2020 RURAL SUMMIT SPEAKER BIOS
PLENARY - DEB BROWN - SaveYour.Town
8:45am - 10:00am -- Main Summit Room
Small towns can best be saved by their own people using their own resources. Small towns thrive when they set themselves apart. We’ve joined forces to show you practical steps to help you shape a brighter future for your small town.
Deb says SaveYour.Town are the Change Agents. They are not the experts on small towns, they are the experts FOR small towns, including yours. You’ll hear lots of stories of small towns doing things the new way. It’s going to feel weird and strange, and yet somehow right.
You’ll slip back into the old way once and awhile (Deb says she did). You’ll find out people you thought were in the future track are really a part of the committee of negativity. You’ll find people in your crowd who you never expected to be there.
Farm Safety & Mental Health
Project Director - SWCAP's Farmer Suicide Prevention Project
Chris's concern about the plight of family farms began in her home state of Iowa during the farm crisis of the 1980s. She earned a Masters of Divinity in 1994 with the intention of serving rural communities, aware of both the stigma associated with seeking mental health services and the scarcity of mental health resources available in smaller communities. Chris went on to complete a PhD in 2004, focusing her work in ethics and environmentally sustainable farming and food production.
- Housing – How Our Community is Meeting the Challenge
- Renewable Energy - The Positive Effects on Rural Communities
1:30pm -- 2:30pm -- BREAKOUT SESSIONS - ROUND #2
3 Breakout Sessions will take place addressing issues facing rural communities and areas. Not just talking about the issues but successful actions will be presented too.
Funding Community Projects: Putting the Puzzle Together
Leveraging Natural Resources for Economic Development, Tourism & Quality of Life
Enhancing Life for Older Adults in Rural Areas
Thank you Summit Sponsors
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