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The Center for Rural Development is the host site for the Stand Up Rural America Summit 2022.

More than 20 nationally renowned subject matter experts and successful economic development practitioners will be featured at the economic development conference on July 26-28.

Participants will receive tangible tools and strategies to help cities, counties, and regions grow and thrive. The event is packed with informative and dynamic presentations, panels, discussions and celebrating what makes Rural America special.

Featured speakers will include Jon Schallert, Daron K. Roberts, Stephanie Stuckey, Jonathan Webb, Scott Neil, James Chauvez, Lorie Vincent, Zachary Mannheimer, and Eric Dusenbury. Topics to be covered include planning, leadership, entrepreneurship, downtown revitalization, marketing, regionalism, BRE, rural retail recruitment, housing, broadband, communications, livability, and more.

The Center for Rural Development, Somerset-Pulaski Economic Development Authority (SPEDA), the City of Somerset, and Pulaski County Government have been selected to serve as the host committee for the conference. The Summit is presented by ACCELERATION by Design LLC, an economic development consulting firm based in Cedar Park, Texas.

Sponsorships are available an an exhibit area will be offered. Registration for the Summit is open. Special group registration rates are also available. For more information about the 2022 Stand Up America Summit, visit