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Hosted by the Rural Opportunity Initiative (ROI) and held at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business, the Rural Capital Forum focused on how capital flows to investments from venture capital to infrastructure in rural America. The discussion addressed the geographic imbalance of capital flow, hurdles to capital formation, demands of institutional investors, and role of government in investment policies. The interactive discussion with government and private sector leaders were about how investors make decisions on investing in asset pools and what it takes to ensure that rural America is not left behind. A copy of the agenda is shared below.

Rural Capital Forum
November 15, 2018
AGENDA

9:00 am – 9:30 am Registration

9:30 am – 9:45 am Welcome
Matt McKenna, Executive in Residence, Rural Opportunity Initiative, Georgetown University

9:45 am – 10:15 am Keynote Address, The need for a new focus on rural investment
Tom Vilsack, former Secretary of Agriculture

10:15 am – 11:00 am Future of Rural Economic Opportunity
Moderator: Andrew Dumont, Senior Community Development Analyst, Federal Reserve System
Greg Puckett, Commissioner, Mercer County, WV
Bette Brand, Administrator, USDA Business and Cooperative Service
Darin Williams, CEO, Southern Bancorp

11:00 am – 11:15 am Break

11:15 am – 12:00 pm Fireside Chat
Jay Jacobs, Distinguished Global Fellow, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
Brad Nordholm, CEO, Farmer Mac

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Lunch

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Capital Allocation Panel: Infrastructure
Moderator: Nathan Ohle, Executive Director, RCAP
Jim Fitzgerald, Executive Vice President, Wells Fargo
Rajiv Singh, Former CEO, Rabobank
Franklin McLarty, Co-Founder, The Firmament Group
Todd Van Hoose, CEO, Farm Credit

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Capital Allocation Panel: Human Capital
Ashley Allen, Founder & CEO, i2 Capital, moderator
Eric Kessler, Founder & Senior Managing Partner, Arabella Advisors
Eric Letsinger, Cultivian Partners
Jai Templeton, Tennessee Ag Commissioner

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm Break

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm Capital Allocation: Innovation/Entrepreneurship
Mark Edelman, Professor, Iowa State University, moderator
Emily Edwards, Senior Associate, Village Capital – Nathan
Tony Toups, Principal, Advantage Capital Partners
Dale Lynch, Executive Vice President & CFO, Farmer Mac

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Closing, Matt McKenna