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30th Anniversary Symposium - Agenda

When:     Saturday, October 4, 2008
Where:   UVM's Davis Center; Mt Mansfield Room
Time:      8:30 am - 6:30 pm
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CDAE wishes CRS congratulations

VDI wishes CRS congratulations

VT Housing Finance Agency wishes CRS congratulations

NCRCRD wishes CRS well

VTCGI congratulates CRS

Front Porch Forum congratulates CRS

UVM Federal, State, and Community Relations congratulates CRS

Addison County Regional Planning Commission congratulates CRS

Center for Research on Vermont and Vermont Studies congratulates CRS

Peace Corps' UVM Office congratulates CRS

Center for Sustainable Ag congratulates CRS

Vermont's Microbusiness Development Program congratulates CRS

Vermont Community Foundation congratulates CRS

UVM Continuing Education congratulates CRS

UVM Transportation Research Center congratulates CRS

Vermont Institute for Government congratulates CRS

UVM Bookstore congratulates CRS

Intervale Center congratulates CRS

VT Law School Land Use Institute congratulates CRS

Rural America congratulates CRS

Orton congratulates CRS

8:30 am Doors Open - Refreshments

9:00-11:30 am
Theme: Vermont's Civic Culture: Reflecting CRS work with issues of local government

Moderated by Deborah Markowitz, Vermont Secretary of State

Opening remarks: Rural, Why Bother?
Fred Schmidt, Founder and Co-Director of the Center for Rural Studies

Changing community structure and demographics in Vermont
Chip Sawyer, CRS Outreach Professional

Panel Discussion: Implications of change for local community institutions in Vermont

Panel Participants: Paul Gillies of the Vermont Institute for Government, Paul Costello of Vermont Council on Rural Development, Fred Schmidt of the Center for Rural Studies, and VT Sec of State Deborah Markowitz.

11:30 am-12:30 pm
Lunch Featuring Vermont Products - $18 (register here)
Highlighting Growing Vermont: a Vermont products store at the Davis Center run by CRS, and its role in connecting the university community with local businesses and fostering entrepreneurship. Presented by Michael Moser, CRS.

1:00-3:30 pm
Theme: Value-Added Components of Vermont's Food System

Moderated by Roger Allbee, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture

Keynote: New themes in Vermont agriculture: Branding, labeling, marketing, and consumer concerns- the educational response
Jane Kolodinsky, Co-Director of the Center for Rural Studies and Chair of UVM's Community Development and Applied Economics Department

Panel Discussion: The diversified agricultural scene in Vermont today

Panel Participants: Andrew Meyer of Vermont Soy, Helen Labun Jordan of VT Agency of Agriculture, Meghan Sheradin of VT Fresh Network, Travis Marcotte of the Intervale Center, and Allan Matthews of the UVM Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

4:00-5:00 pm Reception with CRS founder Fred Schmidt

5:00-6:30 pm
Theme: Communicating with Rural Communities- Responding to rural needs and outreach strategies

Moderated by Dan Gillmor, author and Director of the Center for Citizen Media

Keynote: Community information in a rural state: the role of citizen media
Dan Gillmor

Panel Discussion: A discussion of how UVM can effectively respond to the needs of rural communities and disseminate information within the context of the land grant mission.

Panel Participants: Dan Gillmor, Chris Braithwaite of the Barton Chronicle, Dick Drysdale of the Herald of Randolph, Lauren-Glenn Davitian of Ch 17, and Jim Leddy of Vermont Agricultural College Board.