Transforming Rural Economies with the WealthWorks Approach: Stories from the Field

The WealthWorks approach to economic development recognizes the potential for urban and rural areas to work together to create sustainable, resilient, and equitable communities. Many regions around the country are succeeding in transforming economies and growing local businesses by fostering greater linkages between cities and rural places. This session will highlight two such stories, and will engage the audience in a couple of simple exercises to demonstrate basic principles of the WealthWorks approach. Be prepared to get out of your seat!


Barbara Wyckoff
Co-Founder, Creative Disruptors, Inc.

Amy Hause
Economic Vitality Consultant, Rural Development Initiatives

Michelle Martin
Director of Community and Economic Development, NeighborWorks Umpqua

Leslie Schaller
Director of Programs, Appalachian Center for Economic Networks (ACEnet)

Jason Coomes
Energy Programs Manager, Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED)

Track: Revitalizing Rural Economies

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