Reimagining Rural Gathering Registration open image

A convening for funders, policy makers, and partners invested in a vibrant future for rural Montana.

June 13, 2023

Townsend, MT

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9:30 am 

Registration Opens

10:00 am 

Welcoming Remarks

10:20 am 

A Changing Rural Montana – A Statewide Perspective, Innovation


  1. Tara Mastel, MSU Extension. Newcomers Study
  2. Kris Smith, Headwaters Economics.  Data on rural capacity

Role/working with communities/statewide scale:

  1. Taylor Crowl, Montana Community Foundation
  2. Speaker on examples of planning, influenced by RR, planning a leadership cohort for communities interested enhance infrastructure and planning
  3. Jacy Head, Beartooth RC&D on economic development in rural communities


  1. Tracy McIntyre, Montana Cooperative Development Center.
  2. Kaia Peterson, NeighborWorks Montana.



1:00 pm 

Rural Community Successes (Communities invited, not confirmed)

·         Cutbank: Reframing vision of what’s possible, beautification, welcoming

·         Roundup: Roundup Community Partners, Backporch BBQ

·         Worden/Ballentine: Bringing neighbors together, creating identity

·         Broadus: Community Based Leadership program

·         Forsyth: Branding, understanding your community, year-to-year progress

3:00 pm 


3:15 pm 

Debrief & Reflection - Facilitated Discussion

4:00 pm 


4:30 pm

Optional walking tour + brewery visit



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