The Economic Development Forum for Rural Western North Carolina is set for today at the Sam Center Auditorium at Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine. Registration opens at 8:30 am with the event lasting from 9 am until 2 pm. The panel will feature special guests including 11th District Congressman Mark Meadows, Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker and Assistant Secretary for the Rural Development Division Dr. Patricia Mitchell. Cost is $10 per person which includes lunch. The public is invited to attend.