Gay Lohse met upon arrival in Gympie, a small city 3.5 hours north of Brisbane by train. She showed me around the lively downtown, kangaroo-filled suburbs, and historic buildings.¬†Knowing I was from Tennessee, she arranged a tour of the Australia Institute of Country Music, which aims to foster the city’s rich country music heritage.

I presented to the Rotary Club of Gympie-Cooloola on the lessons learned during my master’s project on rural economic development.