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2012 Rural Partners Forum Agenda

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16
9:00 REGISTRATION OPENS
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.
  • REPORT FROM THE NEW GENERATION ADVISORY COUNCIL
    State Representative Carolyn Justice, Vice Chair, New Generation Advisory Council
  • MEET THE FIERY SPIRITS*: A New Generation of Entrepreneurs
    Video Feature and Panel:
    • Dayna Stubee, Copper Pot and Wooden Spoon, Waynesville
    • T.J. Harper, Super 8 Clothing Brand, Greenville
    • Laura Lobdell, Printed Hues, LLC, Hampstead
    • Michelle Huntting, Miss Belle's Institute for Elite Dog Trainers, Raeford
    • Larry Biggs, Business Counselor, Pitt Community College

*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.”

3:00 BREAK
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.
  • ASSETS, CHALLENGES, TRANSFORMATIONAL ACTIONS
    • Keith Crisco, N.C. Secretary of Commerce
    • Teresa Patterson, Site Purchasing Manager, Caterpillar Inc., Sanford
    • Grant Godwin, President, Polaris Associates, and N.C. Rural Center Board
  • MEET THE FIERY SPIRITS
    Video Feature and Panel:
    • Bob Harold, Plant Manager, Stanley Furniture
    • Andy Cable, Economic Developer, Graham County
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...
  • Good Food – A bountiful reception featuring North Carolina grown foods
  • Good Music – Special entertainment also "grown" in rural North Carolina
  • Networking – As much time as you want to catch up with rural friends
  • PLUS – for the first time, participate in the Silent Auction for REDI Scholarships, sponsored by alumni of the center’s Rural Economic Development Institute. This is your chance to bid on baskets brimming with North Carolina goodies, trips to beautiful North Carolina destinations and other fine North Carolina gifts. All contributions will support scholarships for rural leaders who would not otherwise be able to attend the institute.
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.
  • ASSETS, CHALLENGES, TRANSFORMATIONAL ACTIONS
    • Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler
    • Faylene Whitaker, Chair, Agricultural Advancement Consortium
  • MEET THE FIERY SPIRITS
    Video Feature and Panel:
    • Shawn and Tracey Harding, Owners, Southside Farms, Beaufort County
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.
  • ASSETS, CHALLENGES, TRANSFORMATIONAL ACTIONS
    • Myrick Howard, President, Preservation NC
  • MEET THE FIERY SPIRITS
    Video Feature and Panel:
    • Anne-Marie Knighton, Town Manager, Edenton
    • Fred Belledin, Principal, Clearscapes
Vacant No More – New Life, New Purpose for Rural Business Properties North Carolina’s rural communities have hundreds of vacant business properties. Some say it’s time for the bulldozer. Others see nothing but possibilities. Learn how rural leaders are turning eyesores into economic advantage.
  • ASSETS, CHALLENGES, TRANSFORMATIONAL ACTIONS
    • Bonnie Renfro, 2011 President, N.C. Economic Developers Association
    • Brian Crutchfield, Retired Director of Sustainable Development, Blue Ridge Electric, and Rural Center Board
  • MEET THE FIERY SPIRITS
    Video Feature and Panel:
    • Joyce Dickens, President, Rocky Mount-Edgecombe CDC
    • Charles Penny, Manager, Rocky Mount
10:00 BREAK
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.
  • ASSETS, CHALLENGES, TRANSFORMATIONAL ACTIONS
    • Dr. Zakiya Leggett, Scientist, Weyerhaeuser, Vanceboro
  • MEET THE FIERY SPIRITS
    Video Feature and Panel:
    • Mike Grubermann, Town Planner, retired, Franklin
    • Carol Shields, Community Trainer, Scotland Neck
Commercial Fishing: A New Era of Competition, Survival While seafood consumption is on the upswing, North Carolina has experienced a significant decrease in families making their living on the water. Now new strategies are improving the prospects for one of North Carolina’s oldest occupations.
  • ASSETS, CHALLENGES, TRANSFORMATIONAL ACTIONS
    • John Kros, Associate Professor, ECU College of Business
  • MEET THE FIERY SPIRITS
    Video Feature and Panel:
    • Hardy Plyler, Fisherman and Manager of Ocracoke Fish House
    • Sara Mirabilio, Fisheries Specialist, N.C. Sea Grant
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.
  • ASSETS, CHALLENGES, TRANSFORMATIONAL ACTIONS
    • Roger Shackleford, Assistant Secretary for Workforce Solutions, N.C. Department of Commerce
  • MEET THE FIERY SPIRITS
    Video Feature and Panel:
    • Howard Jones, President, Opportunities Industrialization Center of Wilson
    • Sonya Bunch, Graduate of JobsNow Plus, OIC Wilson
    • Scott Darnell, Executive Director, Burke Development Inc.
    • Jim Clement, Graduate of Project Renew, Burke Development Inc.
11:55 Closing Remarks
12:00

LUNCH
ANNOUNCEMENT OF RURAL GRANT & LOAN OPPORTUNITIES

Billy Ray Hall, Rural Center President

Remarks by Legislative Leadership

North Carolina Senator Brent Jackson

North Caroina Representative David Lewis

Special Legislative Recognitions

 

1:30 FORUM CONCLUDES
2:00
- 3:00
How to Apply Workshops(convene immediately following forum)
  • Economic Infrastructure Program
  • Economic Innovation Grants
  • Building Reuse and Restoration Grants
  • New Generation Leaders Grants/Rural Economic Development Institute
  • Rural Community Mobilization Project

Return to 2012 Forum home

LEADERSHIP

EnterprisingCommunities Header2-1 cropped

Return to 2012 Forum home

2012 Rural Partners Forum Agenda

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16
9:00 REGISTRATION OPENS
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.
  • REPORT FROM THE NEW GENERATION ADVISORY COUNCIL
    State Representative Carolyn Justice, Vice Chair, New Generation Advisory Council
  • MEET THE FIERY SPIRITS*: A New Generation of Entrepreneurs
    Video Feature and Panel:
    • Dayna Stubee, Copper Pot and Wooden Spoon, Waynesville
    • T.J. Harper, Super 8 Clothing Brand, Greenville
    • Laura Lobdell, Printed Hues, LLC, Hampstead
    • Michelle Huntting, Miss Belle's Institute for Elite Dog Trainers, Raeford
    • Larry Biggs, Business Counselor, Pitt Community College

*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.”

3:00 BREAK
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.
  • ASSETS, CHALLENGES, TRANSFORMATIONAL ACTIONS
    • Keith Crisco, N.C. Secretary of Commerce
    • Teresa Patterson, Site Purchasing Manager, Caterpillar Inc., Sanford
    • Grant Godwin, President, Polaris Associates, and N.C. Rural Center Board
  • MEET THE FIERY SPIRITS
    Video Feature and Panel:
    • Bob Harold, Plant Manager, Stanley Furniture
    • Andy Cable, Economic Developer, Graham County
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...
  • Good Food – A bountiful reception featuring North Carolina grown foods
  • Good Music – Special entertainment also "grown" in rural North Carolina
  • Networking – As much time as you want to catch up with rural friends
  • PLUS – for the first time, participate in the Silent Auction for REDI Scholarships, sponsored by alumni of the center’s Rural Economic Development Institute. This is your chance to bid on baskets brimming with North Carolina goodies, trips to beautiful North Carolina destinations and other fine North Carolina gifts. All contributions will support scholarships for rural leaders who would not otherwise be able to attend the institute.
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.
  • ASSETS, CHALLENGES, TRANSFORMATIONAL ACTIONS
    • Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler
    • Faylene Whitaker, Chair, Agricultural Advancement Consortium
  • MEET THE FIERY SPIRITS
    Video Feature and Panel:
    • Shawn and Tracey Harding, Owners, Southside Farms, Beaufort County
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.
  • ASSETS, CHALLENGES, TRANSFORMATIONAL ACTIONS
    • Myrick Howard, President, Preservation NC
  • MEET THE FIERY SPIRITS
    Video Feature and Panel:
    • Anne-Marie Knighton, Town Manager, Edenton
    • Fred Belledin, Principal, Clearscapes
Vacant No More – New Life, New Purpose for Rural Business Properties North Carolina’s rural communities have hundreds of vacant business properties. Some say it’s time for the bulldozer. Others see nothing but possibilities. Learn how rural leaders are turning eyesores into economic advantage.
  • ASSETS, CHALLENGES, TRANSFORMATIONAL ACTIONS
    • Bonnie Renfro, 2011 President, N.C. Economic Developers Association
    • Brian Crutchfield, Retired Director of Sustainable Development, Blue Ridge Electric, and Rural Center Board
  • MEET THE FIERY SPIRITS
    Video Feature and Panel:
    • Joyce Dickens, President, Rocky Mount-Edgecombe CDC
    • Charles Penny, Manager, Rocky Mount
10:00 BREAK
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.
  • ASSETS, CHALLENGES, TRANSFORMATIONAL ACTIONS
    • Dr. Zakiya Leggett, Scientist, Weyerhaeuser, Vanceboro
  • MEET THE FIERY SPIRITS
    Video Feature and Panel:
    • Mike Grubermann, Town Planner, retired, Franklin
    • Carol Shields, Community Trainer, Scotland Neck
Commercial Fishing: A New Era of Competition, Survival While seafood consumption is on the upswing, North Carolina has experienced a significant decrease in families making their living on the water. Now new strategies are improving the prospects for one of North Carolina’s oldest occupations.
  • ASSETS, CHALLENGES, TRANSFORMATIONAL ACTIONS
    • John Kros, Associate Professor, ECU College of Business
  • MEET THE FIERY SPIRITS
    Video Feature and Panel:
    • Hardy Plyler, Fisherman and Manager of Ocracoke Fish House
    • Sara Mirabilio, Fisheries Specialist, N.C. Sea Grant
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.
  • ASSETS, CHALLENGES, TRANSFORMATIONAL ACTIONS
    • Roger Shackleford, Assistant Secretary for Workforce Solutions, N.C. Department of Commerce
  • MEET THE FIERY SPIRITS
    Video Feature and Panel:
    • Howard Jones, President, Opportunities Industrialization Center of Wilson
    • Sonya Bunch, Graduate of JobsNow Plus, OIC Wilson
    • Scott Darnell, Executive Director, Burke Development Inc.
    • Jim Clement, Graduate of Project Renew, Burke Development Inc.
11:55 Closing Remarks
12:00

LUNCH
ANNOUNCEMENT OF RURAL GRANT & LOAN OPPORTUNITIES

Billy Ray Hall, Rural Center President

Remarks by Legislative Leadership

North Carolina Senator Brent Jackson

North Caroina Representative David Lewis

Special Legislative Recognitions

 

1:30 FORUM CONCLUDES
2:00
- 3:00
How to Apply Workshops(convene immediately following forum)
  • Economic Infrastructure Program
  • Economic Innovation Grants
  • Building Reuse and Restoration Grants
  • New Generation Leaders Grants/Rural Economic Development Institute
  • Rural Community Mobilization Project

Return to 2012 Forum home