Thinking Beyond the Town Line: Strengthening Rural Development through Cooperation

Citizens' Institute on Rural Design

Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Webinar

Pooling resources and cooperating across town boundaries is a great way for rural communities to gain efficiencies and improve quality of life. Join our free 60-minute webinar to hear how small towns are working together to support each other.

Speakers on the webinar are:

- Brett Schwartz, program manager, National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation. NADO offers a myriad of programs aimed at cross-border cooperation including training, research, and peer networking services in the areas of economic and disaster resilience, transportation, and sustainable community development.

- Sarah Lucas, AICP, regional planning department manager, Networks Northwest. Sarah works closely with local governments, nonprofits, and other community stakeholders in northwest Michigan on a variety of community issues, including housing and economic development. She also coordinates and facilitates public outreach strategies and conducts in-depth community research and analysis.

- Lori Meadows, executive director, Kentucky Arts Council. Lori has headed up the Kentucky Arts Council since 2005. Her work has included convening a 54-county Appalachian region to initiate economic growth and development through arts-related tools, resources and ideas.

- Susan DuPlessis, program director, South Carolina Arts Commission. Susan has a wide range of experience in creative, place-based work including co-directing several significant partnerships including the four-state Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission, South Carolina's Rural Promise Zone and the Riley Institute at Furman University. Susan will share highlights from a pilot project, The Art of Community: Rural SC, which is part of the South Carolina Promise Zone initiative.

This event is brought to you by Orton Family Foundation and the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design™.