Rooting Wealth that Sticks: Emerging Partnerships for 21st Century Regional and Rural Prosperity

Posted by on September 23, 2013

The Aspen Institute and Delta Regional Authority invite you to attend:

Rooting Wealth that Sticks: Emerging Partnerships for 21st Century Regional and Rural Prosperity
A Regional Forum
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Little Rock, Arkansas

What is it?
Rooting Wealth that Sticks is a regional forum that aims to highlight what’s working in rural America to fuel regional prosperity.  Practitioners from inside and outside the Delta will profile a range of sector-specific stories about current and emerging economic development partnerships that:

*   Increase regional wealth and self-reliance
*   Build jobs and business success
*   Strengthen key sectors – existing and emerging
*   Produce better livelihoods and upward mobility
*   Benefit low-income rural people, places and firms

The one-day forum offers participants the opportunity to learn about the principles and approaches used to build these “wealth-creation value chain” partnerships – and to engage in constructive conversations about applying them to their own work in other sectors or regions.  Forum participants will also identify changes in local, state and federal policy that can help advance more wealth-creation partnerships — and the ideas will be shared with the White House Rural Council and Congress. See the full forum agenda here:


*   Keynote speaker Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture and White House Rural Council Chair (Invited)
*   Remarks by Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe
*   Session Leaders from a range of regions and sectors, including: Christopher Masingill, Delta Regional Authority Chairman, Senchel Matthews, Delta Regional Director of Seeds of Change, Heifer International,  and Ines Polonius, Executive Director of alt.Consulting.

Who should attend?
YOU!  The Forum is open to anyone from anywhere who holds a stake in advancing regional and rural economies. That includes regional, state and rural economic development practitioners, private sector business owners and finance leaders, federal, state and local policymakers, regional educational institutions, organizations that are addressing or researching economic development innovations, local and national foundations, next-generation entrepreneurs and interested students, and media.

Visit for registration and details.  Register before October 1st with code Aspen 10 and receive a 10%-off discount!

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