The Rural Housing session is a 2-Day series intended to serve as a ‘Train the Trainer’ opportunity for community development practitioners. The workshop will include a multi-dimensional overview of the challenges encompassing rural housing through a national lens, including:
Why Housing Matters
Housing and Planning
Examine current housing trends, challenges and concerns facing communities
Explore a comprehensive overview of housing data
Identify resources to guide community-based housing solutions
Practice a community planning tool useful in guiding decision-making
Dr. Alison Davis is the H.B. Price Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky and the Executive Director of the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky (CEDIK). CEDIK is an integrated engagement/research center housed within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the University of Kentucky. CEDIK’s mission is to build engaged communities and vibrant economies. Dr. Davis leads a team of fourteen engagement and research staff to support CEDIK’s five priority areas: economic development, leadership development, community health, community design, and arts engagement.
Since 2011, Joy Moten-Thomas has served as the assistant extension administrator for community development and outreach at Fort Valley State University located in Fort Valley, GA. She possess 16+ years of experience in higher education within the University System of Georgia’s 1890 Land-Grant System, and 20+ years of experience in government/political relations. She spearheads hosting, organizing, planning and executing outreach efforts to rural and underserved communities, and assisting in the development of a national community and economic development structure and strategic planning that aligns with the institution’s 1890 land-grant mission.
Vince began his career with USDA-Rural Development in 1983 and has held numerous positions within the organization. He works with USDA leadership and Ohio RD staff to build strategic partnerships to maximize leveraged resources and to strengthen rural capacity. His primary goals are to improve capacity with partners, build wealth in rural communities, and reduce poverty in areas of scarcity. Vince ensures Rural Development funding is responsibly allocated by working closely with elected officials, non-profit organizations, community foundations, private sector lenders, for-profit businesses, and other community development advocates.
Dr. Kim Skobba is an Associate Professor in the Housing Management and Policy program and the Director of the Housing and Demographics Research Center in the Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics at the University of Georgia. Dr. Skobba studies rural housing, housing insecurity, and long-term residential mobility patterns of low-income households. She teaches courses at UGA that focus on rural community and economic development, sustainable housing, and research methods.