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Reinventing Innovation in Rural Areas – Micropolitan Economic Development

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Rural America is the new hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship – and these organizations are proving it every day!  Whereas traditionally innovation has been viewed as something concentrated in large, urban areas with sizable, diverse populations and research universities, smaller micro-politan areas foster innovators that bring a wide range of social and economic benefits to not only the local businesses and communities, but also the wider economy.

Join us for a lively discussion of best practices in fostering successful startups, engaging First Nations, and being a creative force in rural America with speakers from Traverse City, Michigan, Springfield, Vermont, and Red Wing, Minnesota.  The discussion, moderated by the Center on Rural Innovation will include micro-credentialing, K-12 and post-secondary education engagement, developer training, and augmenting remote education.



Confirmed Panelists

Lauren Bigelow, Executive Director, 20Fathoms, Traverse City, Michigan

Trevor Barlow, Executive Director, Black River Innovation Campus, Springfield, Vermont

Shannan Harris, Program Director, Red Wing Ignite, Red Wing, Minnesota



Unconfirmed Panelists

Mark Rembert, Head of Rural Innovation Network, Center on Rural Innovation

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