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Indiana Office of Community & Rural Affairs


General Information

Tuesday, July 17 | 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Clarion Hotel and Conference Center 2480 Jonathan Moore Pike, Columbus, IN (Formerly the Holiday Inn)

This workshop provided quality information to elected officials, community foundation leaders, economic development leaders, agricultural community leaders and financial planners. Sessions were designed to help create partnership opportunities and offer ideas to encourage clients, families and residents to give back and invest in their rural communities.

Thank you for joining us!


10:00 - 10:05
David Terrell, Deputy Chief of Staff
Office of Lt. Governor Becky Skillman

Rosemary Dorsa, Director GIFT Technical Assistance Program
Indiana Grantmakers Alliance
10:05 - 10:50
Morning General Session
Featured Speaker: Charles W. Fluharty
President and CEO of the Rural Policy Research Institute, the only national policy institute in the U.S. solely dedicated to assessing the rural impacts of public policies.
10:50 - 11:00
11:00 - 11:50

Morning Breakout Sessions
***Attendees may choose from the following

Using Data to Identify Potential Donors
Carol Lukemeyer, MALS, CFRE, Presentation
Principal at Data Sense, LLC

Capturing Wealth: how can community foundations better answer the question: ‘Why should I give?’ to reach wealth holders
Pamela Jones Davison, J.D., Consultant and Charitable Gift Planner
Davidson Gift Designs, Handout on Real Estate Gift Options

12:00 - 1:20
Lunch and Keynote Address
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman
Keynote Speaker
1:30 - 2:20

Afternoon General Session

Featured Speaker: Dr. Michael Hicks, Presentation
Director of Ball State's Center for Business and Economic Research

Ball State's Community Asset and Inventory Rankings


2:30 - 3:15
Afternoon Breakout Sessions
***Attendees may choose from the following

Economic Development 101: learning the language of economic development and community foundations
Presented by:
Dick Heupel, Director,  Presentation
Ball State Building Better Communities
Jacob Sipe, Director of Real Estate Community Programs
Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Presentation
Judy Johnson, Executive Director, Washington County Community Foundation Presentation

The Wabash Model: an example of banks, foundations and communities working together 
Presented by:
Bill Konyha, CEO and President, Presentation
Wabash County Economic Development Corporation
Ron Kerby, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer
Crossroad Bank in Wabash

3:20 - 3:30
Kent Yeager, Director of Government Relations
Indiana Farm Bureau

Partners include:

Office of Community and Rural Affairs, Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indiana Farm Bureau, Indiana State University and the Rural Roundtable.

More Information

If you have further questions or need further assistance, contact Megan Zarazee, Executive Assistant to David Terrell for the Office of Community and Rural Affairs at

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