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Investing in Rural America

View of the sunset along a rural highway

Thu., Oct. 8, 2020
12 p.m. - 4 p.m. ET


Investing in Rural America is a free online conference presented by the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond for policymakers, community representatives, businesses and foundations, focusing on the economic and social aspects of growth in rural areas. Topics include the effects of COVID-19, the changing role of higher education institutions, labor market outcomes and examples of success, and the importance of broadband access. Richmond Fed speakers include President Tom Barkin and Research Director Kartik Athreya.

Registration required.

In addition to the October 8 conference, the Richmond Fed is presenting a series of related online events in the preceding days.

October 5: Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the Rural South

Panelists: Dr. Karrie Dixon, Elizabeth City State University; Dr. W. Franklin Evans, Voorhees College; Dr. Makola Abdullah, Virginia State University; Moderator: Bakari Sellers

Discussion: Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin and Geoff Foster, CEO, Core Technology Molding Corporation

Join the session October 5, 10 a.m. ET

October 6: The Financing of Rural Health

Panelists: Antony Chiang, former CEO, Dogwood Health Trust; Alana Knudson, Co-Director, Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, University of Chicago; Caitlin Cain, Director, Rural LISC; Moderator: Mark Holmes, Sheps Center

Join the session October 6, 10 a.m. ET

October 7: The State of Agriculture in the Fifth District and Beyond

Remarks: Nathan Kauffman, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City

Join the session October 7, 10 a.m. ET


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