30th Anniversary Symposium - Agenda
8:30 am Doors Open - Refreshments
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.
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
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
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.