2012 Rural Partners Forum Agenda
|TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16|
|1:30||WELCOME: Valeria Lee, Chair, Rural Center Board of Directors|
|1:40||DISCOVERING THE GREATNESS WITHIN
Remarks by Governor Beverly Perdue
An Innovative Look at Rural North Carolina's Assets, Billy Ray Hall, President, Rural Center
|2:15||ASSET 1: Youth and Young Adults
A New Generation of Rural Leaders, Stepping Forward At the 2011 forum, the Rural Center announced a major initiative to foster a new generation of rural business owners, skilled workers and economic and community leaders. The initiative is now running full speed and reaching young adults statewide. Find out what’s happening now and what’s in store.
*We draw the term fiery spirits from a CarnegieUK Trust report, which states that all remarkable rural initiatives have one thing in common: “committed, community-minded, can-do people who want to carry on living where they [are] and [understand] what they have to do. ...Individuals with the drive and imagination to devise unique ways to preserve and grow their own community.”
|3:15||ASSET 2: Manufacturing
It’s Not Your Father’s or Your Mother’s Factory Rural North Carolina lost nearly 175,000 manufacturing jobs in the last decade, but many believe that manufacturing is positioned for resurgence if we act now. Find out what all the excitement is about and what it can mean for your community.
|4:15||RURAL RESOURCE FAIR
One of the most popular features each year at the forum, the Rural Resources Fair is a fast moving event that allows participants to meet prospective funders and share their project ideas face to face. You’ll have the chance to connect with dozens of organizations that provide valuable resources to rural communities.
|6:00||CELEBRATE RURAL NORTH CAROLINA! Enjoy...
|8:00||DAY 1 EVENTS CONCLUDE|
|WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17|
|7:00||REGISTRATION, COUNTRY BREAKFAST|
|8:15||WELCOME TO THE FORUM, DAY 2|
|8:20||ASSET 3: North Carolina Farms
On-Farm Diversification Reaches New Heights, Puts Down New Roots Today’s smart farmers are highly diversified. They’re introducing specialty crops, new livestock and poultry breeds, recreational opportunities and on-farm food processing. Find out about this new wave of agriculture.
|9:00||ASSET 4: Historic and Commercial Properties
Preserving our Past, Investing in our Future North Carolina’s small towns and rural communities have numerous structures of historic significance. Reinvestment in these properties can be a boon to local tax bases and stimulate large scale economic development.
|10:15||ASSET 5: Natural Resources & Fisheries
Natural Resources, Rediscovered and Re-Imagined When jobs in traditional industries began to disappear, many rural North Carolinians took a fresh look at their natural resources and rediscovered their beauty, abundance and their economic potential.
|11:15||Asset 6: Our Rural Workforce
Breaking through the Barriers, Beating the Odds Closing the skills gap for thousands of unemployed, underemployed and unprepared rural workers is a daunting challenge. But innovative employers, educators and service providers are finding ways to prepare workers for the new economy.
Billy Ray Hall, Rural Center President
Remarks by Legislative Leadership
North Carolina Senator Brent Jackson
North Caroina Representative David Lewis
Special Legislative Recognitions
|How to Apply Workshops(convene immediately following forum)