Register for the Rural Community Action Assembly on Capital Ecosystems by June 28

Register for the Rural Community Action Assembly on Capital Ecosystems by June 28

Don’t forget to register for a virtual Rural Community Action Assembly on Community Foundations, CDFIs, and Regional Revitalization, scheduled for Wednesday, June 30, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET.

This assembly will be an examination of community capital ecosystems for regional revitalization, with an emphasis on the impact of partnerships between philanthropy, mission-based lenders, and local leaders on quality of life, job and population growth, and attracting external capital to a region. Speakers will present on revitalization models implemented in Kansas, Michigan, and other regions, giving attendees the opportunity to consider the implementation of these models in Pennsylvania. Leaders and staff from foundations, community development financial institutions (CDFIs), local and regional governments, economic development entities, and anchor institutions are encouraged to register and participate in this learning and networking opportunity.

Participation is free, but registration is required and attendance is limited. A video recording and presentations will be shared publicly afterward. Registration for the assembly will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on June 28. Participants will have opportunities to engage with their peers, and all attendees will be encouraged to contribute to the conversation.

The agenda, with additional speakers to be announced, includes:

Welcoming remarks
10:00 a.m.

Opening remarks: Kevin E. Boozel, Butler County Commissioner and President, County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania
10:05 a.m.

Community Capital Ecosystems for Regional Revitalization
10:15 a.m.

  • Aubrey Abbott Patterson, President and CEO, Hutchinson Community Foundation
  • Elissa Sangalli, President, Northern Initiatives
  • Michael Swack, Research Professor and Director, Center for Impact Finance, University of New Hampshire
  • Moderator: Richard Vilello, Deputy Secretary for Community Affairs and Development, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

11:35 a.m.

Small group breakout discussion
11:40 a.m.
Attendees will discuss the panel presentations, including opportunities and challenges for local implementation, in groups of roughly eight.

Full assembly report back
12:10 p.m.
One attendee from each breakout group will report back on their conversation to the full assembly with group discussion to follow.

Networking lunch (optional)
12:30 p.m.
Attendees are encouraged to bring lunch and network with other attendees after the event concludes.

This virtual meeting is a continuation of the Rural Community Action Assemblies begun in 2020. This series focuses on actionable research and programmatic models to promote a strong and equitable recovery from the impacts of the pandemic on rural communities. This series is cohosted by the Philadelphia Fed’s Community Development and Regional Outreach Department, Penn State’s Center for Economic and Community Development, and the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.

Learn more and register here.

For questions about this series, please contact Nathaniel Borek at

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