Small Town & Rural Development Conference

Registration is now open!

Small Town & Rural Development Conference

April 14-16, 2014
Thompsonville, MI

Registration for the 2014 conference has closed.

A conference schedule, list of 2014 keynote speakers and breakout session topics can be found here.

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 10th annual Michigan Small Town & Rural Development Conference is April 14-16, 2014 at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, MI. We will begin Monday evening with a welcoming reception, continue all day on Tuesday and conclude on Wednesday at 11:30AM. 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.

This year we are excited to offer a pre-conference workshop titled Making Places: Placemaking Strategy Development.  Presented by Jim Tischler and Mark Wyckoff, the session will increase participant’s understanding of placemaking principles, and will work through how to apply these strategies to specific geographies and key places in their communities. A session description can be found here. This session will take place on Monday, April 14 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. To register, please check the box titled “pre-conference placemaking workshop” on the registration form.

Please reserve your hotel accommodations with Crystal Mountain. You can book online here (make sure to enter the group code 45Q0GU), by calling the Reservations Department at Crystal Mountain 855-520-2974 with the group code 45Q0GU, or by filling out the registration form. Reservations must be made by March 31, 2014. Hotel rates and a registration form can be found here, and room descriptions can be found here

Please note that no refunds will be granted after April 1, 2014. We apologize for any inconvenience.



Updated on April 8, 2014.