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AARP Livable Communities: Rural Livability

Watch video presentations and view slides from June's live event

AARP Livable Communities 2019 Livability Workshop
On June 19 & 20 AARP Livable Communities Rural Livability Workshop convened in Portland, Maine. View video and presentations from June's event in which rural livability experts discuss: 
 
  • creating intergenerational communities
  • strengthening transportation options
  • improving housing affordability and choice
  • enhancing community infrastructure (including broadband and economic development)
  • preparing for extreme weather and disasters

DAY 1: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19

Welcome

  •  Lori Parham, State Director, AARP Maine 

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  •  Jean Setzfand, Senior Vice President, AARP Programs 

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Opening Keynote Address: Walkability in Rural Communities 

  • Mark Fenton, public health planning and transportation consultant

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Plenary Panel: Rural Housing

  • David Lipsetz, Executive Director, Housing Assistance Council
  • Anthony Walters, Executive Director, National American Indian Housing Council
  • Moderator: Kim Adler, Regional Vice President, AARP

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Lunch: Videos from Rural Communities

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Innovation Showcase: Rapid-fire Community Presentations

  • Moderator: LaMonte Guillory, Chief Communications Officer, LOR Foundation

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Plenary Panel: Rural Broadband

  • Brian Whitacre, Professor at Oklahoma State University
  • Brian Christenberry, Manager of State Government Relations, Indiana Electric Cooperatives
  • Greg Marchildon, State Director, AARP Vermont

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Closing Keynote: Placemaking in Rural Communities

  • Andrew Howard, Co-Founder, Team Better Block

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Closing Remarks 

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DAY2: THURSDAY, JUNE 20

Welcome and Maine Presentation

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Musical Inspiration

  • Phillip White Hawk and Connie (Star Walker) Bellet

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Plenary Panel: Federal Resources

  • Cathy Glover, Assistant Deputy Administrator of Single Family Housing, USDA
  • Jeremiah Christopher, Community Planner, Community Planning and Capacity Building, FEMA
  • Moderator: Lori Parham, State Director, AARP Maine 

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Innovation Showcase: Rapid-fire Community Presentations

  • Moderator: Kelly Clark, Regional Vice President, AARP

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Keynote Address: Rural Transportation

  • John Robert Smith, Chairman, Transportation for America
    Former Mayor, Meridian, Mississippi

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Plenary Panel: Philanthropy

  • Laura Lee, Maine Community Foundation
  • Lynn Haglin, Vice President, Northland Foundation
  • LaMonte Guillory, Chief Communications Officer, LOR Foundation
  • Moderator: Will Phillips, Regional Vice President (Acting), AARP

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Closing Remarks 

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Rural Livability Archive

Livability efforts in rural areas, small towns and remote communities differ from those in urban areas and are often place specific.

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The LOR Foundation partners with rural communities in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico to support prosperity and preserve charactor. AARP is working with LOR to draw more attention to rural livability issues and foster solutions that benefit smaller communities. LOR was a generous supporter of the 2018 AARP Livable Communities National Conference, where several sessions and workshops were devoted to rural issues.

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