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Bair speaks at rural summit

The Honorable Sheila C. Bair

(The Star Democrat) – The 2015 summit of the Rural Maryland Council in Annapolis at the end of December drew more than 230 people, according to a news release from the council.

The keynote speaker was Sheila Bair, president of Washington College and former chairman of the FDIC. Bair gained national prominence during the financial crisis of 2007-2008, and was twice named the second most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine. She is Washington College’s first female president and the author of several books, including “The Bullies of Wall Street.”

The summit serves as a lead-in to the Rural Maryland Council’s January 2016 legislative luncheon and the issues that will come up in the upcoming session of the Maryland General Assembly, which will convene in Annapolis Jan. 13 to April 11, according to the council.

“Over this past year the Rural Maryland Council has been talking about aspirations. Not only our aspirations for our rural communities, but also the aspirations of our citizens, businesses, nonprofits and other stakeholders,” said Charlotte Davis, the council’s executive director.

The conversation will continue at the council’s legislative luncheon on Friday, Jan. 29, in Annapolis.

Those in attendance at the biannual summit included residents, state and local government leaders, nonprofit organizations that work in rural communities, and professionals representing health care, economic development, agriculture, forestry, workforce development, and community development, the council said.

At the summit, Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, director of intergovernmental affairs for the governor’s office, was honored with the Rural Champion Award.

Founded in 1994, the stated goal of the Rural Maryland Council is to serve as a voice for rural Maryland, advocating for and helping rural communities and businesses.

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