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2015 Rural Summit – Program with Agenda


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2015 Rural Summit – “Aspire Rural Maryland”
Thursday, December 3, 2015
DoubleTree Hotel, 210 Holiday Court, Annapolis, Maryland

Tentative Agenda (Subject to Change)

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Mainsail Main & East
Participant Registration and Exhibitor Set-Up
Registration sponsored by Upper Shore Regional Council
Opening of 2015 Rural Summit /Continental Breakfast
Sponsored by MidAtlantic Farm Credit
8:45 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Mainsail Main & East

Introduction:  Scott Warner
Welcome and Introduction:  Doris Mason

Keynote Address:
Sheila Bair, President, Washington College

 9:40 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.

Mainsail Main
Session 1:
What are Maryland’s State Agencies Doing to Help Agriculture?

Facilitator:    Mark Powell, Maryland Department of Agriculture
Presenters:   Susan Payne, Maryland Department of Agriculture; Sarah Everhart, University of Maryland School of Law; Dean Fisher, Maryland Energy Administration
Session Description:
Almost one-third of Maryland’s land use is agriculture.  From dairy, grain, livestock production to seafood, poultry and turf production, Agriculture employs more than 45,000 Marylanders and contributes more than $8.5 billion in economic impact annually.  Maryland farmers stand at the intersection of many competing interests and demands. Learn more about what Maryland agencies are doing to help promote and protect our agriculture economy.

Mainsail East
Session 2:
What are the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development and the Maryland Department of Planning Doing to Help Rural Communities?

Facilitator:    Odette Ramos, Community Development Network
Presenters:   Peter Conrad, Maryland Department of Planning; John Maneval, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
Session Description:
With the new state administration, both the Maryland Department of Planning and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development have increasing importance in rural community development. Both agencies are expanding their scope and range of their programming to rural communities. Hear more about these activities and how your rural communities can benefit.

10:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. Mainsail Main
Session 1: The Public Sector Can’t Do it All: Developing Capacity and Prosperity in Rural Communities through Philanthropy

Dan Rider, President, Rural Maryland Foundation
Presenter:       Barry Denk, Center for Rural Pennsylvania
Session Description:
Our rural population is increasingly aging as the younger generation moves into urban settings and retirees choose to move into rural communities. For example, in Worcester County approximately one-third of its population will be 65 or older by 2030. When this older generation passes on, the accumulated wealth is transferred to the next; however, this intergenerational transfer usually means that the accumulated wealth moves from the rural community in which it was held to a suburban or urban one.In supporting place-based economic and community development strategies, a transfer of wealth analysis could help rural communities embrace change and envision a strong future. Communities that are able to understand their strengths leads to successful development strategies.

Mainsail East
Session 2: Improving Access to Care in Maryland through Innovative Telehealth InitiativesFacilitator: Tom McLoughlin, RMC Healthcare Committee Chair
Presenters: Kelly Coble, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Angela Evatt, Maryland Health Care Commission
Session Description:
Effective use of telehealth has the potential to increase access to care, improve patient outcomes, and support the delivery of more comprehensive care. This presentation will explore the telehealth landscape in Maryland, discuss the work of the Telemedicine Task Force and discuss the work of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in expanding opportunities for telehealth deployment. This session will highlight lessons from select telehealth demonstration projects and explore future collaborative opportunities to expand telehealth initiatives for rural areas in the State.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Mainsail Main & East

Key State Leaders Panel
Jim Eichhorst, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Agriculture (Confirmed)
Mark Belton, Secretary, Maryland Department of Natural Resources (Confirmed)
Mike Gill, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce (Confirmed)
Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment (Confirmed)
Ken Holt, Secretary, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (Confirmed)
Wendi Peters, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Planning (Confirmed)
Moderator: The Honorable Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio

Maryland Rural Impact Awards Luncheon
Mainsail Main & East
Luncheon Sponsored by Grow & Fortify, LLC

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Plated Lunch and Maryland Rural Impact Awards

Address and Introduction:
Secretary Gill, Maryland Department of Commerce

Speaker:  The Honorable Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio

  • Rural Community Volunteer (up to two awards) – For leadership, dedication, and noteworthy volunteer achievement beyond the call of one’s professional duties to help improve their community.
  • Outstanding Rural Economic Development Award – For a program, project or organization that successfully attracts, retains or creates jobs in at least one rural county.
  • Outstanding Rural Community Development Award – For a program, project or organization that substantially improves the quality of life in at least one rural community.
  • Outstanding Legislator Award- This award is presented for outstanding leadership and public service in promoting legislation and/or policy solutions to benefit rural communities.
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Mainsail Main
Session 1:  Resources for Maryland Businesses and Attracting New Business to Maryland

Facilitator:   Scott Warner, Mid Shore Regional Council
Presenters:  Jayson Knott, Maryland Department of Commerce
Session Description:
Formerly known as the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED), the new Department of Commerce will focus on attracting, retaining, and expanding businesses and creating jobs in Maryland. The department will also place a renewed focus on better serving the diverse industries and geographic regions of the state, and marketing Maryland’s many assets to companies across the nation and abroad. In addition to changes within the department to enhance business services and recruitment efforts, Commerce will take a larger role in coordinating a multi-state-agency effort to better respond to business issues.

Mainsail East
Session 2: A Review of State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Progress in Rural Counties

Facilitator:  Tom McLoughlin, RMC Health Care Committee Chair
Presenter:   Roxanne Hale, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Session Description:
There are 39 State Health Improvement Plan measures spread across 5 vision areas. This session will provide a review of shortages of physicians by rural county. It will also cover how to use SHIP measures and describe activities being taken in rural counties.

3:05 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Mainsail Main
Session 1: Maryland’s Buy Local Food Movement and Efforts to Encourage Local Food Production

Facilitator: Kelly Dudeck, Grow and Fortify
Presenters: Colby Ferguson, Maryland Farm Bureau; Greg Bowen, Land Stewardship Solutions; Ginger Myers, Maryland Rural Enterprise Development, University of Maryland Extension
Session Description:
The Buy Local trend for Maryland agricultural products is highly touted as the most profitable growth sector for farmers and food product entrepreneurs.  We have farmers markets established throughout the state, our Farm to School program appears to be flourishing, restaurants tout local ingredients on their menus, and local hospitals are purchasing foods for their menus direct from farmers. The Baltimore-Washington corridor contains the 4th largest population in the country; yet, Maryland ranked 21st in the nation in commitment to local foods.  Hear a panel discussion about the future of Maryland agriculture and the Buy Local Food movement.

Mainsail East
Session 2: Financial Stability: Moving People to Action and Achieving Financial Wellness

Facilitator: Robin McKinney, Maryland Cash Campaign
Presenter: Sue Rogan, Maryland Cash Campaign
Session Description:
Attend this interactive session to learn and discuss the definition of financial stability and specifically how financial coaching plays a role in building financial stability. Understand what financial coaching is and is not, the positive impact it has with rural communities and how to provide a financial coaching program to clients.

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Mainsail Main & East

Panel Discussion – State Government Panel

The Honorable Kumar Barve,
Chair of House Environment and Transportation Committee (Confirmed),
The Honorable Adelaide Eckardt,
Member Senate Budget and Taxation Committee (Confirmed),
The Honorable Mac Middleton,
Chair Senate Finance Committee (Confirmed),
The Honorable Maggie McIntosh,
Chair House Appropriations Committee (Confirmed)
Moderator: Josh Hastings, RMC Legislative Chair

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
Mainsail Main & East

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