On June 12-13, Clarion University brought creative rural class experts together with regional economic growth leaders to discuss the question, “Can northwest Pennsylvania benefit from what we know about building and nurturing a creative rural class?”, as well as the power of creative rural class communities to foster rural economic development, create jobs that stay, support small business growth and support a great quality of life.
The conference began Wednesday afternoon, June 12, in the Joseph P. Grunenwald Center for Science and Technology with presentations by Ms. Tina Lund, associate principal, Urbanomics; Dr. Tim Wojan, regional economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Dr. David McGranahan, economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture. The day’s activities concluded with the premiere showing of “Dawn of Astronomy” in the Donald Peirce Planetarium. The second day included a presentation by Mr. Robert Donnan of Robert Donnan Consulting and breakout sessions.
Photo 1 -- L to R: Dr. Tim Wojan, regional economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Dr. Phil Frese, dean, College of Business Administration, Clarion University; Dr. Ron Nowaczyk, provost, Clarion University; Dr. Karen Whitney, president, Clarion University; Ms. Tina Lund, associate principal, Urbanomics; Ms. Jamie Lefever, director, Clarion County Economic Development Center; and Dr. David McGranahan, economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Photo 2 -- L to R: Mr. Robert Donnan, Robert Donnan Consulting; and Dr. Ron Nowaczyk, provost, Clarion University.
More photos from the event are available online.