Small Town & Rural Development Conference

Each year, the Michigan Rural Council welcomes regional, national and international speakers and presenters to the Small Town & Rural Development Conference whose expertise and passion make this event the premier conference for rural community development in Michigan. Our annual conference provides an opportunity to share, learn and connect with leaders across Michigan working to support and promote vibrant rural communities.

The 12th annual Michigan Small Town & Rural Development Conference will be in 2016 at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, MI. For information about the past conference, read below.

We will begin Monday evening with a welcoming reception, continue all day on Tuesday and conclude on Wednesday at 12:00PM. The conference is geared toward those working in and on behalf of small or rural communities in Michigan and is hosted by the Michigan Rural Council. Registration for the three day conference is $175.

We are really excited to welcome our two keynote speakers – Ken Corey, Michigan State University Geography and Urban Planning Professor (Author of A Model for Rural Development: An Experiment from Fogo Island, Newfoundland), and Deb Brown, author of Marketing in a Small Town (check out Deb’s website!).

Lodging – Room reservation information can be found on this form A description of the rooms can be found here, and if you need a tax exempt form you can find it here.

Questions? Need more information? Contact Jessica AcMoody ( or 517-485-3588 x 1944)

2015 Archived Conference Materials

Thank you to our 2015 sponsors!

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