Small Town & Rural Development Conference

About the 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 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.

The 12th annual Michigan Small Town & Rural Development Conference will be April 11-13, 2016 at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, MI.



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Early registration closes on March 18; payment must be received or postmarked by this date, if not you will be charged at the late rate.

Please note that no refunds will be granted within ten days of the start of the conference. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Crystal Mountain Lodging Information:

Room type information can be found here.

Room rate and reservation information can be found here.
If you require a tax exempt form for your lodging, you can find it here.

Photos from the 2015 Conference

View the full photo album here.

Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors!

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