in the towns and the countryside


The future of Rural Spain is of paramount importance in Castilla y León. In one of the most agricultural regions linked to the countryside in Europe, the development of towns and the generation of wealth in this area seem fundamental. However, it is not only a regional challenge, since this objective also appears on the national and trans-European agenda, and explains the birth of the Next Spain forum, an initiative promoted by Vocento that stops in Valladolid this Wednesday precisely to reflect on the central role played by Rural Spain as an engine of growth.

The conference, organized by El Norte de Castilla, will take place from 10:00 am in the Patio Herreriano Museum, led by Carlos Aganzo, director of Institutional Relations of El Norte de Castilla and deputy director of the Vocento Foundation. The event will be welcomed by the director of the newspaper, Ángel Ortiz; and the Minister of Mobility and Digital Transformation of the Junta de Castilla y León, María González Corral, will be in charge of opening the forum with a conference that addresses the challenges posed by technological innovation for the rural world.

The program then includes two panel discussions; In the first, Alba Carrillo (cultural promoter in the Montaña Palentina) and Rodrigo Carrillo -better known on social networks as Tractorista de Castilla- (farmer and communicator) will reflect on how to transmit their activities in rural areas to society as success stories .

The use of technology as a vehicle of communication, the way of creating a community around agricultural or country activities and the experience of the two protagonists will serve to delve into development models for young people and people interested in starting their activity in the rural world. . The talk will be moderated by the journalist and field information specialist, Silvia García Rojo.

In the second round table, the attending public will approach the economy in the rural world and the way to seek growth, employment and innovation in these areas. To address economic development in this area, the talk will include the director of Business Area S1 in Castilla y León at Caixabank, Carmen Rodríguez Pulgar; the territorial director of the central zone of Telefónica, Beatriz Herranz Casas; and the delegate in Castilla y León of the Red Eléctrica Group, Roberto Arranz Cuesta.

The conference, which includes the participation of CaixaBank, Telefónica and Gran Thornton as global partners and the sponsorship of Cepsa, Grupo Red Eléctica, the Junta de Castilla y León and Mapfre, will close with a speech by the Mayor of Valladolid, Óscar Puente.

It will be the third stage of a project that began last year in Malaga and that during the present 2022 will go to other parts of Spain: next month Catalonia will host a conference dedicated to science and research; and education will channel the planned program in La Rioja in September.

A day called 'En verde' will be the climax with which Seville closes Next Spain in autumn.

Free and free registration

Planned as a major meeting to strengthen the future of the rural environment, the Next Spain forum brings together the main players in the economic and business world to address the challenges of the sector in the European context and in an increasingly digitalized world.

Those interested in attending the conference held this Wednesday at the Patio Herreriano Museum can register completely free of charge by sending an email to the following address: [email protected].es, as well as by calling 983 41 21 06.

The different interventions can be followed live on the El Norte de Castilla website.

The director of Telefónica in the downtown area, Beatriz Herránz Casas.

The vital role of telecommunications

The role of telecommunications in rural areas will be one of the main sections of the Next Spain forum in Valladolid.

The congress, which will feature Beatriz Herranz, from Segovia, director of the central area of ​​Telefónica (Madrid, Castilla y León and Castilla-La Mancha), will serve to assess the current state of these services in towns and in the countryside.

The company's commitment to Castilla y León is summarized in the 600 million invested in the last five years and the contribution of 1.5 to regional GDP.

In 2020, Telefónica allocated eight out of every ten euros invested in the community to the rural environment. In addition, the telecommunications firm launched Castilla y León Smart Rural Territory, a project for rural areas with the Ministry of Development and in collaboration with the provincial councils.

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