Hosted by the Rural Opportunity Initiative (ROI) and held at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, the Rural Capital Forum focused on how capital flows to investments from venture capital to infrastructure in rural America. The discussion addressed the geographic imbalance of capital flow, hurdles to capital formation, demands of institutional investors, and role of government in investment policies. The interactive discussion with government and private sector leaders were about how investors make decisions on investing in asset pools and what it takes to ensure that rural America is not left behind.
Together with USDA, Mississippi State University, Purdue University, and Iowa State University, the Rural Opportunity Initiative (ROI) at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business held their annual Rural Capital Forum to discuss the need to focus on rural investments and the future of rural economic opportunity.
Tom Vilsack, US Department of Agriculture
Matt McKenna, Business for Impact
Brad Nordholm, Farmer Mac
Jay Jacobs, PIMCO
Andrew Dumont, Federal Reserve System
Greg Puckett, County Commissioner, Mercer Count, West Virginia
Bette Brand, USDA Rural Business-Cooperative Service
Darrin Williams, Southern Bancorp, Inc.
Nathan Ohle, Rural Community Assistance Partnership
Jim Fitzgerald, Wells Fargp
Rajiv Singh, S2G
Franklin McLarty, The Firmament Group
Todd Van Hoose, Farm Credit
Ashley Allen Jones, i2
Eric Kessler, Arabella Advisors
Eric Letsinger, Quantified Ventures
Jai Templeton, Commissioner of Agriculture, State of Tennessee
Dr. Mark Edelman, Iowa State University, Community Vitality Center