Economic relationships between urban and rural communities within regions have never been more important as we navigate the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. Join the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) for a national summit on developing strategies to promote growth, equity and resilience through economic connectivity. The event will include the release of critical new research, discussions with key practitioners and policy leaders, and opportunities to engage on strategy development. Urban and rural leaders, policymakers and practitioners looking to strengthen economic opportunity, industry and equity in their communities and regions will not want to miss this event. 

Speakers include: 

  • Stephen Moret, CEO, Virginia Economic Development Partnership 
  • Craig Buerstatte, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Regional Affairs, U.S. Economic Development Administration 
  • Roberto Gallardo, Director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development and Purdue Extension Community & Regional Economics Specialist
  • Robin Barnes, Principal, Resilience Solutions 
  • Gynii Gilliam, President, Jobs Plus Inc., Coeur d’Alene, ID 
  • Mark Hodges, Mayor, Village of Hopkins Park, IL 
  • Christiana K. McFarland, PhD, NLC Research Director
  • Nathan Ohle, CEO, Rural Community Assistance Partnership
  • Clarence Anthony, CEO and Executive Director, National League of Cities