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AARP Livable Communities: Rural Livability

Find articles, resources and more about rural livability efforts — and register to participate in the online AARP Rural Livability Workshop to be hosted here live on June 19 and 20

AARP Rural Livability Workshop Livestream Event

Join us for this free webcast featuring rural livability experts and discussions about: 
  • 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

Active participation by online attendees will be encouraged! 

Click on the image above or on the registration links below to sign up for this free livestream event.


DAY 1: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19

The livestream broadcast begins at 11:00 am (EDT): Register Now!

11:00 - 11:20: Welcome

11:20 - 11:50: Opening Keynote Address: Walkability in Rural Communities

  • Mark Fenton, public health planning and transportation consultant

11:50 - 12:20: 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

12:20 - 12:45: Interactive Q&A using Poll Everywhere and Twitter

12:45 - 1:15: Videos/Break

1:15 - 1:45: Innovation Showcase: Rapid-fire Community Presentations

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

1:45 - 2:15: 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
  • Moderator: Nancy LeaMond
    Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer, AARP

2:15 - 2:35: Closing Keynote: Placemaking in Rural Communities

  • Andrew Howard, Co-Founder, Team Better Block

2:35 - 2:50: Interactive Q&A using Poll Everywhere and Twitter

2:50 - 3:00: Closing Remarks | Day 1 Livestream Broadcast Ends


DAY2: THURSDAY, JUNE 20

The livestream broadcast begins at 11:00 am (EDT): Register Now!

11:00 - 11:15: Welcome

11:15 - 11:45: 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 

11:45 - 12:10: Innovation Showcase: Rapid-fire Community Presentations

  • Moderator: Kelly Clark, Regional Vice President, AARP

12:10 - 12:55: Keynote Address: Rural Transportation

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

12:55 - 1:25: 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

1:25 - 1:50: Interactive Q&A using PollEverywhere and Twitter

1:50 - 2:00: Closing Remarks | Day 2 Livestream Broadcast Ends

Rural Livability Archive

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

Featured Resources


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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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