Schedule

2021

January 11, 2021
Montana Council of Cooperatives Annual Meeting
 Keynote: An interactive workshop on how Cooperatives engage in Community

January 12, 2021
Member Watch Party and Live Q and A 
Refilling Your Business Pipeline

February 2, 2021
North Carolina Webinar Series
Downtown After 5

March 10, 2021
The Summit “Economic Revival: Charting a Path Forward for British Columbia Communities”
virtual keynote: Looking Forward: Rebuilding your Local Economy

April 6, 2021
North Carolina Webinar Series
Get More Customers Together

April 8-9,2021
MidStates Conference
Closing Keynote

April 21-22,2021
Wisconsin Rural Partners Summit
Keynote and Workshop

April 27-29, 2021
Standup Rural America
Charleston, WV
Keynote Speaker

May 9-16, 2021
Embedded Community Experience
5 County Region in Montana

Tentative:

postponed probably until spring 2021
Sisseton, South Dakota
Embedded Community Experience

Rescheduled until 2021
Brownfield/Main Street West Virginia Conference
Plenary Speaker

postponed
Embedded Community Experience
Valdez, AK

postponed
Minnesota Brownfield Conference
Keynote Speaker – Filling Empty Buildings

been creating videos accessible online for a number of years at www.saveyour.town. We also do live broadcasts.

If this is something you’d like to talk about with me, just shoot me an email and let’s talk! deb@buildingpossibility.com

Looking back at 2020

My own Idea Friendly Story

Brendan Hoffman, international photojournalist from Kiev, Ukraine, was spending two months at my place. It was an artist residency giving him the opportunity to showcase his photos from the Ukraine War. It was a perfect opportunity for me to try out an Idea Friendly big idea. What if we had a temporary gallery in an empty building? Brendan was on board, as was Legacy Learning Boone River Valley. 

A group of interested people gathered, discussed what was needed and began taking small steps to get it done. No committee meetings, just everyone doing a little something. An empty building, press releases, online marketing, outreach to Ukrainian communities, funds for framing photos, volunteers to greet visitors were just a few of the connections made and small steps taken. 

It went off without a hitch. It was successful under regular conditions: great turnouts, promotion of the empty space (now full), and recognition for the artist. More surprising results were tied to the actual photographs. They showed the viewers that war can happen anywhere, and quickly. This area of the Ukraine was once just another group of small communities, living their lives day to day. Then one day armoured tanks rolled through their streets, bombings happened, many people died. War is real. 

Videos: 

Each month we wrote, shot and recorded videos. After the pandemic began we switched to videos that focused on recovery. We also reduced the price to $5. You can take a look at our site: https://learnto.saveyour.town 

Keynotes: 

  • Opening Keynote for TS Bank Economic Development Conference for Rural towns in Staunton, Iowa, Filling Empty Buildings. 
  • Opening Keynote in Hannibal MO for North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) Title
  • Annual Dinner Keynote in Rock Valley, Iowa The Future of Rural
  • Keynote for Small Business at Sequin TX The Future of Small Business
  • Spoke at Radically Rural Remote Take Your Empty Buildings off Furlough!
  • SMTulsa 8 Ways to get around the rules
  • Montana Extension presentation with Becky McCray Idea Friendly Method 
  • TMCN Virtual Conference – Seeing the Small Town Future
  • presentation to RCD in Hancock County Filling Empty Buildings and Lots

Student Work

  • Live Q and A with students in Idaho
  • Students in Grundy County, Illinois How to start a rural business

Podcasts:

Webinars:

  • BCEDA Refilling the Business Pipeline
  • First Friday Kansas State Grow Your Own Entrepreneurs, Making Entrepreneurship Self Sustaining 
  • NRECA Community Development webinar series Save Your Town By Engaging Everyone
  • Master of Agribusiness (MAB) program at K-State The Future of Rural

Radio interview

  • Jackie Shireman of WBBA Radio in Pittsfield, Ill.
  • KHMO AM of Hannibal
  • Scott Hardy at WTAD Radio in Quincy, Ill

Recorded interviews posted on LinkedIn:

  • Ann in Idaho
  • Rob Hatch 
  • Ted Kilmer
  • Pastor 
  • Erica Pangburn
  • Mary Hodson
  • Andrew Button
  • Chris Casillas
  • CC Chapman

ECE

  • Ripley Ohio
  • Mt Ayr Iowa
  • 5 counties in Montana 

Coaching 

  • Client in upstate NY 
  • I meet regularly with Brook Boehmler, and we coach each other 

Miscellaneous

  • #140Liv Co Hosted several episodes with Jeff Pulver
  • Spoke to Rotary about Art in Communities
  • Did a live Q and A on Our Town Matters

Previous Speaking Appearances include:Deb at RuralX

  • Brownfields National Annual Training
  • NADO Annual Conference
  • International Economic Development Conference
  • TEDx Brookings
  • Western Area Chamber Executives Conference, Los Angeles
  • Radically Rural Conference, Keene, New Hampshire
  • Colorado Hospital Association Annual Conference
  • Michigan Association of Planners Annual Conference

 

Schedule for 2020

June 11, 2020
Tri-State Housing Summit
Hannibal, MO
Keynote

September 4, 2020
Kansas State Extension
Grow Your Own Entrepreneurs
watch the video, just click here

September 17-18, 2020
SMTulsa Conference
virtual 

September 24, 2020
Radically Rural Remote
virtual speaker

September 29, 2020
Webinar for Montana Extension

October 28, 2020
Texas Midwest Community Network Annual Conference
virtual Opening Keynote

November 2, 2020
Mt. Ayr, Iowa Embedded Community Experience

November 16, 2020
Rock Valley, Iowa Chamber Annual Dinner
Keynote Speaker

December 14, 2020
GEEK presentation, Grundy County, IL
interactive workshop with students

December 15, 2020
Watch Party with SaveYour.Town Members

Schedule for 2019

February 1, 2019
Kansas State Research and Education
Webinar: Marketing in a Small Town
available online after February 4

February 19 to 26, 2019
Sebring and Columbiana, Ohio
Embedded Community Experience

March 7-13, 2019
SXSW
attending in Austin, TX

March 18-20, 2019
Nebraska Catalyst Program
Embedded Community Experience
York, Nebraska

March 28-29, 2019
Tulsa, Oklahoma
SMTulsa

April 10-16, 2019
Paulding, Ohio
Embedded Community Experience

May 6-13, 2019
Clay County in North Texas 
Embedded Community Experience

July 1-3, 2018
Oblong, Illinois
Embedded Community Experience

July 4-5
Timberville, Virginia
Historical visit with Ned Overton

September 6, 2019
webinar 
K State Research and Extension Webinar
Filling Empty Buildings

September 27, 2019
She Is Conference
Emmetsburg, Iowa

October 13-14, 2019
Missouri Community Betterment Conference

October 19-22, 2019
National Association of Development Organizations Annual Training
Reimagining Regional Development:
Building Capacity, Building Regions

Reno,NV

October 28, 2019
Annual Celebration Legacy Learning Boone River Valley
“Who rides a bike from Canada to Mexico?”
Guest speaker Ben Weaver

November 20, 2019
Embedded Community Experience and
Idea Friendly presentation for small towns

Webster City, Iowa

December 11-13
Keynote for National Brownfields Training Conference 
Los Angeles, California

December 10-20, 2019
Cruise through Western Mexico
Everyone should take a vacation!

2020

Wisconsin Rural Partners Summit
Keynote and Workshop
April 22-23, 2020

Northeast Community Action Conference
Hannibal, Missouri
June 11, 2020

Pending:

SMTulsa Conference, March 26-27,2020

Sisseton, SD spring 2020

 

Other Speaking Appearances:  

  • Rural X Summit
  • Misfit Conference
  • 140 Character Conferences – NYC,  Iowa, and Small Town
  • Regards to Rural Conference, Portland, OR
  • Michigan Small Town and Rural Development Conference
  • Mid America Chamber Executives (MACE)
  • The Future of Rural Conference, Klamath Falls, OR
  • Historic Preservation Summit Iowa
  • Iowa Byways
  • Women’s Business Conference, Kearney, NE
  • MidStates Economic Development Conference
  • Stuart, Iowa Chamber Dinner
  • Building Communities Conference, Surf Ballroom, Iowa
  • Rural Arts and Culture Summit, Morris Minnesota
  • Central Iowa Tourism
  • Southern Illinois Economic Development Conference
  • Western Iowa Tourism
  • Missouri Community Betterment Association Conference (twice)
  • Milbank, South Dakota
  • Monroe Economic Development Conference, Monroe, Wisconsin
  • Iowa Museum Association Annual Conference
  • Rural Business and Innovation Summit, Klamath Falls, OR
  • Rural That Works Annual Conference
  • Social Media Breakfast, Mason City, Iowa and Albert Lea, Minnesota

Embedded Community Experiences:

  • Akron, Iowa
  • Belle Fourche, South Dakota
  • Ritzville, Washington
  • Avon, Minnesota
  • Cold Springs, Minnesota
  • York, Nebraska
  • Rock Valley, Iowa
  • Bennettsville, South Carolina
  • Forest County, Pennsylvania
  • Ohio RCAP Project: Minerva, Carrollton, Columbiana, Sebring, Fostoria,  and Paulding, Ohio
  • Roscommon County, Michigan
  • Estherville, Iowa
  • Webster City, Iowa

Webinars:

  • Rural Economic Development Webinar – Blaine, Canada and Pro Learning Laboratory
  • SaveYour.Town Videos Monthly with Becky McCray
  • National Realtors Association Webinar with Tyler Abens
  • K State Research and Extension Webinar Marketing Your Small Town 
  • K State Research and Extension Webinar Filling Empty Buildings