Friday, October 4, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM EDT
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Rustic Lodge in Indiana 
2199 Oakland Ave.
Indiana, PA 15701

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Sustainable Indiana County 
League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania 

Economic Development Summit III -
Reinventing Rural America

The final report of the Task Force was presented at Summit II, on September 28, 2018. This year’s Summit celebrates the efforts of the Task Force and its community to pursue the opportunities and recommendations outlined in the report. A panel of group leaders will share their successes and plans for future action. Guest speakers will highlight opportunities for promoting economic and workforce development, and citizen education, within each of the issue areas.

Breakfast/Registration at 8:30 a.m. Includes lunch.

Free and open to the public. Please register to attend.

Our Speakers:

Keynote: Economic Development
Emily Rhodes, AICP: Economic Development in US Coal Communities in Transition
Renewable Energy
Greg Winks & Will Brown: The Future is Renewable: Policy, Practices, and Potential for Solar in PA
Luncheon Speaker: Rural Broadband
Sascha Meinrath, Ph.D.: Mapping US Broadband Connectivity: Results and Implications of Documenting Pennsylvania's Digital Divides
Sustainable Building Construction
Matthew Alan Mahoney: Pennsylvania’s Energy Efficiency Economy
Environmental Restoration & Stewardship
Joey James: Making Assets of Liabilities: Innovative Land Re-Use in Central Appalachia
Sustainable Agriculture
Chloe Drew & Jennica Hopkins: Cultivating Community, Compost and the Small Scale Farm

About the Task Force:

Family supporting jobs. Healthy and thriving communities. Rural economic vitality that gives all its citizens a chance to prosper.

These are aims of the Indiana County Sustainable Economic Development Task Force.

The Indiana County Commissioners established the Task Force in May 2017, following a successful inaugural Sustainable Economy Summit. The Task Force was charged with creating a report that would identify new opportunities for economic development, citizen education, and job training/workforce development within four issue areas:

  • the renewable energy sector
  • innovative agriculture
  • sustainable building construction, renovation, and restoration
  • wise use of the County’s natural resources

The Task Force steering committee is comprised of representatives from:

  • Indiana County Office of Planning & Development
  • League of Women Voters of Indiana County and Pennsylvania
  • Center for Community Growth
  • The Evergreen Conservancy
  • IUP Sustainability Studies Program
  • Indiana Borough
  • Indiana County Conservation District
  • Indiana County Technology Center
  • Indiana County Center for Economic Operations, a consortium of:
  • Indiana County Commissioners
  • Indiana County Chamber of Commerce
  • Indiana County Development Corporation
  • Indiana County Tourist Bureau
  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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