June 25-26-2019
Atlanta, GA

Participant List: click here

Success Stories

Lori Heeman - Great Promise Partnership [PPT]

Fathiyyah Mustafa - Sumter Cooperative Farms Certified Organic [PPT]


Bill Ashton - Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement [PPT]

Chris Clark - Georgia Chamber of Commerce [PPT]

Jessie Johnson - Golden Triangle Resource Conservation & Development Council [PPT]

Chad Shealy - Vicksburg Warren School District [PPT]

Mike Thomas & Thomas Kimsey - Thomas USAF [PPT]

Participant Materials

Breakout 1-2: Connecting Assets to Priorites

Breakout 3: Building Strong Partnerships

Breakout 4: Telling Your Story - Data Session

Telling my Story-Writing a Needs Statement [PDF]

e-Connectivity for Rural America

Improving Quality of Life

Supporting a Rural Workforce

  • PowerPoint
  • Data Report Handout [PDF] [DOC]
  • Presentation from Nick Espinosa, USDA Farm and Nutrition Service [PPT]
  • Presentation from Ed Peace, USDA Rural Development [PPT]

Harnessing Technological Innovation

Economic Development

  • PowerPoint
  • Data Report Handout [PDF] [DOC]
  • Presentation from Samanthat Benjamin-Kirk, USDA Food and Nutrition Service [PPT]

Breakout 5: Prioritizing and Planning

Breakout 6: Preparing for Action - State Breakout Session

States and territories included in this Summit:

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee,
Virginia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands


NOTE: Each day begins at 7:00am with breakfast and concludes at 5:00pm

Aligning with the priorities identified by the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity, the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE) seeks to foster community prosperity in rural areas. To achieve this goal, OPPE wishes to bring together partners who are key to the revitalization of rural America. These summits will bring hope and opportunity, wealth creation, and asset building to the forefront of community development.

Invited Community Partners

  • 2501 Grantees
  • Minority Serving Land-Grant Universities (1890 and 1994)
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions and Hispanic-Serving Agricultural Colleges and Universities
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • 1862 Land-Grant Universities
  • Members of Rural and/or Agriculture Focused Communities
  • Community and Economic Development Community
  • Communities of Faith and Opportunity
  • Local, State, and Tribal Governments
  • Public and Private Sectors
  • Faith Leaders
  • Other Federal Partners
  • Asian American, Native American, Pacific Islander Serving Institutions


  • Fostering progress toward the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Priorities
  • Examining and connecting USDA and other federal programs of value to agriculture and rural communities
  • Demonstrating how to identify and approach relevant partners
  • Modeling a planning process for helping participants work within local communities to have success moving forward
  • Developing and implementing local prosperity councils

Takeaways - Participants will leave with:

  • A base understanding of USDA programs that can help them address their selected priority
  • A tool to guide exploration of range of assets to assist in addressing their selected priority
  • A draft partnership list and strategy for making invitations
  • A resource list of data sources relevant to the selected priority
  • A framework for telling the story of the local need
  • A planning tool to guide next steps
  • A broader set of networking relationships from among Summit participants

Hotel Information

Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport
1325 Virginia Ave
Atlanta, GA 30344