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Thursday, September 26 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Bluegrass Museums - An Economic Development Tool

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Rural areas face significant economic development challenges, particularly locations that are attempting to enhance the local tax base with new job providers.  Some of these are more successful than others.   When successfully planned and executed, they create direct economic improvements in local jobs, government revenue and civic pride that are measurable.  Bluegrass music is a compelling strategy when the project is developed appropriately.  This panel will discuss the challenges and benefits of bluegrass music museums.

Speakers
avatar for Johnny Baier

Johnny Baier

American Banjo Museum
After a successful career as a performer, banjoist Johnny Baier put a journalism degree, nonprofit experience and a lifetime study of banjo history to work as the Executive Director of the American Banjo Museum located in Oklahoma City.  Beginning in 2004, Baier oversaw the growth... Read More →
avatar for Chris Joslin

Chris Joslin

Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Chris Joslin is the Executive Director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, KY and producer of ROMP Festival. A self-identified “banjo nerd”, Chris leads a world-class cultural center dedicated solely to the bluegrass genre and its global community. He works... Read More →
avatar for Mary Beth Martin

Mary Beth Martin

Earl Scruggs Center
As Executive Director of the Earl Scruggs Center, Mary Beth is dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the Center to engage visitors from the community and the world as a cultural destination, gathering place, and educational resource. She guides the vision and strategy and is responsible... Read More →
avatar for Leah Ross

Leah Ross

Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Leah Ross is the Executive Director of the Birthplace of Country Music. Over the past 18 years, Ross has played an integral role in the development and growth of Bristol establishing its identity as the birthplace of country music. As the Executive Director, Ross leads the team that... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

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