Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT
Friday, October 26, 2018 at 12:00 PM EDT

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Donna Rigo 
Florida Rural Economic Development Association 

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018
1:00-7:00 p.m.                    Summit Registration

3:00-5:30 p.m.                    Rural Issues Working Group:  Facilitated Meeting

5:45-7:00 p.m.                    Rural Summit Welcome Reception

                                           *Rural Volunteers of the Year Recognized*

Thursday, September 7, 2017

7:15-8:30 a.m.                   Registration and Breakfast

8:30-9:45 a.m.                   Opening General Session

                                           Keynote Address:  The State of Rural Florida

                                           Recognition of Rural Legislative Champions

9:45-10:30 a.m.                  Bridging the Middle Skills Jobs Gap in Rural Florida

10:30-10:45 a.m.                Break

10:45-11:55 a.m.                Key Federal and State Funding Programs for Rural Florida

12:00-1:00 p.m.                  LUNCH

1:15-2:30 p.m.                    Roles, Programs, and Trends in Rural Job Training at the State and
                                           Regional Levels:  CareerSource!

2:35-3:15 p.m.                    Building the Pipeline of Workforce Talent:  Innovative High School Program 
                                           Linkages to Postsecondary Efforts

3:15-3:30 p.m.                    BREAK

3:30-4:00 p.m.                    Rural Issues Working Group Recap, Overview and Discussion

4:00-5:00 p.m.                    National Site Selection Consultants Panel

5:00-5:15 p.m.                    Wrap Up Day 1

5:30-7:00 p.m.                    Consultants Networking Reception


Friday, September 8, 2017

7:30-8:30 a.m.                   Breakfast and Registration

8:30-9:30 a.m.                   Legislative Advocacy Challenges, Priorities, Strategies and Efforts for Rural Florida

9:30-10:15 a.m.                 REAL World Economic Development Challenges in Rural Florida

10:15-10:30 a.m.               BREAK

10:30-11:30  a.m.              Closing Keynote Address

11:30-11:45  a.m.              Summit Wrap Up and Charge