i2Capital Forum

February 4, 2020
8 am - 3 pm

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.

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Rural Capital Forum

November 15, 2018

9 am - 3:30 pm

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.


Speakers included:

  • 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 

  • Emily Edwards, Village Capital 

  • Tony Toups, Advantage Capital

  • Dale Lynch, Farmer Mac

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