Joanne Is Speaking Saturday, May 22nd in Hood River, Oregon

by Joanne Steele on May 18, 2010


I’m packing my bags and taking off this week for Hood River, Oregon to the first ever Rural Development Initiatives’ (RDI) Ripple event.

Join me in Hood River, OR

I’ll be giving a presentation on Saturday morning from 9am to 11am about how the Kansas Sampler Foundation is helping rural Kansas towns to grow their tourism industry, and how KSF’s methods and success can be duplicated anywhere. I’ve written about the Marci Penner and KSF in the past. For details, read Community Centered Rural Economic Development Kansas Style.

The event, held from 9am to 3pm at the Hood River Hotel in Hood River Oregon is free of charge and open to the public.

Lily Brislen and Az Carmen also presenting

Also presenting are Lily Brislen, Micro Enterprise Development and Learning Program Manager for Umpqua Community Development Corporation in Roseburg, OR, and Dr. Az Carmen, Rural Development Initiatives’ Native American Services Coordinator.

Lily Brislen will be speaking on how to implement a successful Buy Local campaign, and the positive impact it can have on your town.

Dr. Carmen will be presenting about leadership development in Native American communities, and her work with the The Celilo Village Native American Youth Leadership Academy.

I’ll be sharing their stories and insights next week at

RDI does great economic and leadership development work with rural communities throughout Oregon and far northern California. is RDI’s online community, showcasing rural stories, images and a blog about rural issues. I’m honored to be a regular contributor to Ripple’s blog.

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