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.”
“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
Milan Wall – Helping Small Towns Succeed
Sylvia Lovely – The Twelve Principles of Community Building (36MB)
AMERICASPEAKS – A 21st Century Summit on Rural Michigan
“Bands of Locals” (36MB)