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AARP Rural Livability Workshop

Missed the workshop? Or want to experience it again? Follow the links below to download presentations and watch videos of featured speakers and sessions

AARP Livable Communities 2019 Livability Workshop

Follow the links in the schedule below to learn about the keynote speakers, plenary panels and breakout sessions. (Find this page and other content about rural communities at AARP.org/RuralLivability.)

  • The notation (V) indicates that video is available
  • Downloadable presentation materials are provided for most breakout sessions

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Program booklet for the 2019 AARP Rural Livability Workshop

Wednesday, June 19

9:00 – 9:15 am: Morning Welcome and Workshop Orientation (V)

  • Lori Parham, State Director, AARP Maine 

9:30 – 10:45 am: Regional Discussions

11:00 – 11:20 am: Welcome (V)

  • Jean Setzfand, Senior Vice President, AARP Programs

11:20 – 11:50 am: Morning Keynote: Age-Friendly by Design in Rural Communities and the Triple Bottom Line: Economic, Environmental and Human Health (V)

  • Mark Fenton, Adjunct Associate Professor, Tufts University

11:50 am – 12:20 pm: Plenary Panel: Housing in Rural Communities (V)

12:20 – 12:45 pm: Audience Questions

12:45 – 1:15 pm: Grab-and-Go-Lunch and Rural Community Videos from AARP Wisconsin, AARP Vermont, Age-Friendly Berkshires (Massachusetts) and Charleston, West Virginia (V)

1:15 – 1:45 pm: Innovation Showcase: The AARP Livable Experience: Fun, Engaging, Informative and Intergenerational (V)

1:45 – 2:15 pm: Plenary Panel: Broadband in Rural Communities (V)

2:15 – 2:35 pm: Keynote: 90 Days to Rural Livability (V)

  • Andrew Howard, Cofounder/Director, Team Better Block

2:35 – 2:50 pm: Audience Questions

2:50 – 3:00 pm: Closing Remarks (V)

  • Kristin Dillon, Senior Vice President, AARP States and Community Engagement 

3:15 – 4:15 pm: Breakout Sessions #1

  • Enhancing Community Infrastructure (Broadband)
  • Strengthening Transportation Options
  • Creating Intergenerational Communities
  • Enhancing Community Infrastructure (Partnerships)
  • Preparing for Extreme Weather and Disasters
  • Community Engagement

4:30 – 5:30 pm: Breakout Sessions #2

  • Preparing for Extreme Weather and Disasters
  • Strengthening Transportation Options
  • Improving Housing Affordability and Choice
  • Enhancing Community Infrastructure (Parks)
  • Creating Intergenerational Communities
  • Community Engagement

5:30 – 6:30 pm: Lobby Reception

5:45 – 6:30 pm: Fun with Purpose Activities


Thursday, June 20

7:30 – 9:00 am: Breakfast 

9:00 – 9:30 am: Morning Welcome and Maine Presentation (V)

  • Patricia Pinto, President, AARP Maine 
  • Jean Saunders, Coordinator, Age-Friendly Saco
  • Amelia Meier, Community Outreach and Wellness Coordinator, City of Saco 

9:45 – 10:45 am: Breakout Sessions #3

  • Enhancing Community Infrastructure (Health)
  • Strengthening Transportation Options
  • Enhancing Community Infrastructure (Economic Development)
  • Improving Housing Affordability and Choice
  • Advocacy
  • Strengthening Transportation Options

11:00 – 11:15 am: Welcome Back and Music Performance (V)

  • Phillip White Hawk and Connie (Star Walker) Bellet

11:15 – 11:45 am: Plenary Panel: Federal Partners and Resources (V)

11:45 am – 12:10 pm: Innovation Showcase (V)

12:10 – 12:25 pm: Grab-and-Go Lunch

12:25 – 12:55 pm: Keynote: Rural Public Transportation: Small Places, Big Impacts (V)

  • John Robert Smith, Chair, Transportation for America

12:55 – 1:25 pm: Plenary Panel: Philanthropic Partners and Resources (V)

1:25 – 1:50 pm: Audience Questions

1:50 – 2:00 pm: Closing Remarks

2:15 – 5:00 pm: Mobile Workshops


Friday, June 21

7:30 – 9:00 am: Breakfast 

9:00 – Noon: Mobile Workshops

2019 AARP Rural Livability Workshop

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