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Presented Virtually

October 21, 2020

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.



October 21, 2020

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.                        Welcome          

10:15 - 10:30 a.m.                        Keynote Speaker

  • Governor Ralph S. Northam


10:30 -11:30 a.m.                         Rural Broadband Discussion

  • United States Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger

  • United States Congressman Rob Wittman

  • Moderator: Evan Feinman, Governor Northam's Chief Broadband Advisor

11:30 - 11:45 a.m.                        Break


11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.               A Fireside Chat with Featured Speaker*

  • Beth Ford, CEO, Land O'Lakes

  • Moderators: Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, Bettina Ring and Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Dr. Jewel Bronaugh


12:15 - 1:00 p.m.                          Lunch Break


1:00 - 2:00 p.m.                            Panel Discussion on Rural Virginia's Economic Recovery

  • Tom Barkin, President & CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

  • Stephen Moret, President & CEO of Virginia Economic Development Partnership

  • Lisa Sturtevant, Chief Economist, Virginia Realtors

  • Moderator: Larry Terry, Executive Director of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia


2:00 p.m.                                        End of Program 

* Agenda items noted with an asterisk are pre-recorded and will be presented during the assigned time slot.

Keynote Speaker

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Ralph S. Northam

Featured Speaker

Beth Ford

CEO, Land O'Lakes

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