Loading…
Attending this event?

Sign up or log in to bookmark your favorites and sync them to your phone or calendar.

Thursday, September 19
 

7:30am

Registration Opens
Thursday September 19, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
The Colonial Theatre 95 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431

8:30am

Welcome & Keynote Address by Wendy Guillies, Kauffman Foundation CEO
Speakers
avatar for Wendy Guillies

Wendy Guillies

President & CEO, The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Wendy Guillies is the president and chief executive officer of the Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States with more than $2 billion in assets.Guillies leads the Foundation’s work to boost student achievement... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
The Colonial Theatre 95 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431

10:00am

Paradigm shift: How the Arts can Make Your Message Bigger, Bolder, Brighter
Limited Capacity seats available

Tradition tells us arts need our support, but what if we turn that paradigm around? There are businesses and nonprofits all over rural areas using the arts to get attention, build their brand, and raise funding for special projects. From hosting major arts events to licensing artwork and more, participants will learn about radical models that are turning the preconception of a starving artist on its head. Businesses interested in leveraging the arts for their direct mission/purpose, artists and arts presenters looking for ways to work with businesses should attend this session and participate in a group brainstorm of other ways businesses can utilize the arts to fulfill their needs, and resources they can access to make connections with artists.  


Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
MoCo Arts 40 Roxbury St, Keene, NH 03431, USA

10:00am

Growing Stage 2 Businesses
Limited Capacity seats available

Second-stage companies have moved beyond the startup phase and have the intent and capability to grow. With generally 10 to 99 employees and between $1 million and $50 million in annual revenue, these companies are significant job-creators, bring in outside dollars, offer high-quality jobs and contribute to their community. Learn more about second-stage companies from the nation’s leading Stage 2 advocate, the Edward Lowe Foundation, including how to work with them and how to develop the kind of supportive culture they need to flourish.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Knapp

Michael Knapp

CEO, Green River
With professional roots in academic research and teaching, Michael founded GreenRiver in 2000, and has grown the company into an internationally renowned team ofsoftware architects and programmers. As CEO, Michael provides entrepreneurialleadership, and coordinates engagements with... Read More →
avatar for Nicole Carrier

Nicole Carrier

Co-Founder & President, Throwback Brewery
Nicole is Throwback Brewery's Marketing Guru, Chief Realist, and card-carrying M.B.A, handling marketing, business strategy, social media, and technology. Besides collaborating with both the brewers and the kitchen team about new recipe ideas (especially sausage recipes!), Nicole’s... Read More →
avatar for Rich Grogan

Rich Grogan

Executive Director, Northern Border Regional Commission
Rich Grogan is currently the Executive Director of the Northern Border Regional Commission, a Federal-State partnership for economic and community development focused on communities in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. Prior to NBRC, Rich served as the Executive Director... Read More →
avatar for Paul Bateson

Paul Bateson

General Manager of External Relations, The Edward Lowe Foundation
As the foundation’s general manager of External Relations, Paul Bateson is responsible for developing a strong national presence for the foundation and managing relationships with our partners in entrepreneurship and economic development. He also oversees Economic Gardening® and... Read More →



Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
The Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship 25 Roxbury Street Keene, NH 03431

10:00am

Collaboration - Competitive Barriers Drop; Journalists Work Together on Rural Issues
Limited Capacity seats available

If you live well outside the city of Bozeman, Montana, there’s a good chance you’re living in a town with a contracting economy, shrinking population and growing opioid and mental health issues. All under the radar. There’s no one to cover the issues. That changed due a group of journalists from western Montana, supported by High Country News and the Solutions Journalism Network. What was produced was an exhaustive, comprehensive look at what many small towns across the country face – and the coverage came with solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Leah Todd

Leah Todd

Regional Manager, Solutions Journalism Network
Leah Todd is the New England regional manager for the Solutions Journalism Network, building relationships with newsrooms in the New England states. From 2015 to 2018, Leah led SJN’s work in the Intermountain West, including launching and overseeing collaborative journalism projects... Read More →
avatar for Nick Ehli

Nick Ehli

Managing Editor, Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Nick Ehli is the managing editor of the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and has worked for Montana newspapers as a reporter, columnist, and editor for more than 30 years. He is also the founding editor-in-chief of Montana Quarterly magazine and has edited several books.
avatar for Stefanie Murray

Stefanie Murray

Director, Center for Cooperative Media
Stefanie Murray is the Director of the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University. A Michigan native, Stefanie previously worked in Michigan and Tennessee as a reporter, editor, digital media manager and news executive. Before joining Montclair State, she worked for... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Keene Public Library 60 Winter St, Keene, NH 03431, USA

10:00am

Diverging Views Producing Positive Change
Limited Capacity seats available

Disrupting entrenched Community habits to find healthier and more productive ways to reach short and long term goals. Look beyond traditional views of community conflict.  Traditionally, downtowns have viewed conflict as a negative force which needs to be eliminated by imposing more structure or uniformity. Today, though, successful towns are more likely to embrace diverging views, realizing that they can lead to increased creativity, opportunities to improve, and greater productivity.  Rather than eliminating conflict, the goal is to better manage the conflict that inevitably comes with the open exchange of ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Carole Martin

Carole Martin

Independent Consultant, Carole Martin Consulting
Carole Martin works to maximize opportunities that accompany planned and unanticipatedchange. Her thirty years of experience include serving as an advisor for, facilitating and leadingcomplex change initiatives of all types in for-profit, nonprofit, governmental, philanthropic andcommunity... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Old Cheshire County Courthouse 33 Winter Street Keene, NH 03431

10:00am

Bridging the Rural Efficiency Gap
Limited Capacity seats available

Rural households spend 33% more of their income on energy expenses than their urban and suburban counterparts. This “efficiency gap” puts rural regions at a disadvantage. Closing this gap would keep money circulating in the community and add both security and energy resiliency to the region. Hear from leaders in the industry who have developed practical tool kits to bridge the gap that can be adapted to your own rural community.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Brock

Sarah Brock

Energy Program Manager, Vital Communities
Sarah Brock joined Vital Communities, a regional nonprofit serving 69 towns in the Upper Connecticut River Valley of Vermont and New Hampshire, in 2013 as Energy Program Manager. Sarah provides support for her region’s 40+ local energy committees, engaging with dozens of volunteers... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Alumni Center 232 Main St, Keene, NH 03431, USA

10:00am

An Acre at a Time: Managing Land for Climate Resiliency
Limited Capacity seats available

Recent reports that the planet had its hottest four years on record highlight the need for accelerated work to keep global warming below critical tipping points, as well as the need to ensure that our communities are prepared for the changes in climate we are already experiencing. Management of working lands can play a vital role both in helping to mitigate the effects of a changing climate as a natural solution, and in adaptation. This workshop will showcase practices that foster carbon sequestration, such as restoration of the land, grass-based agriculture, and conservation of forests, and offer practical solutions to using working lands to help prepare our region for a changing climate.


Speakers
avatar for Joshua Faulkner

Joshua Faulkner

Farming & Climate Change Program Coordinator, UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Joshua Faulkner is a Research Assistant Professor and coordinates the Farming and Climate Change Program in the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture.  He does applied research and outreach on soil, water, and nutrient related issues across the state and provides technical... Read More →
avatar for David Patrick

David Patrick

Director of Conservation Programs, The Nature Conservancy, NH Chapter
David Patrick joined the New Hampshire Chapter of The Nature Conservancy in 2015 as Director of Conservation Programs, and works with his team to undertake terrestrial, marine, and freshwater conservation planning and implementation. Prior to joining TNC, Dave was the Executive Director... Read More →
avatar for Steven Whitman

Steven Whitman

Founder and Principal, Resilience Planning & Design
Dr. Steven Whitman of Resilience Planning & Design is a professional planner and educator who has been working in the public, non-profit, and private sectors in New England for over twenty years. Steve is also a certified permaculture designer and teacher, and works on ecological... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Historical Society of Cheshire County 246 Main Street Keene, NH 03431

12:00pm

Lunch Downtown & Mini-Mixers
Thursday September 19, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Downtown Keene

2:00pm

Post-Industrial Towns: Shifting the Focus to Building an Arts Enclave
Limited Capacity seats available

Many towns across New England have begun to identify creative economy and cultural tourism as key assets to a changing economic landscape. A panel from recognized arts enclaves representing various community sectors will share with us how their community built and sustains their arts enclaves. Attendees will learn what has been the journey developing a municipal Arts Commission, and other structures that support this work. They will also hear how panelists envision moving forward as this trend of converting old mills into arts spaces spreads across rural communities. Arts council/commission members, cultural institution leaders, planners and economic development professionals, municipal leadership should all attend to hear the story of this rural arts enclave, how it was built, marketed, programmed with public/private partnerships, and how it continues to be sustained.
After the panelists share their story, facilitator Alec Doyle, of Keene's historic Colonial Theatre will collect from the audience a list of challenges this type of development might bring to a community and the audience and panel will discuss ways those challenges could be addressed.


Thursday September 19, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
MoCo Arts 40 Roxbury St, Keene, NH 03431, USA

2:00pm

PitchFork - A Pitch Challenge with a Rural Fit
Limited Capacity seats available

The PitchFork Challenge provides money and momentum for local rural entrepreneurs to apply to be part of a business pitch competition. Over the summer local entrepreneurs are coached to create a compelling pitch and pitch deck describing their business opportunity in pursuit  of a cash award. There are two different tracks and awards; one for a rural startup business (less than three years old) and one to encourage the most important phase, the idea phase, by having soon to be entrepreneurs pitch their business idea with a cash award of $10,000 and $1,000 respectively. Join the excitement as these local rural entrepreneurs pitch their business and receive the “operating manual” on how to run this event in your own community. Winners will be announced at the CONNECT event in the evening.


Thursday September 19, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship 25 Roxbury Street Keene, NH 03431

2:00pm

Solutions Journalism - Helping Communities Take Next Steps
Limited Capacity seats available

News consumers these days can come away from the experience feeling depressed, disengaged, powerless, hopeless. Solutions journalism envisions a more productive experience, one that builds engagement, trust and a renewed hope in democracy, by reporting rigorously on the responses to social problems -- in addition to the problems themselves. Find out how this is being done in rural places, the training behind it and the encouraging results from this disruptive approach.
An interactive session featuring solutions journalists.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Maestas

Amy Maestas

Digital Editor, The Salt Lake Tribune
Amy Maestas is digital editor at The Salt Lake Tribune. She recently left her position as executive editor of The Durango Herald in Durango, Colo., where she worked for 23 years. Amy oversaw three general interest newspapers, an outdoor recreation magazine and an alternative weekly... Read More →
avatar for Leah Todd

Leah Todd

Regional Manager, Solutions Journalism Network
Leah Todd is the New England regional manager for the Solutions Journalism Network, building relationships with newsrooms in the New England states. From 2015 to 2018, Leah led SJN’s work in the Intermountain West, including launching and overseeing collaborative journalism projects... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Keene Public Library 60 Winter St, Keene, NH 03431, USA

2:00pm

Celebrating the Townie
Limited Capacity seats available

Rural regions offer inexpensive and attractive places to live with a quality of life one can enjoy. But have you been asked why you are still in your town or why you came back? Did you choose to stay in or return to your hometown because of potential, passion and room for radical change and exciting opportunity? The majority of the United States remains rural today yet research shows we are preparing our gifted young people to leave their small towns, never to return. Learn how to engage our younger generation by showing them the opportunities that exist in your small town!

Thursday September 19, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Old Cheshire County Courthouse 33 Winter Street Keene, NH 03431

2:00pm

Charge It: Electric Vehicles are Here. Are we Ready?
Limited Capacity seats available

Electric vehicles are 3 times more efficient than those that consume gasoline and the fun driving experience is rapidly increasing electric vehicles’ market share. An Upstart manufacturing company has launched an electric pickup truck with a 400-mile range, prompting major manufacturers to follow suit.  With every state receiving Volkswagen settlement funds, many are choosing to direct the money toward building out electric vehicle charging infrastructure. How do rural communities advocate to stay “current” with these technological advances and trends when charging stations will appear in urban areas first?

Speakers
avatar for Charlotte Ancel

Charlotte Ancel

Director of Strategic Development, Eversource Energy
Charlotte Ancel is the Director of Strategic Development at Eversource Energy, a publicly traded, Fortune 500 energy company serving 4 million electric, gas, and water customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Charlotte leads Eversource’s electric vehicle, storage... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Alumni Center 232 Main St, Keene, NH 03431, USA

2:00pm

Governing for Farm Viability
Limited Capacity seats available

Farm and forest entrepreneurs are at the heart of the New England landscape and an integral part of what makes our region a quality place to live. Agriculture is not only vital to our heritage but an integral driver of our local economy. This session will focus on how we can ensure that our state and municipal farm policies and tax systems work for our farmers. We will highlight success stories in state level tax reform and policy management to encourage farm profitability and the continuation of the agricultural tradition in New England.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Rushlow

Jennifer Rushlow

Director of Environmental Law Center, Vermont Law School
Jennifer K. Rushlow is the Associate Dean for Environmental Programs, Director of the Environmental Law Center, Acting Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, and Associate Professor of Law at Vermont Law School.Professor Rushlow received a BA from Oberlin... Read More →


Thursday September 19, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Historical Society of Cheshire County 246 Main Street Keene, NH 03431

5:30pm

CONNECT2019
Limited Capacity seats available

Thursday September 19, 2019 5:30pm - 7:30pm
The Mable Brown Room Keene State College Student Center, Upper Level / 229 Main Street

7:30pm

After Party
Thursday September 19, 2019 7:30pm - 11:00pm
TBA
 
Friday, September 20
 

9:00am

Crazy Good: Stewardship of Place - Art & Festivals on Conserved Land
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is for anyone looking to organize a killer creative, organically growing, attractive festival. We will have speakers from festivals and conservation speak about the process, challenges and delights of developing programming on conserved land - and building a community that values the principals of conservation.
After the featured speaker, Ryan Owens, director of the Monadnock Conservancy, will facilitate brainstorming some of the more serious fears communities may have about hosting a festival, and talking through solutions or ways to address those fears.

Speakers
avatar for Emma Weisman

Emma Weisman

Agency Relations Manager, Burning Man Festival
Emma joined the Government Affairs department in 2018, a natural progression in a peripatetic career including athletic fashion retail buying and management, civil and criminal legal assistance, natural disaster response management, emerging agricultural industries consulting and... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
MoCo Arts 40 Roxbury St, Keene, NH 03431, USA

9:00am

Crazy Good: The Experienced Economy
Limited Capacity seats available

Think your aging population is a problem?  Think again!  This session shows the 50+ cohort as an asset to be embraced. Participate in a vibrant working session that will use exercises from the Experience Incubator® to ignite a dynamic dialog and create a Living Lab at the session. The Experience Incubator® is the first and foremost global program unleashing the potential of 50+ year olds in the workplace to activate entrepreneurial activity by catalyzing experience across generations. Its unique platform increases employee engagement and retention and accelerates innovation, knowledge transfer, productivity and new business startups. Activating intergenerational experience is today's competitive advantage. We call this "Experieneurship," and it's too valuable to ignore and it's crazy good!

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Isele

Elizabeth Isele

Founder and CEO, Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship
Founder and CEO, The Global Institute for Experienced EntrepreneurshipSenior Fellow in Social Innovation, Babson CollegeAssociate Fellow in Economics, Chatham House: The Royal Institute of InternationalResearchRecognized globally as a pioneering senior and inter-generational entrepreneurship... Read More →



Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
The Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship 25 Roxbury Street Keene, NH 03431

9:00am

Crazy Good: 50 Ideas that Will Grow Your Audience
Limited Capacity seats available

We’ve reached far and wide! Here are more than four dozen ways you can build better bridges to your readers – from thought-provoking story ideas to collaborative ways to tackle big projects to new newsroom structures. If you only have time to do a few of these, you will be happy you did. A sneak peek: How we built Radically Rural. Leave with a magazine that has curated these ideas.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Schmitt

Tim Schmitt

Project Manager, GateHouse Media
Tim has spent decades in various newsrooms — some print, and some broadcast. He was a sports reporter, news reporter, and then managing editor of his hometown paper, the Tonawanda (N.Y.) News, where he led an award-winning editorial page. He's worked as an editor, staffer or longtime... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
Keene Public Library 60 Winter St, Keene, NH 03431, USA

9:00am

Crazy Good: First Impressions
Limited Capacity seats available

A newspaper contains pages of news and information, important stories and happenings from the first page to the last, each page worth reading. But what page gets the most attention? The front page, of course. The bold print headlines, top stories and most intriguing photos...the first impression. Main street is your community’s front page. Does your main street represent your community to the best of its ability? Does it engage and inspire further exploration into the streets and neighborhoods beyond?

A vibrant downtown serves as a gathering place, a place for people to dine, shop, and conduct business. First Impressions is an assessment program that examines your main street through the eyes of potential residents, visitors, and businesses, helping communities learn about their opportunities and empowering them to take steps to improve their downtown.

Attendees will learn skills to assess their own main streets for vibrancy and will hear examples of how communities have revitalized their downtowns through art, business retention, and connecting with trails.

Speakers
avatar for Casey Porter

Casey Porter

Community & Economic Development Program Manager, UNH Cooperative Extension
      Casey works with communities to build their capacity to gather input, develop strategies, and move to action, resulting in downtown revitalization, community vibrancy, and a strengthened economy. She coordinates and implements programs around downtown revitalization and community... Read More →
avatar for Molly Donovan

Molly Donovan

Community Economic Development State Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension
Molly works with citizen volunteers and leaders to build resilient communities and a strong economy. This work is focused on revitalizing downtowns, retaining and growing business, enhancing quality of life and creating a vision for communities. She specializes in community engagement... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
Old Cheshire County Courthouse 33 Winter Street Keene, NH 03431

9:00am

Crazy Good: On our way to 100%
Limited Capacity seats available

Ready For 100% communities are spreading across the country. Right here in Keene, NH, community leaders have passed a resolution to reach 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and 100% renewable energy for transportation and heating by 2050. Learn effective practices from communities who have successfully begun their transitions toward 100%, and start making a plan for your own rural community!

Speakers
avatar for Sean Hamilton

Sean Hamilton

General Manager, Sterling Municipal Light Department
Sean Hamilton is the General Manager of the Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) with almost 40 years in the public power industry. Sean began his career in 1979 as a lineman and advanced to his current position. During his career he has been instrumental in bringing utility... Read More →
avatar for Patrick Roche

Patrick Roche

Assistant Director of Clean Energy, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Patrick Roche manages the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s (MAPC) work on green municipal aggregation, natural gas leaks, and LED streetlight retrofits. Over the past three years, Patrick has helped more than 15 municipalities authorize green municipal aggregation and supported... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
Alumni Center 232 Main St, Keene, NH 03431, USA

9:00am

Crazy Good: Show me the Money - Creative Financing for Farmers and Food Producers
Limited Capacity seats available

Every small business owner knows the challenges of securing capital.  This proves even more challenging for farmers since lenders often don’t “get” farming and see their businesses as riskier. Thankfully, this view is starting to change as more lenders get on board with lending to the agricultural community.  This workshop will highlight several innovative financing opportunities for farmers and food producers, including a new farm-focused credit union—the first of its kind in the nation, a community loan fund that offers business planning services alongside its lending products, and a “slow money” model that allows community members to invest directly in local farms and food businesses.  

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Busansky

Rebecca Busansky

Program Manager, PVGrows Investment Fund
Rebecca Busansky is the Program Manager for the PVGrows Investment Fund which provides financing and technical assistance to farm and food entrepreneurs located primarily in Western Massachusetts through community investments. She has worked for PVGrows since 2013, and joined the... Read More →
avatar for Scott Budde

Scott Budde

Project Director, Maine Harvest Credit Project
Scott has 30 years of experience in investment management, banking and consulting with a focus on impact and community investing strategies.  He is currently Project Director of the (MHCP) where he is working to create specialized credit union focused on small-scale sustainable agriculture... Read More →
avatar for Charlene Andersen

Charlene Andersen

Farm Food Lender, New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
Charlene Andersen is the Farm Food Lender at the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, a nonprofit that turns investments into loans and education to create opportunity and transform lives across the state. In this role, she advocates for farmers, fishers, food producers and value chain... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 9:00am - 11:00am
Historical Society of Cheshire County 246 Main Street Keene, NH 03431

11:00am

Lunch Downtown
Friday September 20, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm

11:30am

Relate to Your Plate: Working Lands Lunch
Limited Capacity seats available

Chef Jordan Scott and Machina Kitchen have a passion for high quality food and cultivating strong relationship with the local farmers and food entrepreneurs that produce it. Scott will share his perspective on the role of a chef in the local food system and how nationwide chefs are creating change in communities. Stonewall Farm, a vendor of Machina Kitchen and also the newest New England Savory Hub, will be highlighted. Scott is a board member of this educational working farm and he with their Executive Director Julie Davenson will shed some light on their land management efforts. Demonstrating the connections of rural land conservation, and culinary enjoyment, to the economic vitality of a community.

REGISTER NOW!

About Chef Jordan Scott
Partner & Chef Patron, Culinary Director

Jordan Scott is a classically trained chef with a passion for globally inspired seasonal food made with local ingredients. Jordan has described his wine dinners as a study in simplicity. He finds great joy in creating simple, elegant dishes built on a foundation of technique and with care given to each ingredient. His dishes delight the most sophisticated palate, balancing rustic charm with an innovative and artistic twist. Jordan has a great deal of respect for the traditional French style of cooking and uses that as a foundation from which to explore modern and progressive methods and flavors. Jordan cares deeply for our local community and has been a passionate advocate for local foods and has worked tirelessly to build long-term relationships between our restaurant community and our local farms. 

REGISTER NOW!


Friday September 20, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Machina Kitchen & ArtBar 9 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431

1:00pm

Bridgeable Gaps: The Fuel for Rural Change
Limited Capacity seats available

Throughout the world, rural communities are lagging behind urban regions in their economic development. Historically, many of these areas are tied to agriculture and development of natural resources, but they lack the infrastructure and connectivity to participate in advances in other elements of economic growth. Some people have argued that we should just allow this trend to continue unabated as it is the natural evolution of the modern economy. 
As the sixth director of the IC² Institute, Art Markman respectfully disagrees with that argument.  Instead, to help meet this rural challenge, the Institute is returning to its roots as a source of new research and programs that address key unstructured problems by shifting their focus to entrepreneurship in rural regions and small isolated cities.
Diversifying the economies of these regions requires rethinking the way that business ecosystems develop to acknowledge the challenges of educating and retaining talent in remote areas and integrating people, expertise, ideas, and capital. A broad-based program of research on this topic will have to explore new ways for business, government, and the education sector to collaborate.
IC² is connecting with groups around the country and around the world to share ideas and to push research forward. Markman believes that rural regions and small cities have a crucial role to play in the economy in Texas, in the United States, and around the world. He will share research and observations about the exciting future rural communities envision, gaps between the current reality and the vision, and how to bridge the gap. Markman maintains that it is the perception of bridgeable gaps that provide the motivation for rural communities to move forward and will share observations and a framework for ways to lessen the gap.
 
The IC² Institute was founded in 1977 as a “think and do” tank to test the belief of its founder, George Kozmetsky, that technological innovation can catalyze regional economic development through the active and directional collaboration among the university, government, and private sectors.  IC2 has been instrumental in Austin’s growth as an innovation and technology center and has brought the “Austin model” to over 40 countries.

Speakers
avatar for Art Markman

Art Markman

IC² Executive Director, The University of Texas at Austin
Art Markman, PhD is a professor of psychology and marketing at the University of Texas at Austin and Executive Director of the IC² Institute. For the past 10 years, a key area of focus for him is on the human side of business. He was founding director of the Program in the Human... Read More →


Friday September 20, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
The Colonial Theatre 95 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431

3:00pm

Closing Remarks

Friday September 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Colonial Theatre 95 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431