$45 – $165

24th Annual Rural Development Conference

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Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville SE Murfreesboro

1200 Conference Center Boulevard

Murfreesboro, TN 37129

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Hosted by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), USDA Rural Development (RD), and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD), we partner to bring together local leaders from across rural Tennessee to encourage, inspire, and learn from each other. We strive to gather expert Speakers from across the nation with sessions to cover a broad range of topics important to rural communities from economic and community development strategies to leadership development.

Conference begins at 1:00pm CDT Wednesday, March 20, 2019 with registration opening at 11:00am, and ends at 12:00pm CDT Thursday, March 21, 2019.

Speakers:

Dr. David Ivan, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

  • Opening Plenary: "Can Small Towns Be Cool?”

  • Workshop: "Regionalism and Community Success"

David Weaver, Community Heart & Soul - Orton Family Foundation, Shelburne, VT

  • Workshops: "What We’ve Learned about What Matters Most"

Jade Arn & Wilson Finch, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), Chicago, IL

  • Workshops: "Cultivating a Healthy Workforce Ecosystem"

Lacy Beasley, Retail Strategies, Birmingham, AL

  • Workshops: "Top 7 Franchise Restaurants & Retail Brands Expanding in Rural TN"

Chuck Fluharty, Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), Iowa City, IA

  • Workshops: "Thinking “Bigger” About Smaller Places: Rural and Urban America, Collective Impact, and the Power of a New Rural Narrative"

Lance George, Housing Assistance Council, Washington, DC
Jeremy Heidt,
TN Housing Development Agency

  • Workshop: "Housing: Rural America’s Achilles Heel?"

Brooxie Carlton, TN Dept. of Economic & Community Development
Ryan Egly,
Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce
Paul Archambault,
Southeast TN Development District

  • Workshop: “Grant Writing Do’s and Don’ts”

Angie Allen, TN Dept. of Health, Office of Rural Health
Libby Thurman, TN Primary Care Association

  • Workshop: "Rural Healthcare"

Dr. Kelly Goldsmith, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

  • Breakfast Plenary: "Having Less, Doing More"



Embassy Suites Special Pricing for the Rural Development Conference is available online or by phone at 615.890.4464 / 800.362.2779 using group code RDC until February 20, 2019.

Conference registration refunds are allowed until February 20, 2019.
Transfers or substitutions are always allowed.

Questions? Email Kathy.Smith@tn.usda.gov

Note: Official audio recordings, videotapes, and still photographs may be taken during conference. Registration constitutes permission to use your image or voice if it appears on video or audio recordings or in still photographs.

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1200 Conference Center Boulevard

Murfreesboro, TN 37129

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