Starting November 04 2014, 08:15 AM
Ending November 06 2014, 05:00 PM

Balancing Nature and Commerce in Rural Communities and Landscapes

During this 3-day course being offered in Kansas this year, community-based teams will focus on the economics, community character, natural resources, and partnership building skills necessary for creating sustainable communities.  Teams will identify opportunities to differentiate their communities based upon their unique assets, have the opportunity to hear the latest trends in bringing alternative energy or transportation or sustainable agriculture practices to their rural communities, and develop specific action plans for implementation when they return home!

Community Leaders & Citizens:

  • Are you interested in strengthening your community's capacity to manage economic and demographic changes in your area sustainably?
  • Is your local economy vunerable rather than vibrant? Are you struggling to keep your younger generations from leaving the area?
  • Conversely, is your rural community feeling the pressures of rapid growth, increasing tourism, or resource development?
  • Is your community concerned about losing its unique character and special places?
  • Is your community seeking a better relationship with large landowners--whether public land managers or private sector interests such as agricultural or forestry concerns?

Public Land Managers:

  • Are you interested in improving communications and partnerships with nearby communities?
  • Are you feeling the pressures of reduced budgets and changes in visitor patterns?
  • Are you interested in opportunities for improved resource management by addressing adjacent land issues in your surrounding community?

Private Landowners & Businesses:

  • Are you interested in improving communications and partnerships with nearby communities?
  • Do you want to invigorate economic opportunities in your community and grow or attract new businesses?
  • Do you want to strengthen your community's capacity to compete economically?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, then consider putting together a community team and attending this course!


Application Deadline: September 15, 2014! The registration fee is $650/team

*NOTE: Teams will be notified of acceptance by September 22nd and will be provided instructions to pay registration fee at that time.


A room block for out-of-town participants has been secured at Four Points by Sheraton in Manhattan, Kansas. Teams will recieve detailed information about the room block along with notification of acceptance.


With questions or to discuss forming a team, please contact Katie Allen (304-876-7925 /, Kendra Briechle (703-908-5817/, Margarita Carey (304-876-7924 /, or Kris Hoellen (304-876-7462 /

Event Location

Four Points by Sheraton
530 Richards Drive
Manhattan, KS 66502

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