Small Town & Rural Development Conference

Registration is closed. Thank you to everyone who registered! See you on April 13-15, 2015 – Thompsonville, MI

To view the draft agenda click here! Register at the bottom of this page.

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 11th annual Michigan Small Town & Rural Development Conference is April 13-15, 2015 at Crystal Mountain. 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)

Thank you to our 2015 sponsors!

Supporting Organization:

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Conference Supporters:

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