2016 NCCES Community and Economic Development Statewide Conference

— Written By and last updated by Kerri Rayburn

You are invited to join your North Carolina Extension colleagues this May in Winston-Salem to explore the growing connection between the local food movement and community and economic development in North Carolina.

The 2-day conference will start with check-ins at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, at Biotech Place  in downtown Winston-Salem’s Innovation Quarter. There will be two workshop tracks that afternoon, starting at 1:00 p.m., presented by NC State faculty and Extension specialists – one focused on community and economic development and the other on local foods – covering such topics as sustaining the momentum of a community-driven project, market channels, grower-buyer connections, and a new strategy on agritourism development. These workshops will be followed by a presentation by Dr. Rich Bonanno, the new Director of the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, on agricultural policy. The afternoon will close with a reception featuring local foods in the Biotech Place Atrium. The day ends at 6:00 p.m., allowing everyone time for dinner and exploration in Winston-Salem’s fabulous downtown area.

The conference’s second day, Thursday, May 26, will begin with check-ins at 8:30 a.m. at Forsyth County Extension Center , also in Winston-Salem. There will be two workshops that day – one from 9 a.m. to Noon that introduces the basics on how to assess the impacts of local food efforts in your community, and the second from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. that guides participants through analysis and interpretation of data collection methods used in such assessments. Both workshops will be conducted by Dr. Becca Jablonski and Dr. Becky Hill of Colorado State University and Dave Swenson of Iowa State University, all primary contributors to USDA’s  The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices.  The conference ends at 3 p.m.

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Costs and Registration:  There will be a $50 registration fee to attend one day of this 2-day workshop, or $75 to attend both days. Please register through this Survey Monkey link and mail a check payable to NC State University for the appropriate fee amount. Include “2016 CED Conference Day 1,” “2016 CED Conference Day 2,” or “2016 CED Conference Both Days,” as appropriate, in the memo line. Your check should be mailed to:  Karla Frizzelle, NC State Cooperative Extension, Campus Box 7653, Raleigh, NC  27695-7653.

Hotel:  We have not booked a block of rooms at any hotel, but a list of local hotels and restaurants is provided for your information. The Downtown Marriott and Embassy Suites are within walking distance of the Biotech Place. A public parking deck is located at 4th and Church Street, across from the Biotech Place. Adequate parking exists at the Forsyth Extension Center on the second day.