A Wealth Of Ideas To Help Your Community Thrive

In these tough economic times, it’s great to have a lot of ideas on how to keep things moving in your community. At the Small Town and Rural Development Conference last month, hosted by Rural Partners of Michigan, more than 200 people from small communities throughout Michigan shared ideas on how to make small towns thrive. Speakers ranged from Kim Huston, “Small Town Sexy,” to Sylvia Lovely, “The Twelve Principles of Community Building.”

Tom Schneider, Bath Township Supervisor

“I’d have to say that it was one of the better gatherings I’ve been to and hope to do so again. The setting is wonderful of course and I liked the moderate size, giving a chance to meet and greet,” said Tom Schneider, Bath Township Supervisor. “The presenters were well informed and the food good. What more do you need?”

The agenda and breakout sessions from the conference as well as the presentations from most of the speakers are online at ruralmich.org. A listing of the Keynote speakers and their presentations is also listed below as well as the breakout sessions. Next years conference is scheduled for April 12-14, 2011. Check the rural partners web site in early March for registration information.

 2010 Small Town and Rural Development Conference

Keynote Speakers

Milan WallHelping Small Towns Succeed

Sylvia LovelyThe Twelve Principles of Community Building (36MB)

Kim Huston“Small Town Sexy” -The Allure of Living in Small Town America

AMERICASPEAKSA 21st Century Summit on Rural Michigan

Breakout Sessions

Keys to Smaller Downtown Revitalization

Small Towns Big Ideas: Case Studies

“Bands of Locals” (36MB)

Asset-Based Community Development

Generation E: Building Young Entrepreneurs

Clues to Rural Community Survival

MSHDA’s Pure Michigan Living

Creating a Prosperous Michigan

Economic Gardening, A Michigan Strategy?

Community Assistance @ MEDC

Stitching Together a Community

The Community Patriot

USDA Programs

How are We Doing and What Can be Done?

Housing Strategies for Small Communities

Green Communities

The Rural Knowledge Economy Initiative