Reinventing Rural America
Join us to hear our expert speakers on sustainable practices in economic development, agriculture, renewable energy, building construction, environmental restoration, and rural broadband.
WHEN: Friday October 4, 2019
WHERE: at the Rustic Lodge in Indiana PA
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
DETAILS: Breakfast/Registration at 8:30 a.m. Includes lunch.
Free and open to the public; attend any or all of the presentations.
The final report of the Task Force was presented at Summit II, on September 28, 2018. This year’s Summit celebrates the efforts of the Task Force and its community to pursue the opportunities and recommendations outlined in the report. A panel of group leaders will share their successes and plans for future action. Guest speakers will highlight opportunities for promoting economic and workforce development, and citizen education, within each of the issue areas.
Summit III Guest Speakers
Chloe Drew & Jennica Hopkins
Mother Earth Farm, PA
Chloe Drew & Jennica Hopkins are twin sisters who own and operate Mother Earth Farm PA. As farmers and owners, Chloe and Jennica focus on growing their produce using sustainable practices including no-till, on-farm inputs and locally sourced manure and food waste to enrich the soil.
Senior Strategist, Downstream Strategies Inc.
As the technical expert for the Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition, Mr. James has helped communities throughout West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio develop project plans, quantify impacts of potential projects, and secure implementation funding for transformational land reuse projects.
Matthew Alan Mahoney
Western PA Program Manager, KEEA
Matthew Alan Mahoney was born and raised in Bairdford, Pennsylvania, a small coal townorth of Pittsburgh. In 2018, Matt began working with the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA), a nonprofit committed to advancing the energy efficiency industry.
Sascha Meinrath, Ph.D.
Palmer Chair in Telecommunications at Penn State University
Meinrath’s research focuses on broadband connectivity, distributed communications, Digital Feudalism, Digital Craftsmanship, telecommunications and spectrum policy, cybersecurity and privacy, and the impacts of disruptive technology, and is a testament to his lifelong commitment to promoting social and economic justice.
Emily Rhodes, AICP
Technical Assistance & Planning Manager, Just Transition Fund
Emily provides technical assistance and community planning support at the Just Transition Fund. With a background in urban planning, Emily’s work has focused on resilience and land use planning throughout the Midwest.
Greg Winks & Will Brown
Solbridge Energy Advisors