Intermountain Impact, Resilience and Recovery
With many rural communities still recovering from the last Great Financial Crisis, COVID-19 has compounded these challenges and poses a serious threat to rural solvency throughout the nation. Rural economies tend to have fewer sources of capital, are more reliant on single industries/sectors (e.g. mining, tourism etc.), and host an aging workforce.
However, the very nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, a public health crisis paired with an unprecedented economic downturn, has fundamentally challenged many assumptions about how to build and maintain a robust and resilient economy. This has created the space and opportunity to rethink how we collectively conceive economic resilience, through firmly placing equitable recovery first.
This session will convene investors, economic development specialists, and communities from across rural Utah and Colorado to discuss their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Each group will provide an overview of how they are adjusting to the new normal we have been thrust into, discuss examples of best practice, and uncover opportunities around how to mobilize coordinated communities and investment for recovery.
The session will be delivered in partnership with Four Points Funding, the Utah Association of Counties and Sorenson Impact Center.
Convene key stakeholders from rural Utah and Colorado.
Create a forum to discuss and share best practices in response to COVID-19.
Explore opportunities for economic recovery in rural communities.
Discuss lessons learned from rural OZ development and how these might be applied in
the current context.