On Saturday, October 8th, the Indiana County Sustainable Economic Development Task Force will once again hold its annual Summit. Learn how our small communities are making big changes to create a sustainable economy. Experts and local leaders will provide presentations and workshops on financing opportunities, water resource stewardship, local food access projects, and more! Presentation titles and speakers will be announced over the next month. For Summit V event updates, please visit sustainableindianacounty.org or follow the Sustainable Economic Development Task Force on Facebook at @ICSEDTaskForce.

The annual Sustainable Economic Development Summit was first held in 2017. During that first Summit, the Indiana County Commissioners appointed the Sustainable Economic Development Task Force to identify strategies and initiatives grounded in sustainable practices that will help Indiana County prosper. Each year, the Task Force showcases local projects, research, financing programs, or panels on government policies to educate the public on issues that will impact this region.

Last year’s Summit IV was held exclusively online, and featured topics such as “Public Art and Creative Sustainability”, “Family Forest Carbon Program: Making an Income from Private Woodlots”, and “Shifts in the Energy Industry: Impacts on Our Workforce”. All video recordings of Summit IV (2021) and Summit III (2019) are available on the Task Force website or can be found on YouTube by searching “ICSED Task Force”. This year’s Summit V will be the first in-person Summit since 2019. Recordings of all presentations at Summit V will be made available to the public.

The Indiana County Sustainable Economic Development Summit V is made possible through the support of the League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania, the Indiana County Office of Planning & Development, and the Sustainability Studies Program at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.