Registration is now open for the 2022 Arkansas Rural Development Summit, the state’s annual event for anyone interested in improving the quality of life in rural Arkansas communities. This year’s summit will take place on May 12 at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock.
The Rural Development Summit is a partnership between the Rural Services Division of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and the Arkansas Rural Development Commission. Each year, the event attracts hundreds of attendees, including mayors, county judges, legislators, federal and state officials, and community leaders who want to interact and learn about best practices for smaller communities in the state.
“We are delighted to host the Rural Development Summit this year,” Commerce Secretary Mike Preston said. “This annual event is a great way for community leaders and other interested citizens to come together to learn, network and share best practices so we can strengthen our communities, improve quality of life and increase economic opportunity across the country. ‘State.
During the summit, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the programs and services offered by AEDC that help rural communities and their leaders in their development, planning and revitalization efforts. Events will include two breakout sessions, an organized legislative committee meeting, and the annual Governor’s Awards luncheon where grants will be awarded to Arkansas communities. Additionally, a joint reception will be held the day before the summit at 5:30 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center. The reception will also include attendees of the Minority and Women-Owned Business Matchmaking event, which will take place on May 11.
“Our rural communities are the backbone of Arkansas, providing the economic engine that keeps the state going and creating a quality of life that makes each region unique,” said Rebecca Caldwell, Director of Rural Services Division. of the AEDC. “I encourage local leaders across our state, as well as interested citizens, to attend this year’s event. It’s a great way to network and learn how you can do your part to make your community the best it can be.
Participants who register before April 28 can take advantage of the preferential rate of $75 per participant. For those registering after April 28, the summit registration fee is $100 per attendee. Exhibit space is $200 and offers two free registrations (any additional people pay regular registration). The registration fee covers all summit materials as well as entertainment activities and lunch. Cancellations will be subject to a 50% charge.