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Meetings, Conferences, and other events of interest

October 3-5, 2011
Washington, DC

The conference, "Rural Wealth Creation and Livelihoods" is being convened by the Economic Research Service and USDA and the Ford Foundation.

From the Rural Wealth Creation website, "fostering wealth creation that leads to improved livelihoods in rural America is a current top priority for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A host of local, regional and state action and research initiatives across the country are also exploring how innovative approaches and strategies can generate wealth that sticks in rural areas." The conference arise from those circumstances, and will follow the following objectives:

  • Increase understanding about what wealth is, and how wealth is created and maintained to expand livelihood opportunities and sustain rural communities.
  • Improve understanding about how policies and practices contribute and interact to create and sustain wealth in varying rural community contexts.
  • Surface questions and situations related to rural wealth creation that merit new or deeper research and/or improved program or policy approaches.
  • Begin to develop a shared framework and vocabulary around rural wealth creation that can connect research, practice and policy.
  • Open a practice-relevant dialogue and launch an ongoing community of practice - including practitioners, researchers and policymakers - around rural wealth creation.

They are currently accepting a "Call for Participation," which can be filled out here and needs to be submitted by May, 15, 2011.

June 4-9, 2011
The University of Georgia, Athens, GA

"A Profitable Land Use" will be the eponymous focus of the 12th annual North American Agroforestry Conference. The presentations and discussions will focus on the development and adoption of rural land management practices that integrate trees with crop and livestock production. The target audience is, "forest and farm landowners, farm land managers, business owners and entrepreneurs, scientists, students, extension specialists and agents, governmental and non-governmental professionals, policy makers, and forestry and environmental consultants." The call for papers for the conference is still open, and will be closed on November 1st, 2010. Find more information on submitting papers here.

June 1-3, 2011
Clearwater Beach, FL

The conference website provides the following information:

"In the true spirit of partnership and collaboration, the Alliance for Innovation, the Florida City and County Management Association, the City of Clearwater and Pinellas County, Florida join forces in 2011 to bring you the premier thinking conference for local government.

Blending the best of both the Alliance and FCCMA conferences, we are creating an atmosphere unlike any other event offered to local government professionals. Capitalizing on an amazing venue, beautiful Clearwater Beach, the 2011 TLG/FCCMA conference will focus on inspiring, rejuvenating and renewing your spirit of public service.

During the 2011 Transforming Local Government/FCCMA Conference, participants will explore questions surrounding the bold action required to meet today’s challenges. This time of change demands new ideas and approaches to address the “new normal.” Doing more with less, refocusing our priorities and becoming more collaborative will be explored throughout this conference.

Through innovative case study sessions, you will take an in depth look at the ingenuity and creativity of successful government programs. During stimulating keynote sessions, you’ll be inspired to tap into new energy and a sense of reinforced commitment to your work."

May 11-12, 2011
Marriot Oakland City Center, Oakland, CA

Ceres is holding its annual conference, scheduled for the middle of 2011. Register online here. Their website provides the following description:
"This year has seen an unprecedented number of challenges and disasters – the Massey coal mine collapse, the Senate’s failure to act on climate and clean energy and, of course, the BP oil spill. We already knew time was running short in implementing sustainable economic solutions, but we're now seeing the stark, deleterious effects of business as usual: lives have been lost, ecosystems ravaged, more jobs exported overseas. We have the technical know-how to bring about major change. And many companies and investors have been thinking creatively and moving decisively to transform the way they do business. Now it’s time to create the collective will to move forward, innovate our way past obstacles, and bring sustainability solutions to scale. Please join us in Oakland on May 11-12, along with fellow leaders in the corporate, investor, labor and NGO worlds. Together we’ll capitalize on our collective energy and creativity to move toward a truly sustainable global economy."

April 13,16, 2011
Washington Court Hotel, Washingtion, DC

The National Community Reinvestment Coalition(NCRA) is hosting it's conference, "National Challenges, Local Solutions: Rebuilding Homes, Lives and Communities." The NCRA website provides the following information:

"Join NCRC and leaders from business, government, community non-profits, media and academia April 13-16, 2011 in Washington, D.C. for cutting edge dialogue and hands-on trainings, workshops, plenaries and topical sessions on issues affecting America’s communities.

Morning and Afternoon Plenary Sessions

We bring national speakers to the stage to enlighten, inform and inspire you. Some will share wisdom from the street, others will share wisdom gained from academia. You are sure to walk away with a renewed passion too see under-resourced communities restored.


We believe that the people who know the topics best are the ones living and working on the front lines of our communities, which is why you will see a wide variety of presenters teaching on topics ranging from fundraising to CRA expansion. Our workshops focus on sharing skills, experiences and wisdom gained, instead of giving formulas or recipes for success. Both practitioners and those interested in these topics will benefit.


Formal networking sessions augment the relationship-building that naturally happens over dinner or after a workshop. Networking sessions are informal and allow deeper connections to form.


Quality resources are crucial to the success of any organization or program. The 2011 exhibit hall will be packed with information, fundraising resources, books, and other valuable tools to help us be more effective in our communities."

Confirmed speakers:

  • Thomas Perez, Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Dept. of Justice
  • Sheila Bair, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Donna Gambrell, Director, CDFI Fund

Register for the conference here.

March 7-9, 2011
Las Vegas, NV

"The City and County Performance Summit sessions fall into six categories: strategic performance management, budgeting and revenue generation, sustainable community development, collaboration and partnership, IT solutions and data efficiency, citizen engagement and open government. You can choose sessions that best apply to your organizational needs and interests, you can follow one theme throughout the event or you can choose sessions from each track option."

February 23-25, 2011
Shepherdstown, WV

Join us to hear nationally recognized speakers from across the country discuss key elements for success and vital lessons-learned. Be part of developing the strategy for the future of green infrastructure!

Select Speakers:

  • Richard Davis, Principal, Beveridge & Diamond
  • Richard Jackson, Professor and Chair, Environmental Health Sciences at UCLA School of Public Health
  • Neil Pederson, Administrator, Maryland State Highway Administration
  • Larry Selzer, President and CEO, The Conservation Fund

February 23-25, 2011

"The Inaugural 2011 National Green Infrastructure Conference is a gathering of policy-makers, practitioners, and on-the-ground implementers of green infrastructure practices and design from around the country. This is the first official conference of the National Green Infrastructure Community of Practice." You can download the preliminary agenda for the conference here. Make sure to register before January 31, 2011. You can still register after the deadline, but the registration fee will increase.

February 8-10, 2011
Victoria Conference Center, 720 Douglas Street, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

"'Embracing Change for Sustainability: Innovative governance, partnerships and financing.'

Whether your community is just starting on a sustainability path or has already seen the changes that a sustainable approach creates, the Sustainable Communities Conference is an opportunity to share your experience and learn from peers.

Who should attend?: The conference is the perfect opportunity for municipal decision-makers to connect with leading examples of sustainable development, training opportunities and resources for greening local communities.

With keynote addresses, seminars, workshops, panel discussions and a trade show, the event is designed specifically for networking with and showcasing solutions to key contacts and municipal leaders.

Highlights of the conference include West Coast Mayors Panel on Green Innovation and keynote Speaker Gil Penalosa, Executive Director of 8-80 Cities."

Early, discounted, registration ends December 15ths. Register here.

January 5-7, 2011
Hamilton, New Zealand

The Seventh Annual Internationational Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic, and Social Sustainability will be held from January 5-7, 2011. It will feature key speakers in those areas, as well as other papers, group discussion, and workshops.