Sunday, June 23

Young Practitioners Leadership Training & Pre-Conference Meetings

Rural issues are extremely important to you – but how do you make them relevant for other people you’ll need to achieve your vision? At this day-long, intensive training, you’ll learn how to strengthen your leadership abilities and hone the skills and capacity you’ll need to tell a story that mobilizes others to act. Marshall Ganz, professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, created this unique opportunity for rising rural leaders. This session is limited to 35 participants who are in the early stages of their careers and working in institutions or grassroots organizations that support rural communities.  

7:30am                Breakfast

8:30am                Welcome and introduction to the day

9:00am                Public Narrative Training

10:30am               Break

10:45am               Public Narrative Training

12:30pm               Lunch

1:30pm                 Public Narrative Training

3:00pm                Break

3:45pm                 Public Narrative Training

5:00pm                Adjourn

Sunday evening activities

3:00pm                Registration opens

6:00pm                2013 National Rural Assembly Reception

                           Join us for drinks and light hors d’oeuvres in Foyer A-B.

7:00pm                Dinner & Program

8:00pm                Adjourn


Monday, June 24

Rural Narrative for an Inclusive Nation

What makes rural issues relevant? Today we’ll take a look at all of the factors and faces, people and places that create the real rural America, and compare our current reality with existing perceptions. As we explore ways to create a more progressive narrative for and about rural America, we will focus heavily on the shifting demographics and political changes currently underway in our rural communities. We’ll also explore the opportunities these changes present for rural places to take the lead in building a more sustainable and inclusive nation.  

6:30am                Zumba!

Need a good morning workout to get your rural policy day started off right?  Join us for a certified Zumba workout!  All experience levels welcome.

Instructor: Angelic Mister, Family Self Sufficiency Program Administrator, South Delta Regional Housing Authority

7:30am                Registration opens

7:30am                Breakfast

8:30am                Welcome from the National Rural Assembly Steering Committee

8:45am                Plenary:  Who We Think We Are: The Story of Who We are Becoming

Four individuals share the story of their rural place to weave an emerging narrative focused on the new rural--more diverse, inclusive, and open to social and cultural change.  Strong media content will drive this conservation, with participation from speakers across multiple sectors.  Moderated by Dee Davis, President of Center for Rural Strategies and publisher of the Daily Yonder

Confirmed speakers:

Marlene Chavez, Colonias Policy Analyst/Educator with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid
Rev. James Patterson, President, Partnership of African American Churches
M. A. Pember, independent journalist
Erik Stegman, Half in Ten Manager, Center for American Progress

10:00am               Break

10:30am               Plenary: Immigration and Rural Communities

As a nation of immigrants, we continue to influence American identity, values, and culture with our varied backgrounds and experiences.  Those of us who have made our home in rural America—from Indian Country to the Delta, from Appalachia to the Southwest—continue to play a crucial role in settling, developing, and sustaining these communities. From the Italian stonemasons that settled in Appalachia, to the Chinese workers who built the transcontinental railroad, to the Mexican brazeros that powered the agricultural industry of the South, generations of immigrants continue to revitalize communities, reverse out-migration, sustain traditions, and invigorate the economy of rural towns. Panelists will address the changing demographics of rural areas, the contributions immigrants make to rural communities, and the impact of Immigration Reform in creating opportunities for rural places to take the lead in building a more sustainable and inclusive nation. Moderated by Edyael Casaperalta, Program and Research Associate for Center for Rural Strategies

Confirmed speakers:

L. Patricia Ice, MIRA Legal Project Director, Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance
Doug McKalip, Senior Policy Advisor for Rural Affairs, White House Domestic Policy Council
Angelica Orbe, member, United Farm Workers Foundation
Julia Perez, Associate Director, The harvest/La Cosecha

Entrepreneur: small businesses and community development

11:30am                Live Streaming: National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference, Reno, NV

Native communities are critical hubs of innovation, particularly in areas such as health care, renewable energy, green jobs, and youth empowerment. Tune into NCAI’s mid-year conference in Reno, Nevada and listen to a message from NCAI President Jefferson Keel.             

12:00pm              Lunch

1:30am                 Plenary: Rural America: Essential to the Nation

What makes rural communities crucial to the nation's strength and health? What are the key factors preventing this reality from being recognized and taken into account? We’ll ask practitioners from the field to offer snapshots of the role rural people and communities are ready to play as leaders on some of the greatest issues of our time.  They’ll address climate change, healthcare, and broadband. Moderated by Dylan Kruse, Sustainable Northwest

Confirmed speakers:

Steph Larsen, Assistant Director of Organizing, Center for Rural Affairs
Clay Pope, Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts
Marnie Werner, Center for Rural Policy and Development

 2:30pm                Break

3:00pm                Re-convene: Networking Exercise

3:30pm                Plenary: The story of Self, the story of Us, the story Now

Rural is essential to our nation. Our young people are our nation's greatest resource. Right now, our rural youth are ready and able to reclaim their story, the story of opportunity, the story of us, the story of now. In this session Monique Miles, deputy director of the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions and participants from yesterday's Young Professionals Leadership Training session, along with Amy Sterndale, communications director from the Carsey Institute, will provide examples of how they are reframing the rural story with passion and data, making it relevant to the nation. Moderated by Amy Sterndale, Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire

4:30pm                What to expect tomorrow: panels, breakouts, and more!

5:00pm                Adjourn to reception

                            Join us for drinks and light hor d’oeuvres in Foyer A-C.

Dinner on your own.  Or sign up throughout the day for one of our Dine-Arounds!  Sign-ups located at registration booth in Foyer A-C.


Tuesday, June 25

Reaching for Rural Resources

In politics they say that success takes money and people. This truism also applies to building stronger rural communities. Hear about how we are doing. Learn about how we can improve.

6:30am                Zumba!

Need a good morning workout to get your rural policy day started off right?  Join us in Salon D for a certified Zumba workout!  All experience levels welcome.

Instructor: Angelic Mister, Family Self Sufficiency Program Administrator, South Delta Regional Housing Authority

7:30am                Registration/information booth opens

7:30am                Breakfast

8:30am                Good morning & overview of the day

8:45am                Plenary: Messages That Resonate: Frames for advancing economic opportunity in rural America

This session focuses on how we craft messages about rural America that engage and build support among rural Americans for public policies that create genuine opportunity. The speakers will report on the findings of a just completed poll of rural voters in three key regions. The poll reveals views of rural voters on economic conditions in rural America, causes of economic problems in rural communities and the role of government in addressing those problems. It tests messages for use by rural advocates in engaging the rural grassroots and prompting them to act on policy change.  Speakers will discuss the implications of the findings for rural advocates working to prompt rural Americans to get more active in the democratic process and elected officials to get more responsive to rural economic concerns. Moderated by Dwight Langhum, Langhum Mitchell Communications, Inc.

Confirmed speakers

Chuck Hassebrook, Executive Director, Center for Rural Affairs    

Celinda Lake, President, Lake Research Partners

Bill Greener, Founding partner, Greener and Hook, LLC

Ed Goeas, President and C.E.O. , The Tarrance Group

10:00am               Break

10:30am               Keynote Address, Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services       

11:15am                 Keynote Address, Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

11:45am                Plenary: The State of Rural Philanthropy: Changing it.

This panel is to explore the challenges of rural philanthropy, that is rural grantmaking foundations, not from a perspective of what can rural nonprofits do to make themselves more attractive to foundations, but what is it about foundations and overall institutional philanthropy that is a structural impediment to rural nonprofits accessing the over $600b in tax exempt assets controlled by private and public (community) foundations.  Although there are overall trends that show how philanthropy has hardly come close to addressing the challenge of some years ago of doubling its support for rural nonprofits, within each sphere or subgroup of rural nonprofits—community economic groups, health clinics, arts and culture groups—there are distinctive challenges as well.   Moderated by Carol Blackmon, Quitman County Development Organization

Confirmed speakers:

Rick Cohen, National Correspondent, Nonprofit Quarterly

Robert L. Jackson, Mississippi State Senate

Sandra Mikush, Deputy Director, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

1:00pm                 Lunch

2:00pm                Breakout Sessions                                                

                              See insert for selections and room numbers

3:15pm                 Break

3:45pm                Second set of breakout sessions

                              See insert for selections and room numbers

5:00pm                Adjourn to reception

Dinner on your own. Or sign up throughout the day for one of our Dine-Arounds!  Sign-ups located at registration booth in Foyer A-C.


Wednesday, June 26

Call to Action

On this final day we’ll bring all the pieces together into a narrative that addresses a new, more progressive agenda for rural America.  Participants are encouraged to take newfound insights and lessons-learned into breakout sessions led by members of the White House Rural Council.  These sessions will offer participants the opportunity to respond to priorities affecting rural policy as outlined by the Administration. 

6:30am                Zumba!

Need a good morning workout to get your rural policy day started off right?  Join us in Salon D for a certified Zumba workout!  All experience levels welcome.

Instructor: Angelic Mister, Family Self Sufficiency Program Administrator, South Delta Regional Housing Authority

7:30am                 Information booth opens

7:30am                 Breakfast

8:30am                 Overview of day

8:45-10:00am      White House Rural Council Breakout Sessions, Doug McKalip, Senior Policy Advisor on Rural Affairs

Get an introduction to the White House Rural Council and then select a breakout session led by a Council member focused on one of four topics:

Wayne Ting (National Economic Council) & Michael Chodos,  Associate Administrator for Entrepreneurial Development, U.S. Small Business Administration - Finance & Entrepreneurship: small businesses and community development

Doug McKalip (Domestic Policy Council) - Rural Opportunity: jobs, job training, and other workforce issues

Jay Jensen (Council on Environmental Quality) & Ann Acheson, Deputy Associate Director for Lands within CEQ - Conservation: natural resource management, climate change, and energy

Tom Morris (HHS), Jessica Zufolo (USDA), & John White (ED) - Quality of Life: healthcare, education, and other quality of life issues

 

10:15- 10:45am     Closing Remarks & Adjourn