NH Trailblazers Head to the Summit
The last week in September will bring chilly temperatures and falling leaves to the Northeast; and it will bring hundreds of local leaders and innovators to Keene, New Hampshire. On September 27 and 28, around 500 people will gather at the Radically Rural summit with the overarching goal of creating and maintaining robust rural communities. Most of the speakers hail from the Granite State, but several Vermonters will also give talks or serve as panelists, including VT Digger's Anne Galloway, Preservation Trust of Vermont's Paul Bruhn, and Jasper Hill Farm's Leigh Harding.
Residents of rural regions recognize the challenges of sustaining creative businesses, arts organizations, and thriving downtowns. Radically Rural's workshop offerings - from "Evolving Business Models for Rural Arts" to "Historic Buildings as a Catalyst for Downtown Vibrancy" - prove that Vermont is not alone in tackling these issues. Five tracks at the conference provide focus on specific areas within the creative sector: arts and culture, entrepreneurship, rural media, Main Street, and working lands. A unique networking event called Connect 2018: The Rural Advantage, will take place on the evening of September 27.