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Creative Rural Class Conference

CRC Conf 1On 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.

CRC Conf 2The 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.