Thursday, February 20, 2014

Preventing the Ghost Town: What Rural Communities Need To Do To Survive in the Modern Economy

I'm excited to be a speaker at the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy symposium, which is happening tomorrow and will have a number of other great speakers.  The good news is that the event will be taped, so even if you can't stop by Lawrence, Kansas tomorrow, you can still check out all the action in the future.    Learn more here.


Preventing the Ghost Town: What Rural Communities Need to Do to Survive in the Modern Economy



Here is the schedule:

7:30-8:15 Check-in and Breakfast
8:15-8:25 Welcome & Overview of the Symposium Schedule
Dean Mazza, Dean and Professor, University of Kansas School of Law
Ashlee Yager, Editor-in-Chief, University of Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy
Amanda Marshall, Symposium Editor, Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy
8:25-9:15 Global Look at the Sustainability of the Rural Community (PDF)
In order to address the issue of the sustainability of rural communities, the topic needs to be addressed from a global perspective. Dr. Green will speak on how land use, business opportunities and needs, and governmental needs and challenges are inextricably connected for rural communities attempting to develop strategies for economic development.

Dr. Gary Green, University of Wisconsin
9:15-9:30 Break
9:30-10:20 Land Use and Sustainability (PDF)
Rural communities face many tough challenges when attempting to balance land use with sustainable development. As an expert in the field of land use and sustainable development law, Dr. Nolon will address the current legal challenges rural communities face when balancing economic development with environmental sustainability law and discuss potential solutions.

Professor John Nolon, Pace Law
10:20-10:35 Break
10:35-12:15 Panel Discussion: Issues Rural Communities Face When Attempting to Maximize Land Usage
In rural communities, as land owners attempt to maximize land usage to increase profit, unique challenges have arisen. This panel will discuss the challenges in attempting to maximize land usage from the perspectives of wind energy, oil and gas, and agriculture. The panel will take an in-depth look at the legal challenges and issues when wind and mineral rights are severed from each other and the land, as well as the agricultural issues that arise as land owners attempt to maximize land use for multiple functions.

Professor K.K. DuVivier, University of Denver Sturm College of Law (PDF)
Professor David Pierce, Washburn University School of Law (PDF)
Wes Jackson, The Land Institute (PDF)
12:15-1:15 Break for Lunch
1:15-2:05 Legal Institutions for Rural Economic Development (PDF)
Professor Stephen Miller will discuss the application of urban economic and environmentally sustainable development models to the rural community. As an expert in the field, Professor Miller will speak to how land use law, administrative law, state and local government law, and environmental law all impact the application of the urban economic development model to the rural community.

Professor Stephen Miller, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Economic Development Clinic, University of Idaho College of Law-Boise
2:05-2:25 Break
2:25-4:05 Panel Discussion: Governmental Needs and Challenges Faced by the Rural Community
This panel will address how the different governmental needs and challenges in the areas of health care, business development and Education intersect and conflict with each other. The speakers will discuss current programs available to help rural areas as well as address current needs and potential solutions. Panelist will discuss how the legal field can impact these various needs and challenges.

Sara Roberts, Director of Rural Healthcare in Kansas (PDF)
Patty Clark, Kansas Director of USDA Rural Development (PDF)
Donna Whiteman, Kansas Association of School Boards (PDF)
Andrew Kovar, Partner, Triplett, Woolf & Garretson (PDF)

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