SC Rural Resource Coalition Annual Meeting

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Brookland Banquet & Conference

1066 Sunset Boulevard

West Columbia, SC 29169

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Enjoy a Networking Breakfast with Exhibitors, Engaging Speakers and lunch with friends and colleagues - old & new.

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Our annual meeting is a chance for leaders from conservation, farming, forestry, tourism, and community economic development to meet, reconnect, and discover new ways to work together. At this gathering, you’ll hear from partners about recent successes and emerging opportunities to advance our vision of rural prosperity.

With emphasis on spurring wealth creation from within rural communities, the RRC works to create a stronger South Carolina rural economy through: local food markets, working farm and forest conservation, affordable housing, renewable energy, place-based tourism, and more.

AGENDA AT A GLANCE

9:00-10:00 AM Networking Breakfast with Exhibitors

10:00-10:30 AM Welcoming Remarks & Introductions

10:30-11:00 AM Legal Applications in Rural Communities

Professor Ann Eisenberg, USC School of Law

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM SC Conservation: Spectrum of Perspectives & Panel Discussion

Mark Robertson, SC Executive Director for The Nature Conservancy

J. Raleigh West, III, Executive Director of the SC Conservation Bank

Stuart White, Executive Director, Congaree Land Trust

12:00 - 1:30 PM Networking Lunch

1:30 - 2:15 PM Rural Broadband Expansion

Jim Stritzinger, Founder of Revolution D, Inc.

Representative Jay West, Chairman, Labor Commerce & Industry Legislative Subcommittee, SC House of Representatives

2:15 - 2:45 PM HBCU Leadership in Rural South Carolina

Dr. James Clark, President, South Carolina State University

2:45 PM Closing Remarks

Legal Applications in Rural Communities

  1. Professor Ann Eisenberg joined USC School of Law faculty in 2016. Professor Eisenberg’s research examines environmental and criminal decision-making processes, with a focus on law and the urban-rural divide. Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Southern California Law Review, the Harvard Law and Policy Review, Environmental Law, the Northeastern University Law Review, the Pittsburgh Law Review, and elsewhere. In 2017, Professor Eisenberg started SC’s transactional Environmental Law Clinic (formerly the “Sustainable Development Clinic”), in which she supervises third-year law students in counseling non-profit and public organizations on complex questions of environmental, land use, and property law. Professor Eisenberg earned her B.A. from Cornell University in Linguistics and French Cultural Studies, after which she served in the Peace Corps in Morocco. She returned to Cornell where she earned her J.D, cum laude. As a law student, she was awarded the Washington Foreign Law Society Ibrahim Shihata Prize for Outstanding Student Scholarship in Islamic Law.

SC Conservation: Spectrum of Perspectives

  1. Mark Robertson is the South Carolina Executive Director for The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a position he has held since 1999. He leads a statewide program with 28 staff. In 1987, he launched TNC’s program in the Florida Keys and directed it until 1999. His experience includes coastal and ocean conservation, land protection, government relations, strategic planning, fundraising, and board development.
  2. J. Raleigh West, III began his tenure as Executive Director of the SC Conservation Bank in June of 2019. He holds an MBA from The Citadel and earned his law degree in 2012 from USC. Prior to joining the Bank, he served as the executive director and general counsel for Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust in Moncks Corner, and an associate attorney for Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA.
  3. Stuart White is the Executive Director of Congaree Land Trust. Since his tenure began in 2012, the land trust has collaborated with conservation partners and landowners to protect over 46,000 acres of land through the establishment of conservation easements – bringing the organization’s total protection to over 78,000 acres. Stuart's fifteen years of non-profit management includes leadership roles with the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce and the SC Waterfowl Association. Additionally, his work in sales and marketing includes ten years in the outdoor recreation industry.

Rural Broadband Expansion

  1. Jim Stritzinger is the founder of Revolution D, Inc., a technology consulting firm that specializes in applied uses of AI technology - especially the deployment of highspeed Internet in rural communities nationwide. Jim has held roles with public, private, academic and entrepreneurial organizations. Early in his career Jim launched his own custom software company, ClearView Software, which later became part of Microsoft Business Solutions (2000). Since Microsoft, Jim’s multifaceted career includes forming SC’s private equity organization (SC Launch) and working with several non-profits including IT-oLogy and Connect SC. In addition, he served as Director of the Center for Applied Innovation and Advanced Analytics and Entrepreneur in Residence at the Arnold School of Public Health at USC. Jim holds a BS in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from NC State University and a Master of Health Information Technology (MHIT) from USC.
  2. Representative Jay West currently serves as the Chairman, Labor Commerce & Industry legislative Subcommittee. Dr. West was born in Belton, SC, graduated from Erskine College, and obtained his doctorate in Relational Dynamics. He served in the administration of his alma mater, Erskine College (1994-2007) where he developed cooperative research and technology with Duke Energy, Sprint, and Verizon, while also founding an institute for statesmanship and a small business incubator. Afterwards Dr. West served as the CEO for an economic development firm and in 2009 founded a consulting business which he continues today. His clients have included manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies, state agencies, non-profits, engineering and law firms, tech and energy companies. Dr. West was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives in 2016 and has served on numerous committees and subcommittees.

HBCU Leadership in Rural South Carolina

  1. Dr. James Clark, President, South Carolina State University (SCSU). Serving as SCSU’s 12th President, Clark brings to the presidency a data-driven, results-oriented, business approach that launches and drives positive outcomes. His proven experiences in leading Fortune 5-500 companies has prepared him to lead and move SCSU to the next level. Clark served on the Benedict College Board of Trustees for 18 years; three-term Chair of the USC’s Research Foundation; served as an SC State Board member where he chaired the Finance and Management committee; and served as an Executive Director of the prestigious Bell Lab, the most respected research institution in the world at the time. Clark earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); holds a Master of Science Degree in Management (Marketing) from MIT Sloan School of Management; an Honorary Doctor of Engineering and Technology from SCSU, and further studies in Global Leadership and Senior Management Development programs at the University of Michigan and Indiana University.
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