BY EMMA PEPPER, DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC NETWORK COMMUNICATIONS, THE HUB
On June 19 and 20, the AARP is hosting a web-based live stream event with experts from across the country on rural livability issues like creating intergenerational communities, strengthening transportation options, improving housing affordability and choice, enhancing community infrastructure (with a focus on broadband and economic development), and preparing for extreme weather and disasters.
The conversations will be happening as part of a conference in Portland, Maine, but the organizers are encouraging and creating pathways for active participation from the live stream audience for the event. They will be using an app – PollEverywhere – as well as Twitter to engage the online audience.
From the organizers:
Day 1 (June 19) of the livestream event will feature presentations related to intergenerational communities, housing, broadband – and much more. Featured speakers include: Mark Fenton, national expert in public health, planning and transportation; David Lipsetz, Housing Assistance Council; Anthony Walters, National American Indian Housing Council; Brian Whitacre, Oklahoma State University; Brian Christenberry, Indiana Electric Cooperatives; Andrew Howard, Team Better Block; and Nancy LeaMond, AARP.
Day 2 (June 20) of the livestream event will feature presentations related to transportation, disasters and weather, how to engage federal and philanthropic partners – and much more. Featured speakers include: Cathy Glover, USDA; Jeremiah Christopher, FEMA; Laura Lee, Maine Community Foundation; Lamonte Guillory, LOR Foundation; Lynn Haglin, Northland Foundation; and former Meridian, MS Mayor John Robert Smith, Transportation for America.