HUD sponsored

Rural Gateway Peer-to-Peer Conference Call: The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Rural Communities


April 22, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT



Join HUD's Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development (ORHED) as we engage rural community leaders in this open forum on the economic impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on America’s rural and underserved communities.

This Peer-to-Peer conference call will offer leaders of rural local/regional/national nonprofits, Indian tribes, state and local governments, colleges/universities, and the private sector an opportunity to share their community-based challenges regarding COVID-19. Participants will also have an opportunity to understand issues of their peers in rural and underserved communities in the Lower Mississippi Delta Region, Appalachia’s Distressed Counties, Colonias, and federally recognized Indian Tribes. The 60-minute call will serve as a listening session and a Q&A session.


  • Jackie L. Williams, Ph.D., Moderator, Director, Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development, Office of Community Planning and Development, HUD
  • John Gibbs, Acting Assistant Secretary, Office of Community Planning and Development, HUD
  • Mark Sanborn, Acting General Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Community Planning and Development, HUD
  • Jacki Ponti-Lazaruk, Chief Innovation Officer, Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Participant Instructions

Please RSVP by email to rhed@hud.gov no later than close of business on April 20, 2020. Please include your name and organization.

Call-in instructions and additional materials will be emailed to participants on April 21, 2020. If you have any questions, please call 1-877-RURAL-26 (1-877-787-2526).

More Information about the Rural Gateway Clearinghouse

The Rural Gateway is an information clearinghouse providing technical assistance, peer learning, and resource sharing to support rural housing and economic development.

One-on-One Technical Assistance

Ask your technical assistance questions: 1-877-RURAL-26.

A bilingual operator is available from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET, Monday - Friday, to answer your housing, infrastructure, and economic development questions.

Questions can also be submitted via email to rhed@hud.gov.

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