Economic Development Funding Forum

Thursday, November 7, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

at the Western Piedmont Council of Governments


1:00pm Welcome and Introduction – Anthony W. Starr, WPCOG Executive Director

1:15pm Bill Slagle, Economic Development Partnership of NC

1:30pm Melody Adams, NC Department of Commerce (Building Re-use & Rural Infrastructure)

1:45pm Libby Smith, NC Department of Commerce (Community Development Block Grants)

2:00pm Break

2:15pm Warren Smith, US Department of Agriculture

2:30pm Ted Lord, NC Golden Leaf Foundation

3:00pm Jon Risgaard, NC Department of Environmental Quality

3:15pm Olivia Collier, Appalachian Regional Commission (NC Commerce Office)

3:45pm Hillary Sherman, US Economic Development Administration

4:00pm Wrap-up and Adjournment – Anthony W. Starr

4:05pm Individual Discussions with Funding Agency Representatives



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