Radically Rural Offers Six Exciting Program Tracks!

Radically Rural is built around six engaging program tracks that are highly relevant for rural communities and small towns:

Renewable Energy

Certain to be more and more a part of the sustainable lifestyle many seek, renewable energy offers economic and household opportunities to small towns everywhere. Tax credits, net zero construction and solar power are all part of a new business and personal landscape taking hold in rural settings. What makes regions like your most likely to adapt to and adopt this approach to energy use?

Local Organizer: Monadnock Sustainability Network

Arts and Culture

The arts and culture bring creativity, energy, optimism, and civic engagement to rural communities. They are also surprisingly robust economic development engines in rural areas. Jump into the emerging field of creative place-making. Learn about developing business models for rural arts from successful practitioners. And learn from Arlene Goldbard in a workshop on the ethics of community-based arts. 

Local Organizer: Monadnock Arts Alive!


Entrepreneurship has a powerful impact on regional prosperity, generating employment, and creating local value and wealth. Explore three types of economic activity in rural communities and how “Crazy Good” business practices build communities with a competitive edge. Learn about digital access and parity —  taking advantage of what only urban areas once enjoyed while maintaining the rural experience. Join us for the PitchFork Challenge: offering a $10,000 cash prize for one entrepreneur as well as a $1,000 prize for a best idea. We’ll share the PitchFork “operating manual” on how to run one in your community.

Local Organizer: The Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship

Rural Media

Consolidation of newspaper companies, the closing of newspapers, and a reduction in journalism jobs have put small town journalism in the cross-hairs. Examine what local journalists and small-town community leaders can do to combat “fake news,” maintain integrity, and build trust in local journalism. Lean about changing business models designed to keep local journalism resilient, relevant, and community-focused. Help us build a Radically Rural newspaper — what does it take to develop and publish stories on a variety of platforms, from print and websites to social media? What would you do as an editor for a day?

Local Organizer: The Keene Sentinel

Main Street

It’s a sense of belonging and community as much as it is a location. Main Street means businesses owned by people you know, friendly neighbors, quality, and unmatched customer service. Discover how other communities are using innovative rural business models to bring more businesses to their community. Learn how community-based events and festivals can enhance and invigorate a town well beyond a few days. Main Street is not a thing of the past — we’ll map out practical solutions for its future.

Local Organizer: Prime Roast Coffee Company | Twenty One Bar & Grill 

Working Lands

Connectivity to the landscape, sustainable agriculture, and creative stewardship of natural resources are critical for thriving rural communities. Explore how a region such as New England can provide half of its food needs by the year 2060. Push the entrepreneurial envelope of exporting food and importing dollars to grow your region’s farm economy while remaining committed to the land and the community. Consider the transformative potential of the Northeast’s most abundant natural resource — forests — and learn about trends, opportunities, and real-life stories of communities on the rise.

Local Organizer: The Cheshire County Conservation District | Monadnock Conservancy

Jump the Tracks! Registered attendees are free to attend programs from any of the tracks.

Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship Key Partners

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