Registration open for 2020 Rural Development Conference
Registration is now open for the 2020 Arkansas Rural Development Conference, the state’s annual event geared toward anyone interested in improving the quality of life in Arkansas’ rural communities. Hosted by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC) Division of Rural Services, this year's conference will be held May 19-21 at the Red Wolf Convention Center in Jonesboro.
“The Rural Development Conference is a great way for communities across Arkansas to come together to network and share best practices,” said Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston. “I encourage all of our community leaders to come and learn about how they can impact and improve economic conditions and quality life in their communities.”
During the conference, participants will have the opportunity to learn more about the many programs and services available through AEDC that assist rural communities and their leaders with development, planning and revitalization efforts. Planned breakout session topics include Governor’s Broadband Plan and Grant Program, Highway Funding, Federal Grant Resources, Cyber Security, Pathways to Treatment and Peer Recovery Program, and Small Business and Start-ups.
Blake Anderson, head football coach at Arkansas State University, will present the keynote address at the Arkansas Rural Development Commission luncheon Wednesday, May 20. The final day of the conference will include the Governor’s Luncheon and Awards ceremony, during which Gov. Asa Hutchinson will provide the keynote address and award more than $600,000 in grants.