Commentary: The Birth of a Rural Summit

Radically Rural, a two-day focus on rural challenges and opportunity that’s staged in Keene, New Hampshire, in its second year drew over 600 people from 24 states to talk about such things as getting more charging stations for electric cars, how to find financing for farms that are too small for consolidated banks, and how Read more…



A ‘Radically Rural’ approach to sustaining communities

Summit in Keene will look at solutions to problems, issues facing small cities, towns September 12, 2019  Mary Ann Kristiansen Rural Americans are confident that major problems facing their local communities can be solved in five years, but most think they cannot be fixed without outside help.  So says the 2018 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Read more…


Radically Rural Summit to Feature Special Lunch at Keene Eatery

The public is invited to a special lunch at Machina Kitchen & ArtBar in Keene in September, in one of the many events planned for the upcoming Radically Rural summit. “Relate to Your Plate: A Working Lands Lunch” at the 9 Court St. eatery and event space is part of Radically Rural’s working lands track, Read more…


Isele to lead ‘experieneurship’ session at Radically Rural summit next month

An international leader in harnessing baby-boomers’ strengths and encouraging intergenerational cooperation will visit Keene for this year’s Radically Rural summit. The second annual two-day conference in September aims to address the qualities and challenges that define small-town communities. It’s co-hosted by The Sentinel and the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship. Slated to speak at one Read more…


Radically Rural Summit Lands Two National Sponsors, Two Major Local Supporters

Two national foundations leading in the areas of entrepreneurship and journalism are backing the Radically Rural summit, a two-day conference in Keene’s downtown focusing on strengthening small cities and towns. This support — from the Ewing Marion Kauffmann Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation — joins major grants from C&S Wholesale Read more…


Expert on Small Communities Tapped to Send off Second Radically Rural Summit

For the second annual Radically Rural summit this fall, the director of a Texas-based think tank and an expert on rural communities will deliver the conference’s closing remarks. Hosted by The Sentinel and the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship, Radically Rural is a two-day convention that explores the qualities and challenges of small-town communities. Last Read more…


Radically Rural: A destination event for residents, leaders of small communities

Keene’s downtown will be transformed into a conference center Sept. 19-20, as those interested in making their towns more sustainable and successful gather for the second annual Radically Rural Summit. A partnership between The Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship and The Keene Sentinel, Radically Rural features six program tracks considered essential to the success of Read more…


In Little Keene, NH, Boosting Rural Economies And Entrepreneurship

In case you’re not aware of it, the little city of Keene, NH, (population 23,000) is gradually becoming quite the hub for entrepreneurship and rural economic development. For example, it’s going to be the site next month of the second annual Radically Rural conference. The focus of the two-day event will be on major challenges, like labor Read more…


Radically Rural summit to take deep look at small-community economies

Keene’s second annual Radically Rural summit kicks off this fall, exploring the traits that define small-town communities, and the economic patterns since the recession that have disadvantaged their residents and businesses. Mary Ann Kristiansen, Hannah Grimes’ executive director, explains that the backdrop for Radically Rural was a growing trend toward urbanization in the face of Read more…


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