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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.


Becky Cain Ceperley

Becky Cain Ceperley is a member of City Council in Charleston WV. She is currently employed as a consultant to the Appalachia Funders Network. She recently retired as the CEO of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.  She serves on many nonprofit boards and is a former President of the League of Women Voters of the United States. 

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 NAACP since 2004. He earned his Jurist Doctorate Degree from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Tougaloo College in... Read More →

Kimber Lanning

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 to advance public policy that enables locally owned businesses to thrive and builds a vibrant, inclusive economy.
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Jake Schlachter

Executive Director, We Own 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. Its first focus is on inspiring and supporting member-owner organizing efforts for governance reform, local energy and efficiency, and economic development within... 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 Healthy Places North Carolina Initiative. In these roles, she works to build networks and partnerships that deepen both regional and place-based development... Read More →
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Liz Veazey

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 skills and knowledge from her fifteen years as a social change leader and her study of environmental science, biology, social movements, history, and sociology. This... Read More →

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

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