JONESBORO, Ark. – Dr. Shane Speights, Dean of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University, will join the list of speakers who will present at the 2021 Arkansas Rural Development Conference, the Economic Development Commission of Arkansas (AEDC) announced today.
The Arkansas Rural Development Conference is the state’s annual event open to those who wish to improve the quality of life in rural Arkansas communities. Organized by the Rural Services Division of ACED, this year’s conference will be held October 19-21 at the Red Wolf Convention Center in Jonesboro.
The conference will feature presentations from over a dozen officials, educators, local influencers and subject matter experts over a three-day period.
“We look forward to bringing communities together at the Rural Development Conference each year,” Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston said. “After last year’s conference was canceled due to COVID-related concerns, we are especially excited to continue the tradition once again this fall. I encourage our community leaders to join us October 19-21 for the opportunity to learn, network and share best practices as we work together to improve the economy across the state.
During the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the many programs and services available through AEDC that assist rural communities and their leaders in their development, planning and management efforts. revitalization. Topics planned for the breakout sessions include Broadband Development in Rural Arkansas, Cyber Security in Rural Arkansas, Resources for Minority and Women-owned Businesses, Pathway to Treatment and Peer Recovery Program , Workforce Resources for Employers and CDBG Grants Administration 101.
Registrations for this year’s conference are open and filling up quickly. For more information or to register online, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2021-arkansas-rural-development-conference-registration-147002463325.