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Opening Keynote

Developing Resilient Communities: The Idea Friendly Method

September 24 | 8:00 am – 8:45 am

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Keynote: Becky McCray, Expert FOR Small Towns of SaveYour.Town

Introduction: Terrence Williams, President & COO of The Keene Sentinel

 

Arts & Culture

SESSION ONE


Equity in Arts Funding

September 24 | 9:00 am – 10:45 am

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Panel Discussion:  Chrissy Deal, Director, Social Responsibility & Inclusion of Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), Lori Pourier, President of First Peoples Fund;  Ron Ragin, Self-Employed, Artist, Consultant, Researcher, Coach; Erik Takeshita, Senior Fellow of ArtPlace America; and moderator Savannah Barrett, Exchange Director of Art of the Rural

This session is organized by Art of the Rural, a national organization working to advance rural culture and quality of life through relationships that connect communities, cultivate dialogue, and forward rural-urban exchange.

 

SESSION TWO


Community Connection Starts With the Arts

September 24 | 11:00 am – 12:45 pm

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Moderator: Anthony Poore, Executive Director of New Hampshire Humanities

Panel Discussion: Barbara Shafer Bacon, Co-Director, Animating Democracy of  Americans for the Arts; Rachel Balaban, Co-founder and co-director of Artists and Scientists as Partners; Catherine Stewart, Artistic Director of NH Theatre Project; HB Lozito, Executive Director of Out in the Open

 

SESSION THREE


The Essential Arts

September 24 | 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

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Moderator: Marianne Barthel, Director of the Arts Program at Dartmouth Hitchcock

Speakers: Cynthia Cutting, director of Museum of the White Mountains; Amanda Whitworth, Founder Lead With Arts &  Articine; Kate Beever, Owner/Music Therapist of Maine Music & Health; Eugene Uman, Director of Vermont Jazz Center; Craig Stockwell, Visiting Artist, Advisor- MFA for Lesley University  

Thank you to the Art & Culture track supporters:
NEFA ; NHCF; Art of the RuralArts Alive!; and NH Creative Communities Network

 


Tracks: Arts & Culture | Clean Energy | Community Journalism | Entrepreneurship | Land & Community | Main Street

Clean Energy

SESSION ONE


Taking Control: Communities Save Money & the Planet by Joining Forces

September 24 | 9:00 am – 10:45 am

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Moderator: Samuel Golding, President of Community Choice Partners, Inc.

Panel Discussion: April Salas, Sustainability Director of the Town of Hanover; Lorenzo Kristov, Principal of Electric System Policy; D. Maurice “Don” Kreis, Consumer Advocate for NH Office of the Consumer Advocate; John Farrell, Co-director of Institute for Local Self-Reliance

 

SESSION TWO


Carbon Pricing – Can it Save the Planet?

September 24 | 11:00 am – 12:45 pm

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Speaker: Dr. Danny Richter, VP of Governmental Affairs at Citizens’ Climate Lobby, John Kondos, Director of Monadnock Sustainability Hub

 

SESSION THREE


Carbon Lockdown: Farming Helps Save the Planet

September 24 | 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

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Speakers: Dr. Keith Paustian, Professor at Colorado State University; Dr. Adam Chambers,  Scientist at USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; Sheldon Whitehouse, United States Senator of Rhode Island


Tracks: Arts & Culture | Clean Energy | Community Journalism | Entrepreneurship | Land & Community | Main Street | LOR Livability Idea Slam

Community Journalism

SESSION ONE


What’s at Stake? Newsrooms increase online readership – and revenue – using data

September 24 | 9:00 am – 10:45 am

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Moderator: Amy Kovac-Ashley, Vice President and Senior Director of American Press Institute

Panel Discussion: Autumn Philips, Managing Editor of Post & Courier; Liz White, Publisher of The Record-Journal; Les High, Publisher of The News Reporter

SESSION TWO


Transformation: Rural news breaks out in all sorts of new ways

September 24 | 11:00 am – 12:45 pm

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Moderator: Kristen Hare, Reporter for Poynter Institute

Panel Discussion: Larry Ryckman, Editor and Founder of The Colorado Sun; Les Zaitz, Editor and Publisher of the Malheur Enterprise; Jim Iovino, Assistant Professor of Media Innovations of West Virginia University, Tamika Moore, Managing Producer of Red Clay Media

 

SESSION THREE


Crazy Good – 50 ideas that will make a difference

September 24 | 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

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Speakers: Linda Conway, Executive Director of New England Newspaper and Press Association; Terrence Williams, President of The Keene Sentinel 


Tracks: Arts & Culture | Clean Energy | Community Journalism | Entrepreneurship | Land & Community | Main Street | LOR Livability Idea Slam

Entrepreneurship

SESSION ONE


Creating Conditions for a Successful and Uniquely Local Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

September 24 | 9:00 am – 10:45 am

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Speakers: Rich Grogan, Executive Director of Northern Border Regional Commission

Panel Discussion: Laura Oswald, Director of Economic Development, Washington County, NY; Lance Willard, City Manager of City of Columbiana; Laurel Adams, President of REDC; Sarah Ashton, Board President of The Cambridge Valley Community Development and Preservation Partnership, Inc.

 

SESSION TWO


PitchFork: Connecting Rural Startups with Local Funding

September 24 | 11:00 am – 12:45 pm

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PitchFork Challenge Emcee: Puja Thapa, Student at Keene State College

Speakers: David Deziel, Founder and Principal of DavidGeorge Communications, LLC; Mary Ann Kristiansen, Founder and Executive Director of Hannah Grimes Center; Sara Powell, Program Director of Hannah Grimes Center

Judges: Roy Wallen, CEO of Directional Healthcare Advisors; Susan Newcomer; Brittany Migneault, Owner/Baker of The Bread Shed; Jim Verzino, President and CFO of Food Creators Financial, LLC; Damian Wasserbauer, Principal of Wasserbauer Intellectual Property Law, PLLC

 

SESSION THREE


Rebuild Your Community Co-operatively!

September 24 | 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

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Moderator: Erbin Crowell, Executive Director of Neighboring Food Co-op Association

Panel Discussion: Rob Brown, Program Director of Cooperative Development Institute; Lori Capouch, Rural Development Director for North Dakota Association of Rural Electric Cooperatives; Paul Bradley, President of ROC USA, LLC; Terence Courtney, Director of Cooperative Development & Strategic Initiatives of Federation of Southern Cooperatives; Carl Woodruff, Founder, Co-Owner, and Manager at Oxbow Design Build Cooperative


Tracks: Arts & Culture | Clean Energy | Community Journalism | Entrepreneurship | Land & Community | Main Street | LOR Livability Idea Slam

Land & Community

SESSION ONE


Connecting with Nature: Rural Implications for Health and Land Use

September 24 | 9:00 am – 10:45 am

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Richard Christiana Presentation

Louise Chawla Presentation

Jason Urroz Presentation

Speaker: Louise Chawla, Professor Emerita of Community Engagement, Design and Research Center, University of Colorado Boulder

Panel Discussion: Richard Christiana, Associate Professor of Public Health at Appalachian State University; Jason Urroz, Director of Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation; Chris Proctor, Director of Community Benefit of Barton Healthcare System

 

SESSION TWO


Crazy Good: Food Hubs? Key to Vibrant Rural Communities

September 24 | 11:00 am – 12:45 pm

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Richard Berkfield Presentation

Andre Cantelmo Presentation

Moderator: Ben Hewitt, Donor Relations Lead of Rural Vermont

Panel Discussion: Andre Cantelmo, Founder of Three River Farmers Alliance; Mary Macdonald, Co-Owner/Co-Founder of The Belknap Foodshed and Genuine Local; Lauren Howard, Co-Founder & Co-Director of Kearsarge Food Hub; France Hahn, Co-Founder & Co-Director of Kearsarge Food Hub; Richard Berkfield, Founder/Executive Director of Food Connects

 

SESSION THREE


Fiber: Building a Regional Fibershed in this New Frontier

September 24 | 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

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Lani Estill Presentation

 

Speaker: Rebecca Burgess, Executive Director of Fibershed; Meg Erskine, Co-Founder & CEO of Multicultural Refugee Coalition; Lani Estill, Rural Entrepreneur – Accountant of Lani’s Lana ~ Fine Rambouillet Wool; Marcail McWilliams, Owner of Valley Oak Wool Mill


Tracks: Arts & Culture | Clean Energy | Community Journalism | Entrepreneurship | Land & Community | Main Street | LOR Livability Idea Slam

Main Street

SESSION ONE


Take Your Empty Buildings off Furlough!

September 24 | 9:00 am – 10:45 am

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Deb Brown Presentation

Speaker: Deb Brown, Co-Founder of SaveYour.Town

 

SESSION TWO


New Ruralism: Making It on Main Street

September 24 | 11:00 am – 12:45 pm

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Making it on Main Presentation

Speakers: Jo Anne Carr, Director of Planning & Economic Development for the Town of Jaffrey; Jennifer Whittaker, Research Associate for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

 

SESSION THREE


Downtown Revitalization through Community Collaboration

September 24 | 2:00 pm – 3:45 pm

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Speaker: Robert Stevens, P.C., Founder and President of Stevens & Associates,  Founder and Principal with M&S Development; William Colvin – Assistant Director/Director of Community & Economic Development, Bennington County Regional Commission; Moderator: Katie Stuart-Buckley

 

Closing Keynote

September 24 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Keynote: John Molinaro, Principal of RES Associates

Introduction: Mary Ann Kristiansen, Founder and Executive Director of Hannah Grimes Center


Tracks: Arts & Culture | Clean Energy | Community Journalism | Entrepreneurship | Land & Community | Main Street | LOR Livability Idea Slam

LOR Livability Idea Slam

September 24 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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Sponsored by LOR Foundation
LOR is a private foundation that works with rural communities in the Mountain West to enhance livability and prosperity while preserving the character that makes each community unique.

Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship Key Partners

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