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Community Conversation

Community Conversation
Live Stream of the Texas Tribune's Symposium on the Future of Rural Texas
  • When Nov 13, 2018 from 11:00 AM to 04:00 PM (US/Central / UTC-600)
  • Where Johnson City Library
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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.”