Small Town & Rural Development Conference

About the Conference

The 2019 Small Town and Rural Development Conference will take place April 15-17 2019.

Each year, the Michigan Rural Council welcomes regional, national and international speakers and presenters to the Small Town & Rural Development Conference whose expertise and passion make this event the premier conference for rural community development in Michigan. Our annual conference provides an opportunity to share, learn and connect with leaders across Michigan working to support and promote vibrant rural communities. The conference is geared toward those working in and on behalf of small or rural communities in Michigan and is hosted by the Michigan Rural Council.

Lodging information
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2019 Pitch Competition Grants     

New this year for the 2019 CEDAM Small Town & Rural Development conference, Consumers Energy is hosting a session for communities to pitch ideas that will help put their community on the map. The ten finalists have been chosen! Finalists will present at the conference Wednesday, April 17 from 9am-12pm.

  • First Place: $7,500
  • Second Place: $5,000
  • Third Place: $2,500

Learn more about the pitch competition and view the finalists