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2021 Rural Policy Summit: Economic Transitions

December 8, 2021 @ 9:00 am 10:30 am EST

Rural Policy Summit and Partners

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania will hold the next session of the 2021 Rural Policy Summit on December 8. This is the fifth summit in the series. “Many rural communities throughout Pennsylvania are in a period of economic transition. How people work and live are constantly evolving,” said Dr. Kyle C. Kopko, Center director. “This Rural Policy Summit will be a virtual, roundtable discussion where panelists will share insights on the work their organizations are doing with rural communities to help them remain economically and socially vibrant. The panelists will discuss their successes and the challenges they face so that others can learn from their experiences.”

Event details

The 2021 Rural Policy Summit is a virtual series that will bring together a wide range of stakeholders, including policymakers, nonprofit leaders, academic researchers, industry professionals, and others interested in rural conditions and trends, to learn about and discuss major policy issues that will affect rural Pennsylvania over the next 5 to 10 years.

This session will be a roundtable discussion on how nonprofit organizations and foundations have supported rural regions in adapting to and engaging in economic transitions. Leaders and experts representing nonprofit organizations will offer insights, practical advice, lessons learned, and best practices to other communities or organizations that may be looking to implement similar programs and services and that can help inform policy.


Jen Giovannitti, President, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

Ta Enos, Founder and CEO, PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship

David Kahley, President and CEO, The Progress Fund

Rachel Hauser, Director of Regulatory Affairs & Economic Development, Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, Inc.

Rick Vilello, Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs and Development, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development moderator

Nathaniel Borek, Outreach and Administrative Associate, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia moderator

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