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Rural Summit

The world around us is changing rapidly, and the stakes are high to ensure that our rural leaders have access to, and are equipped with the tools and resources to work towards resiliency for the future. How can we use what we’ve lived through over the last few years to think differently about the future? How do we lean into our similarities and differences to work together towards an innovative and resilient future? Save the date to join us for our annual Rural Summit as we celebrate our 35th anniversary and reconnect with each other towards the common goal of building a stronger tomorrow.

Save the Date!

March 21-22, 2022 | North Raleigh Hilton | Invitation and Information to Follow

About the Summit


Each spring, our Rural Summit brings hundreds of rural champions together to learn about the issues affecting our rural communities and explore what we can do together to make a difference. This event has evolved over the past few years, combining our Rural Assembly event and Rural Day so that we can provide consistent resources to the communities we serve.


What to Expect

Keynotes & Breakouts
Local and national leaders in rural economic development will share their insights.
Peer-to-Peer Connection
Whether we are in person or virtual, there are many opportunities to connect with your peers.
Education & Resources
You’ll leave with new knowledge and tools, and inspired to innovate in your community.

A Note…

We are currently planning for the event to be held in person at the North Raleigh Hilton at 3415 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC, however, we are and will be consistently monitoring state and city guidance and trends regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. We will communicate any changes in location with ample notice should we need to move this event from in person to virtual.


We hope you’ll mark the dates on your calendar and we look forward to connecting with you in March!


Jenny Grant
Senior Events Manager


Jenal Austin
Program Manager