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Saturday, July 9 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Scaling Up the New Economy in Red and Rural Communities: Best Practices from the Field

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This session will explore innovative strategies that build the new economy in rural and Red (Conservative) communities, and which are ‘scalable’, replicable or that help build leadership and broadly based support.  Four organizations – We Own It (Madison, WI), One Voice (Mississippi) Local First Arizona (Arizona) and the Appalachia Funders Network (Central Appalachia) – will briefly highlight examples of their work, including democratizing energy and rural electric cooperatives, leveling the playing field for local businesses, and investing in the transition to a post-coal economy.  This session will be highly participatory.

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Kimber Lanning, Local First Arizona

Executive Director, Local First Arizona Foundation
Kimber Lanning is an entrepreneur actively involved in fostering cultural diversity, economic self-reliance and responsible growth for the Phoenix metropolitan area. She's the executive director of Local First Arizona, a statewide organization of over 2,500 local businesses working... Read More →
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Becky Ceperley

Consultant, Member of Charleston, WV City Council, Appalachia Funders Network, City of Charleston, WV
Becky Cain Ceperley is an at-large member of the Charleston, West Virginia City Council. Ms. Ceperley is employed as a consultant for the Philanthropy Engagement Project of Appalachia Funders Network.

Derrick Johnson

Derrick Johnson is the driving force behind One Voice, working tirelessly with local elected officials, philanthropic community and local stakeholders to make sure voices often neglected in Mississippi get heard. Derrick has served as State President for the Mississippi State Conference... Read More →
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Jake Schlachter

Executive Director, www.weown.it
Jake Schlachter is the executive director of We Own It, a start-up nonprofit that is building a new national network for cooperative member rights, education, and organizing, with the mission goal of bringing co-ops and their 130 million members into the movement for a new economy... Read More →
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Mary Snow

Mary grew up in Appalachia and has a strong commitment to rural people and places. Mary is a consultant for the Appalachia Funders Network’s Philanthropic Engagement Initiative and for Rural Support Partners community development efforts through the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust's... Read More →
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Liz Veazey

Network Director, We Own It
Since late 2015, Liz Veazey has been excited to put her skills and experience to work for We Own It, the national network for cooperative member rights, education and training as Network Coordinator. Liz has a range of communication, project management, technology, and organizing... Read More →

Saturday July 9, 2016 9:30am - 10:45am EDT
Rockwell Hall 201