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WeCAN Peer Learning Network Gatherings

Join rural leaders and experts for periodic, hour-long virtual gatherings to share insights into timely and relevant topics and plan for Solutions Roundtables and other PLN events. The three-state PLN meeting happens on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 10am Pacific /11am Mountain time — or other times as needed.

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Past and Future Sessions


December 2023 

Community-Led Projects: How to Help One Thing Lead to Another. Stories and insights from three rural community leaders will kick off our discussion. Join Vaughn Zenko (Baker, MT) and Susie Taylor and Maggie Anderson (Troy, MT) for a discussion of how to foster momentum and positive ripple effects in community projects and toward community goals.

12/13/23 • 10-11 PT/11-12 MT


January 2024

Supporting Local and Regional Food Systems and Businesses. Join Colette DePhelps (University of Idaho Extension) to learn about the new Northwest and Rocky Mountains Regional Food Business Center. This is a USDA-funded initiative to support a more resilient, competitive and diverse food system. You'll learn about opportunities for support for your local ag and food businesses and food system projects, and we'll open it up to a broader conversation about local and regional food systems.

1/10/24 • 10-11 PT/11-12 MT


October 2023

RAIN Catalysts CEO, Caroline Cummings, talked about how to support entrepreneurship in rural communities. RAIN Catalysts is a global nonprofit that focuses on engaging entrepreneurs as leaders in building inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystems and innovation economies. Caroline shared some underpinnings of how RAIN works to help us think about how to support entrepreneurship in our own places. She also offered resources, including the book Startup Communities by Brad Feld (search online for a free PDF version) and an adaptation of the Lean Canvas business planning tool for community projects, along with an accompanying video overview of how to use it.

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