Connecting the Dots - Building Resilient Communities

Join us for the 9th Annual Community Foundation Convening!

September 17th & 18th
Roosevelt Jr. High School
Red Lodge, Montana


Whether it be learning about transitioning economies or how to utilize Brownfield grants, this convening is designed to provide tools for community leaders to build resilient communities. This year features sessions centered around community and economic development, breakout sessions focused on organizational capacity, and a new platform for exchanging knowledge and ideas.

Mark Haggerty 

Many Montana communities are currently facing economic transitions. Is your community foundation ready to be a community leader in that transition? Mark will share economic and community development strategies that help your community plan and create a positive outlook for resilience. He will build a learning framework that includes Montana communities currently in economic transitions and will help us think about what makes communities ready for their futures.

Mark applies economic and fiscal data to real-world land-use and development challenges. He has experience as a researcher, trainer, and facilitator in western communities with an emphasis on land use and community planning. Mark holds a B.A. in economics and M.A. in Geography from the University of Colorado.

Jason Seyler

Does your community have a retired gas station downtown that you think would be the perfect spot for.... (fill in the blank). Do you know how your community can take advantage of the Brownfields program through Montana DEQ? Jason will provide a "Brownfields 101" session for community foundation leaders wanting to utilize new tools to revitalize their community.

Jason Seyler is the Brownfields Coordinator for the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. Jason enjoys finding creative solutions for nonprofits, local communities, businesses, and developers to assess and clean up contamination at underutilized or blighted properties throughout Montana. Jason has served with DEQ for 13 years and has successfully assisted with the cleanup and revitalization of properties that are typically considered too challenging for redevelopment. Jason has a M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, a B.S. in Environmental Science from James Madison University and has served Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer.


Monday, September 17

2:00 - 3:00 pm Registration

3:00 - 5:00 pm
Pre-Convening Retreat: Governance Matters: Making your board better!

5:00 pm
Social and Networking 

6:00 pm
Hosted Dinner

Tuesday, September 18 

7:30 am

8:00 - 8:15 am Opening Remarks

8:15 - 9:00 am
Breakfast and Idea Lab

9:15 - 11:15 am
Group Session 1: Economic Trends, Tools, and Opportunities for Community Foundations
Mark Haggerty, Headwaters Economics

11:15 - 11:30

11:30 am - 12:15 pm
Group Session 2: Guided Breakout: Why does this matter?
Mark Haggerty and LCF Advisory Committee facilitation

12:15 - 1:30 pm

1:45 - 3:15 Breakout Sessions

 Room      Subject     Topics     Presenter
 TBD     Community Development     Getting to the Shared Vision: How to build a conversation for your community's future          Jackson & Kellie (Grad students working with Meagher county and mine)
 TBD     Community Development     Brownfields 101: How to utilize Brownfields grants to revitalize areas in your town     Jason Seyler
 TBD     Community Development     Engaging Strategies for Community Betterment: Limited resources, endless needs. How do we choose what needle to move?     CF Panel


3:15 - 3:30 pm Break/Snack

3:30 - 4:30 pm
Closing Session

Montana Community Foundation

33 S. Last Chance Gulch, Suite 2A
Helena, MT 59601
(406) 443-8313 (406) 443-8313
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