Vilsack to headline Georgetown rural finance conference
Former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will headline a Georgetown University conference on rural capital and opportunity on Thursday.
The forum is organized by Matt McKenna, who was a senior adviser to Vilsack on rural private sector investment and now heads the Rural Opportunity Initiative, a program of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.
The day-long event will bring together people from business, politics, banking and land-grant universities to discuss how to drive rural prosperity through private investment.
Vilsack will deliver the keynote address on the need for a new focus on rural investment.
Other speakers include Bette Brand, the administrator of USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service; Andrew Dumont, senior community development analyst, Federal Reserve System, and Eric Kessler of Arabella Advisers.