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Friday, May 18, 1:00–4:00

Pre-Session Presented by Becky McCray:
Shift Happens: The BOLD Question Behind Rural Problems We All Face
Cost of the pre-session is $45.

Friday, May 18, 6:00–8:00

Bridges Between Rural & Urban Networking Reception, Hosted by The Ford Family Foundation
RSVP required.

Saturday, May 19, 8:30–9:30

Welcome & Opener

Saturday, May 19, 9:30–10:00


Saturday, May 19, 10:00–11:30

Embracing Tomorrow’s Workforce: How Rural Communities Can Prepare Its Workforce for Tomorrow’s Jobs
Clues to Creating Entrepreneurial Success
A Watershed Moment Cascading Forward: Economic and Ecologic Approaches to Water Management in the Northwest
Roadmap for Building Community Networks: Presented by a Network of Rural Community Builders

Saturday, May 19, 11:45–12:45

Networking Lunch

Saturday, May 19, 1:00–2:30

Bring on the Broadband: Infrastructure in Rural
Transforming Rural Economies with Urban Market Demand
Participación de la Communidad
Opportunities to Invest in Rural: The Rebirth of Traditional Rural-Based Sectors
The Secret Sauce for Catalytic Community Building

Saturday, May 19, 2:30–3:00


Saturday, May 19, 3:00–4:30

Navigating the Challenges of Rural Housing
Rural Economic Diversification and Innovation: The New Growth Sectors
Align to Thrive: Philanthropy & Rural Prosperity
21st Century Forests
#WeAreRural: Perceptions of People and Economies in Rural Places

Saturday, May 19, 4:45–5:45


Saturday, May 19, 6:00–7:30

Dinner & Celebration

Saturday, May 19, 7:30–8:00


Sunday, May 20, 7:30–9:15 


Sunday, May 20, 9:30–11:00

The Future of Rural Farms, Ranches, & Businesses
Rural Community Shark Tank

Sunday, May 20, 11:00–12:00

Keynote: What If We Were Bold?