A Special Governors' Roundtable: State and County Collaboration to Tackle Chronic Rural Poverty

Monday, February 22 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Don’t miss this timely roundtable discussion, which will highlight how state and local governments collaborate to tackle chronic rural poverty. Led by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, who served as Iowa’s Governor for two terms, the panel will feature innovative approaches to rural poverty intervention.

Hon. Tom Vilsack

Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Secretary Tom Vilsack serves as the nation's 30th Secretary of Agriculture. As leader of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Vilsack is working to strengthen the American agricultural economy, build vibrant rural communities and create new markets for the tremendous innovation of rural America.

In January, the White House announced that Vilsack will lead an unprecedented effort to address challenges facining rural America.

Hon. Bill Haslam

Governor, State of Tennessee

Governor Bill Haslam was re-elected to his second term as Tennessee’s governor with the largest victory in modern Tennessee history. Under Governor Haslam’s results-driven, common sense leadership, Tennessee is a national leader in education, job creation and fiscal responsibility.

Governor Haslam has focused on making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs, and Tennessee has been awarded “State of the Year” for economic development. Working with the General Assembly, he has balanced the budget every year, kept taxes low, ensured Tennessee has the lowest debt in the country, and nearly doubled the state’s savings account.

Hon. Gary R. Herbert

Governor, State of Utah

Governor Gary Richard Herbert has led Utah's recovery from the Great Recession to a position of national economic prominence. The Governor is focused on four cornerstones to strengthen Utah's economy: education, jobs, energy, and self-determination. As a result, Utah has become a premier destination for business, jobs, and an unsurpassed quality of life.

The Governor currently serves as Chair of the National Governors Association, where his chair’s initiative focuses on highlighting state-based solutions while enhancing a collaborative state-federal partnership. As Utah's 17th Governor, he took the Oath of Office on August 11, 2009.

Hon. Terry McAuliffe

Governor, Commonwealth of Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe is the 72nd Governor of Virginia. Since being sworn-into office, Governor McAuliffe has aggressively focused on building a new Virginia economy. Whether traveling to Bedford or Beijing, Governor McAuliffe has made it clear that his number one priority is economic development and he is working hard to create and maintain jobs throughout the Commonwealth.

Governor McAuliffe understands that in order to compete for the jobs of tomorrow, it is essential that we make key investments today. The Governor signed legislation increasing the amount of Virginia qualified research and development expenses that can now be claimed as a tax credit. This legislation is important because it encourages private companies to invest in the jobs of the future.

Hon. Tom Wolf

Governor, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

While finishing his PhD, Governor Tom Wolf worked as a forklift operator and warehouse worker in the family business, the Wolf Organization, a distributor of lumber and other building products based in York, Pennsylvania. Over the course of 25 years, Governor Wolf and his cousins grew the Wolf Organization — eventually more than quintupling the business in size — before selling the company in 2006.

2007, Governor Wolf took the job of secretary of revenue in Governor Ed Rendell’s cabinet, where he instituted reforms that grew and strengthened the state lottery and laid the foundation for millions of dollars in additional benefits for Pennsylvania’s seniors.

On January 20, 2015, he was sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 47th governor. Governor Wolf is focused on three simple goals: jobs that pay, schools that teach, and government that works.