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February 2015

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Tuesday, 02.03 - Thursday, 02.05

Rural Health Policy Institute

The National Rural Health Association will hold its Annual Rural Health Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. February 3-5, 2015. Click here to visit the website for details and to register.  

(All day)
Washington, DC

Wednesday, 02.04


Don't miss out on this event!


**Registration Deadline: Friday, January 30, 2015**



Wednesday, February 4, 2015


5:30 p.m. Reception

6:30 p.m. Dinner 

Make your hotel reservation: 

Richmond Marriott 

Hosted by the Center for Rural Virginia 

Virginia Association of Counties 










Fireside Chat with Special Guests:






The Honorable Ralph S. Northam



Lieutenant Governor of Virginia






The Honorable R. Steven Landes



Virginia House of Delegates


(All day)

Friday, 02.06

The Administration's proposed budget for fiscal year 2016 will be released on February 2. What will it mean for rural housing programs? Join the Housing Assistance Council for a brief presentation and Q&A session. Learn about the proposals for USDA and HUD programs. How would proposed changes and funding levels in these programs affect rural communities? How is the budget likely to be received on Capitol Hill? Ask your questions of the experts at HAC.



Saturday, 02.07

This history museum, which operates a historic water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop May - October, holds the Ice Harvest Festival the first Saturday in February. Visitors can take part in a traditional ice harvest, using historic tools and techniques. Everyone works to fill the ice house, and then at the Museum's Independence Day Celebration, the ice is used to make ice cream.

In the days before refrigeration, ice harvests were essential to rural communities, for their own use, and as a winter "crop."


Festival also features ice fishing, ice scultping, historic cooking and blacksmithing demonstrations, soup buffet, local crafts and food.



(All day)
Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith, NY

Wednesday, 02.18

The Vermont Council on Rural Development's Summit on "Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change" on February 18, 2015 will bring together scientists, innovative business, non-profit, and community leaders, elected officials, public policy advocates, students, and interested residents. Together, participants will consider the impacts of climate change on Vermont and propose ways to advance the prosperity of the state while addressing them. The Summit will focus on how the emerging opportunities will allow us to build a national reputation, create jobs, and attract young people to our rural communities.


Over 400 are expected to participate and contribute their ideas to a Climate Change Economy platform. The day will feature a panel of Vermont scientists, a leadership group of businesses responding to climate change, and 13 working group discussions including:

  • Promoting a Vision for Transportation
  • Supporting Smart Growth, Reuse, Preservation, and Downtown Redevelopment
  • Developing Ubiquitous Distributed Energy
  • Innovating for Renewal, Recycling and Resource Limits
  • Strengthening Farm and Forest Carbon Sequestration and Profitability
  • Seeding a Vermont Climate Investment Strategy
  • Adapting Outdoor Recreation and Tourism


Save the Date: February 18, 2015, and visit our website for more information on the Summit and the work to come!


(All day)
Vermont Technical College. Randolph Center, Vermont

MONTPELIER, VT – The Summit on Creating Prosperity and Opportunity Confronting Climate Change takes place on February 18 at Vermont Technical College in Randolph. The Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) is organizing this event to look at specific ways to confront and mitigate the impact of climate change while creating jobs and strengthening our economy through those solutions.

“Vermont businesses and organizations are already widely recognized for their innovative leadership in energy conservation, resource recovery, and other related sectors,” says VCRD director Paul Costello. “We want to develop the strategies that will keep Vermont in the forefront of this work—helping others reduce carbon emissions and attracting the rewarding jobs this field provides.”

Working sessions throughout the day will focus on 13 tracks related to economic development in a time of climate change, including transportation, education, investment strategies, downtown redevelopment, tourism, and efficiency. Over 80 scientists, innovative business, non-profit, and community leaders, state and local officials, and public policy experts will be contributing their perspectives during panel discussions. The keynote speaker is Jigar Shah, one of the today’s leading cleantech champions.

The public is invited. Registration information and the most up-to-date Summit agenda, list of speakers, and topics can be found through VCRD’s home page at or call Margaret at 802 223-6091.


(All day)

Thursday, 02.19 - Friday, 02.20


The 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum, "Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century", will be held February 19-20, 2015 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel, in Arlington, Virginia. The forum will take a global, modern look at the complex aspects of today's agriculture industry. Visit the website here for details.  


(All day)
Arlington, Virginia

Monday, 02.23 - Friday, 02.27


The next NeighborWorks Training Institute will be held in Los Angeles, California, Wednesday, February 23-27, 2015. The event includes a symposium called “The Business of Community Change”. Click here for details and to register.


(All day)
Los Angeles, CA