The Forgotten 20 Percent: Land Use Development and Conservation Challenges in Rural America
A symposium presented by the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law
Friday, April 19th, 2013
Vermont and New Hampshire CLE and CM credit will be available
Co-hosted by the Environmental Law Center, Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity, and the American Planning Association, Northern New England Chapter
About the Symposium:
This symposium will address a wide range of cutting-edge topics facing rural America, including:
-- Demographic trends in Vermont and in other rural areas across the country and the world
-- Alternative strategies for effective conservation of rural back country areas
-- Approaches for providing affordable, high quality internet, transportation and other public services
-- Exploring the state of the rural housing stock and rural economy
-- Examining the benefits and burdens of use-value taxation, such as the widely used "current use" tax programs
8:00 - 8:45 Registration
8:45 - 9:00 Welcome and Introductions
Marc Mihaly. President, Dean, and Professor of Law, Vermont Law School.
9:00 - 10:15 Keynote Panel
Ken Johnson. Senior Demographer, the Carsey Insitute, University of New Hampshire.
Gershon Feder. Chair, Publications Review Committee, International Food Policy Research Institute.
Mark Lapping. Distinguished Professor, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine.
10:15 - 11:30 Rural Infrastructure: Challenges and Strategies
Karen Horn. Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Vermont League of Cities and Towns.
Robert Bruce. Former General Counsel, Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Joe Segale. Policy and Planning Manager, Vermont Agency of Transportation.
11:30 - 12:15 Lunch
Lunch will be provided for all registered attendees.
12:15 - 1:30 Alternative Approaches to Land Conservation
Robert Liberty. Director, Urban Sustainability Accelerator, Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University.
Jane Difley. President/Forester, Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.
Robert Anderberg. Vice President and General Counsel, Open Space Institute.
1:30 - 2:45 Rural Taxation: Benefits and Burdens
Deb Brighton. Independent Consultant in VT, specializing in tax policy issues.
Lori Lynch. Professor of Agricultural Economics, University of Maryland.
Darby Bradley. Former President, Vermont Land Trust.
2:45 -3:15 Coffee Break
Coffee and snacks will be provided.
3:15 - 4:30 Building Sustainable Communities: Employment and Housing in Rural America
Gus Seelig. Executive Director, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board.
Laurie Ristino. Director, Center for Agriculture and Food Systems, Vermont Law School.
Shaun Gilpin. Program Director, Mobile Home Program, Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity.
Chase Community Center
Vermont Law School
164 Chelsea Street
South Royalton, VT 05068
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Accreditation will be requested from the Vermont Bar Association. Vermont Law School is an accredited CLE provider in the state of Vermont.
Speakers and schedule are subject to change. Please check back for updates.
For questions or help with registration, please contact VJEL@vermontlaw.edu. Please include "Symposium 2013" in the subject line.