Jason Roberts www.betterblock.org

Arts activist and recipient of the Champions of Change award, Jason Roberts’ long list of accomplishments includes his role as originator of the Better Block Project. This international movement involves taking depressed blocks with vacant properties and converting them into temporary walkable districts with pop-up businesses, bike lanes, cafe seating and landscaping. The work has been featured in The New York Times, Dwell magazine and on NPR. Jason is excited to join us in Aberdeen for RuralX17!

Listen to Jason’s interview with Hugh Weber on The Potluck Society to see what he will bring to RuralX17.

Becky McCray/Deb Brown www.saveyour.town

Nationally recognized bloggers, speakers and rural advocates Becky McCray and Deb Brown join forces to deliver humorous, motivational and realistic advice on shaping a brighter future for any rural community. These popular speakers return from last year’s RuralX Summit with new ideas, topics and success stories—including some of your own!