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2018 Seminar

The 2018 Rural LISC Annual Seminar, "Recognizing Opportunity: Resilience, Recovery and Revitalization in Rural America," was held May 15-18, 2018, in Washington, D.C.  Some 250 rural practitioners from across the nation came together to share best practices, network, meet with their Congressional representatives on Capitol Hill, and collectively dialogue on many critical issues facing small communities in rural America.  The seminar agenda and presentation materials are posted below.


Seminar Highlights

Seminar Logistics

RFD-TV Interviews

RFD-TV is a digital cable and satellite television channel that features programming devoted to rural issues, concerns and interests.

LISC President and CEO Maurice Jones discussed the importance of rural America, pointing out three critical elements needed for rural communities to succeed:  a prepared workforce, capital, and infrastructure, especially broadband.  May 18, 2018:

LISC Vice President and Rural LISC Director Suzanne Anarde speaks to the impact of 250 rural advocates gathered in the Nation’s capital.  May 17, 2018:

Steve Kirk, Executive Director of Rural Neighborhoods, Inc., in Florida highlighted the organization's efforts following recent hurricanes. May 17, 2018:

LISC's Senior Vice President of Policy Matt Josephs highlighted the importance of more than 250 rural community developers converging on the Hill to advocate for critical rural development programs.  May 17, 2018:


Tuesday, May 15

Pre-Seminar Workshop:  Fund Development “How To”

Wednesday, May 16

Breakfast Plenary:  The Three R’s of Rural – Resilience, Recovery and Revitalization, with Disaster Recovery Updates

Thursday, May 17

Breakfast Plenary:  Disaster Recovery Funders – The Early Believers

Concurrent Workshops – 10:00 am

Concurrent Workshops – 2:30 pm

Closing Reception and Dinner – 5:00 pm