Rural Washington Conference 2011  

Agenda

Saturday, March 19th

7:00 A.M. Registration and a chance to visit the Exhibit Area to see vendor booths and information

7:30 A.M. Opening Remarks: Rob McDaniel, Washington State University Extension

7:45 A.M. Opening Keynote: Roger Brooks, CEO, Destination Development International

Conference Brochure 

Workshops: 8:30 A.M. to 10:00 A.M.

 

 

A: Community Vitality

B: Economic Development

C: Workforce Development

A1) Building Personal Wealth in Your Community: Tools & Strategies

Location: 1608

Facilitator: Candi Jaeger, OIC/The Prosperity Center
Presenters: Molly Morris, NW Native Asset Building Coalition; Lyn Peters, WA State Department of Financial Institutions; Stephanie Silver, Walla Walla Asset Building Coalition; and Linda Limbeck Building for the Future Coalition

B1) Small Community Tourism with Big Impacts

Location: 1609

Facilitator: Doreen Hauser-Lindstrom

Presenter: George Sharp, Executive Director – Olympia-Lacey- Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau

C1) Retooling Washington’s Workforce

Location: ATEC 1856

Facilitator:

Eleni Papadakis, Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board

Presenters: Mark Mattke, Executive Director – Spokane Area Workforce Development Council; Tim Gibbs, Executive Director of the Grays Harbor Economic Development Council

Why is it important?

An asset building approach helps people improve their economic future and achieve financial independence.

Why is it important?

Use tourism for economic development, marketing, and community image branding.

Why is it important?

Economic recovery is being built on a changing workforce landscape.

What will you learn?

Asset building strategies, EITC outreach, free tax prep sites, and you’ll go home with free financial education resources.

What will you learn?

This interactive session will provide you with tourism tools for economic development, marketing, & creative image branding.

What will you learn?

Learn more about how a fast-track initiative is changing how the workforce of the future is getting skilled up and placed into jobs.

A2) What Kids Need: Developmental Assets

Location: 1607

Facilitator: Krisan LeHew, WSUE

Presenter: Terri Elders, LCSW

B2) Keys to Rural Entrepreneurship Success

Location: 1601

 Overview  Project 

Facilitator: Patrick Malone, WSUE

Presenter: Erik Pages, EntreWorks Consulting

C2) e-Commerce: It’s Not Just for Big City Bu$iness

Location: ATEC 1837

 Commerce

 National Commerce 

Facilitator: Monica Babine, WSUE

Presenters: Christine Sanders, WSUE; Pamela Roberts, WSUE

Why is it important?

Studies show the more relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities young people have, the more likely they are to thrive.

Why is it important?

Supporting rural entrepreneurs can and should be an effective economic development strategy.

Why is it important?

Online sales are projected to grow at an amazing rate. It is critical for rural communities to utilize e-commerce and be a part of the global market place.

What will you learn?

Learn about the Search Institute’s Framework of Developmental Assets & their power; and the role communities have in the development of their youth.

What will you learn?

This session will offer ideas and suggestions based on leading national practices for building entrepreneurial rural communities.

What will you learn?

Learn about new internet businesses and e-Commerce success stories. National e-Commerce resources will be shared.

 

10:00 am Break: Enjoy refreshments and visit the Exhibit Area to see vendor booths and information

Workshops: 10:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

A: Community Vitality

B: Economic Development

C: Workforce Development

A3) Effective Fundrai$ing in Today’s Economy

Location: 1608

Facilitator: Krisan LeHew, WSUE

Presenter: Gael Treesiwin: WSUE Community Grants and Funding Coach

B3) Ingredients for Success

Location: 1601

Facilitator: Rob McDaniel WSUE

Presenter: Roger Brooks, Founder/CEO of Destination Development International

C3) Healthy Community, Healthy Economy

Location: ATEC 1855 A

Facilitator: Mike Brennan WT&ECB

Presenters: Tom O’Brien, Director of the Eastern WA Partnership Workforce Development Council; Ron O’Halloran, Administrator of the Ferry County Public Hospital District

Why is it important?

Nonprofit organizations are in every community and are often looking for money to survive.

Why is it important?

There are common elements that made 400 downtowns successful.

Why is it important?

Access to quality health care is essential to a community’s viability.

What will you learn?

The workshop will help you think creatively about how to fund your community organization or project.

What will you learn?

In this photographic "idea book" workshop, you’ll learn the 20 common ingredients, hear the stories, and see "how-they-did-it."

What will you learn?

Join this non-medical discussion to learn about attracting and retaining health care professionals in rural areas.

A4) Disaster Planning for Businesses

Location: 1607

Facilitator: Linda Williams, WSUE

Presenter: Susan Kerr, Director WSUE Klickitat County Extension

 

B4) Wood, Wind and Other Rural Resources: The Future of Energy in Small Towns

Location: ATEC 1837

Resources  Benerfits
Bio Mass  

Facilitator: Monica Babine, WSUE

Presenters: Paul Kimmell, Avista Corp.; Rod Fleck, City of Forks: Mike Canon, Klickitat County, and Ted Anderson, USDA

C4) PNW Centers of Excellence (Clean Energy, Agriculture, Marine Manufacturing & Technology, and Allied Health)

Location: ATEC 1856

Facilitator: Jamie Krause, Center of Excellence for Clean Energy

Presenters: Barbara Hins-Turner, Center of Excellence for Clean Energy; Jaime Clark, Center of Excellence for Agriculture; Ann Avary, Center of Excellence for Marine Manufacturing & Technology; Jane McCann, Center of Excellence for Allied Health

Why is it important?

Would your business survive a disaster?

Why is it important?

Rural communities have renewable energy opportunities because of the proximity of natural resources.

Why is it important?

Learn how the Centers for Excellence are serving rural Washington communities across key sectors that are vital to the state’s economy.

What will you learn?

This session will help you identify threats to your business and alert you to the actions needed for prevention, reduction of disaster impact, and quick recovery.

What will you learn?

Learn new developments and resources in energy efficient technologies that can supplement conventional energy while reducing costs and creating jobs.

What will you learn?

Hear from a nationally recognized organization that provides strategic coordination in energy, agriculture, marine manufacturing & technology, and allied health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12:00 P.M. Lunch and Panel Discussion:

Public Funding for Community Economic Development,moderated by Paul Johnson, USDA Rural Development

Mario Villanueva, State Director USDA Rural Development

Mary McBride, US Housing and Urban Development Northwest Regional Director

Workshops: 1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.

A: Community Vitality

B: Economic Development

C: Workforce Development

A5) Healthy Food Equals Healthy Communities

Location: 1608

  

Healthy Food  Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facilitators: Linda Williams, WSUE

Presenters: Stephanie Horace, Klickitat County Health Department and Klickitat Healthy People’s Alliance; Bruce Bolme, Gorge Grown board member

B5) USDA Rural Development Opportunity- Stronger Economies Together (SET)

Location: 1609

Facilitators:

Paul Johnson, USDA Rural Development; Doreen Hauser-Lindstrom, WSUE

C5) Doing More of What You Do Best

Location: ATEC 1856

Facilitator: Tom O’Brien, Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

Presenters: Tim Gibbs, Executive Director of the Grays Harbor EDC; Jim McKenna, Business Services Manager with WorkSource Kitsap County

Why is it important?

The shelves are bare of food! Why is food security important to your community? How can a food assessment help?

 

Why is it important?

Regional collaborating is the hot ticket to receive federal state, and private funding. USDA RD and WSUE are leading a new, national competitive training grant program.

Why is it important?

"Grow your jobs: don’t poach them." Communities are rallying around geographic concentrations of interconnected firms.

What will you learn?

Learn how food banks, community gardens, the Healthy People’s Alliance, and farmers markets have increased their food security in Klickitat and improved the overall health of the region. You’ll learn about the Buy Local Program too!

What will you learn?

Learn how rural communities and counties can learn to work together to develop a strong economic plan for the future.

What will you learn?

Learn how to identify and nurture existing successful industry clusters and encourage start-ups, business expansions, and industry recruitment.

A6) Got Broadband? Want Broadband? Let’s Talk!

Location: ATEC 1837

 

 Broadband  Committee
 Kittitas  Glenwood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Facilitator: Monica Babine, WSUE

Presenters: Will Saunders, WA State DIS Broadband Program; Betty Buckley, WA Independent Telephone Association; Linda Williams, WSUE

B6) Supporting Micro-Business Development

Location: 1601

Facilitator: Teresa Lemmons, WA State Microenterprise Assoc.

Presenters: Beth Oppliger, Enterprise for Equity; Candi Jaeger, OIC/The Prosperity Center; Art Tackett, Benton Franklin Council of Government

C6) Pacific Northwest Futures Game

Location: ATEC 1855 A

Facilitator: Tony Garcia & Krisan LeHew WSUE

Presenter: George Sharp, Executive Director Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau

Why is it important?

Broadband/high speed internet is increasingly critical for access to employment, healthcare, education, government and social services, and entertainment as well as communications.

Why is it important?

Entrepreneurship is considered to be the single biggest driver of job creation in rural communities.

Why is it important?

Decisions made today significantly impact your future.

What will you learn?

Learn about public and private sector broadband activities and investments in rural Washington. Hear how one region is working to increase broadband awareness and access.

What will you learn?

Interact with leaders that have successfully led small communities to a culture of entrepreneurship.

What will you learn?

Participate in a fun, economic development, decision-making game and learn the long term consequences of your decisions.

2:30 pm Break: Enjoy refreshments and visit the Exhibit Area

Workshops: 3:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.

 

A: Community Vitality

B: Economic Development

C: Workforce Development

A7) Prioritize Infrastructure Investments

Location: 1608

 Northport  Rosalia
 Infrastructure

Facilitator: Patrick Malone, WSUE

Presenters: Micki Harnois, CTA, Mayor of Rockford, and Horizons Leader; Nan Konishi, Rosalia City Council member and Horizons Leader; Kathy Jones, Northport Horizons Community Member

B7) Love What You do!

Location: 1609

Facilitator: Krisan LeHew, WSUE

Presenter: Muriel Meyer, Founder of Biz Ability, and chair of Colville Horizons

 

C7) Wanted: Work Experience for Young Adults

Location: ATEC 1856

Facilitator: Eleni Papadakis, Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board

Presenters: Brian Humphrey, Administrator of WorkSource Skagit County; Dawn Karber, Assistant Director of Workforce Operations with Spokane Area Workforce

Why is it important?

Inventory and prioritize your critical infrastructure needs in order to better approach public funders for investment assistance.

Why is it important?

Identify potential businesses that you could start, and be sure they meet your interest and goals.

Why is it important?

Early work experience is key to connecting young adults to their community.

What will you learn?

Hear successful communities share how they used the technical support available to them through public agencies.

What will you learn?

Take an entrepreneur personality test to uncover your true entrepreneur type.

What will you learn?

Brainstorm with leading youth experts on how to create more work opportunities, and a brighter future for young adults.

A8) Fostering Public-Private Partnerships

Location: 1607

Facilitator: Krisan LeHew, WSUE

Presenter: Sandra Everson, Northport Horizons Community Member

B8) Foreign Trade Zones and Port District Success Stories

Location: 1601

Facilitator: Terry Brewer, Grant County EDC

Presenters: Craig Baldwin, Port of Moses Lake; Pat Millard, Port of Warden; Cathy Potter, Port of Royal Slope; Bob Adler, Port of Mattawa 

Why is it important?

Active community members make your city stronger.

Why is it important?

Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ) can assist your businesses and port districts offer unique options.

What will you learn?

How to persevere in developing "partnerships" with other organizations and entities without giving up! Exploring what’s possible when you join hands with others.

What will you learn?

What is a Foreign Trade Zone? Small, rural community Port Commissioners will discuss FTZs and how they can assist your business.

4:30 Conference and Exhibits Booths close – travel safely home and change your communities!

     
 
 
 
 
   
 

 

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