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Join us on Tuesday November 13th as we live stream the Texas Tribune's Symposium, Community Conversation: On the Future of Rural Texas.  We will be start at 11:00  with the following schedule. 

11:15am-12:05pm Preserving Natural Resources

  • Blair Fitzsimons, CEO of the Texas Agricultural Land Trust
  • Marilu Hastings, vice president for sustainability at the Cynthia & George Mitchell Foundation
  • State Rep. Kyle Kacal, R-College Station
  • Roel Lopez, director of the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute
  • Moderated by Andrew Sansom, executive director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University

12:05pm Lunch will be provided. 

12:45-1:35pm The View from Rural Communities

  • Donnie Allred, Oldham County judge
  • Shelley Brophy, mayor of Nacogdoches
  • Alma Moreno, San Patricio County commissioner
  • Ramiro Rodriguez, mayor of Palmhurst
  • Moderated by Evan Smith, co-founder and CEO of The Texas Tribune

1:45-2:15pm The State of the Rural Economy

  • Glenn Hegar, Texas comptroller of public accounts

2:25-3:15pm Building an Economic Future

  • Becky Garlick, executive dean of Blinn College
  • Arleene Loyd, executive director of the Gainesville Economic Development Corporation
  • Joe Outlaw, professor and extension economist in the department of agricultural economics at Texas A&M University
  • Ines Polonius, CEO of Communities Unlimited
  • Moderated by Alana Rocha, multimedia reporter for The Texas Tribune

3:25-4:00-  Group Discussion

“This is an independently organized event inspired by reporting from The Texas
Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and
engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.”

As of Oct.1, the JCISD Bond Proposal is available to read at the Library


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