On behalf of the Board of Directors and the entire staff of the N. C. Rural Center, we want to thank you for making the 2016 N. C. Rural Assembly a success. Our front porch conversation with rural leaders continued with great speakers, great resource organizations and presentations from the candidates seeking to lead our state in the years to come as Governor and United States Senator. We managed to celebrate some rural success through our six annual award winners, and we even enjoyed a trip down memory lane with Andy, Barney and Aunt Bea as we previewed a new documentary on "The Real Mayberry". It reminded us all of why we love and cherish our small rural North Carolina towns. We'll be posting all our conference presentations and content online shortly, and we'll be sending you a survey seeking your feedback in helping us plan for the 2017 N. C. Rural Assembly. It's less than a year away!
All the best from all of us,
DAY ONE: MONDAY,SEPTEMBER 26
12:00 Registration Opens
1:30 Concurrent Workshops
• Medicaid Expansion or State Alternative:Discussion of the Best Choices for Rural North Carolina, Smith
• Health Change Agents: Amplified Community Health by Connecting Community Sectors, Reynolds
• Opioid/Heroin Epidemic Response: The Economic Development Implications, Cameron
3:15 Concurrent Workshops (Repeated)
4:45 Rural Resource Fair & Networking Reception, Mendenhall
6:15 Dinner and Rural Awards Presentations, Carolina Ballroom
DAY TWO: TUESDAY,SEPTEMBER 27
8:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks, Carolina Ballroom
• Patrick Woodie,President, N.C. Rural Center
9:00 Attorney General Roy Cooper, Candidate for Governor
9:15 Framing the Connections Between Health and Economic Development
Moderator:Anita Brown Graham, Professor of Public Law and Government, UNC
• Al Delia,Director,Office of Health Access, ECU
• Dr.Mark Holmes,Director,Sheps Center for Health Services Research,UNC
10:45 Building the Health Care Delivery Infrastructure of the Future
Moderator: Dr. Steffanie Williams, President, Vance-Granville Community College
• Dr.Gary Gunderson, FaithHealthNC/Wake Forest Baptist Hospital
• Anna' B'aucom,Chairman,Anson County Board of Commissioners
• Gary Henderson, Assistant Vice President, Carolinas HealthCare System Anson
11:45 Governor Pat McCrory, Candidate for Governor
Noon Lunch Program
Invocation: Reverend Richard Joyner,Pastor,Conetoe Missionary Baptist Church Founder,Conetoe Family Life Center
Spotlight Presentations by Rural Health Innovators:
• Dr. Warren Newton, UNC School of Medicine
• Bryan Toomey, Piedmont Health
1:00 Former State Representative Deborah Ross, Candidate for U.S. Senate
1:30 Health Workforce and Education: Growing Your Own and Recruitment Strategies
Moderator: Linda Weiner, Vice President of Engagement and Strategic Innovation, NC Community Colleges, Rural Center Board of Directors
• Dr. Mary Rittling, President, Davidson County Community College
• Alice Schenall, Area L AHEC, Rural Center Board of Directors
• Chris Collins, Director, North Carolina Office of Rural Health
2:30 Senator Richard Burr, Candidate for U.S. Senate
2:45 Innovative Partnerships and How Rural North Carolina Moves Forward
Moderator, Al Delia, Director, Office of Health Access, ECU
• Mary Blackburn,Vice President for Growth and Market Development, Hugh Chatham Hospital,Elkin
• Larry Phillips, Surry County Commissioner, Executive Committee Member of N.C. Association of County Commissioners
• Mike Norman,retired Human Resources Director, PVH Corporation Karl Stauber, President, Danville Regional Foundation
Excellence Awards 2016
Alicia Parker, Young Entrepreneur
Alicia Parker is Owner and Director of Royalty Health & Wellness Resources, P.C., a Registered Nurse, and a participant in the Rural Center’s New Generation Ventures program. She joined Ventures with a vision of starting a home healthcare agency after noticing the aging population in her community and the lack of quality care to help assist this population. During her time as a Ventures client, she has faced many challenges, but despite them all, Alicia still made her business a success. Royalty Health & Wellness Resources now has 30 employees and is one of the top home healthcare companies in Rockingham County serving over 35 clients.
Katy McLean Gould, Microenterprise Partner
Katy McLean Gould is the Small Business Center Director at Haywood Community College. Katy’s focus is on increasing business startups and job creation through quality one-on-one counseling, educational seminars and informational resources. Katy has been a long time supporter and advocate of the Microenterprise Loan Program and other programs at the Rural Center. In the past year, she has assisted a number of established and potential small business owners through the microenterprise loan process. Through these efforts, her clients have secured $50,000 in loan capital helping them to create or retain eight jobs in Haywood County.
North State Bank, Community Bank
As a leading participant in the Rural Center’s Small Business Credit Initiative, North State Bank has enrolled over $25 million in loans in the Loan Participation Program. These 37 small business loans have supported the creation or retention of 320 jobs in North Carolina. North State Bank, founded in 2000 in Raleigh, has seven branches in Wake and New Hannover counties and focuses on professionals and their firms, community association management companies, churches, and non-profit organizations.
Rutherfordton, Small Town
Rutherfordton realized that connecting with its citizens and the outside world is important. It has a new brand, marketing collateral, trail guides, street banners, two new websites, new downtown signage and increased social media. They’re connecting outdoor activity and history with the new Purple Mountain Greenway, Downtown Historic Walking Trail, and the Gold Mile – part of the NC Gold Trail. Partnerships are key, including offering STEM activities at KidSenses Museum and STEM programs at their elementary and middle schools; creating an online downtown business development resource; and redeveloping downtown buildings.
Jamilla Hawkins, Young Leader
Jamilla Hawkins is the Community & Rural Development Agent at the Edgecombe County Extension Center. She is a 2012 graduate of REDI and led the N.C. Rural Center’s New Generation Leaders program in Edgecombe County. In the community, Ms. Hawkins serves as an active board member of The Conservation Trust for North Carolina, the N.C. Folklife Institute, TALKS Mentoring Eastern Shore, ECU’s Tourism Advisory Council, Edgecombe County Charitable Trust, and the Furman Matheson Advisory Board.
Freddie Killough, Rural Leader
Freddie Killough is a native of McDowell County and grew up on a family farm with six siblings. She and her husband, Woody, have owned Killough’s Music in downtown Marion since 1988. Freddie serves as the Executive Director of the Marion Business Association and works with new and expanding businesses. She’s a certified REAL instructor, a Microenterprise Intake Professional, a graduate of REDI XVII and a leader in Marion’s STEP for Small Business program.