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Coming to Sumner County this April!

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Lorie Vincent, President, ACCELERATION by design, LLC Phone: 806.683.2553 Email: REGIONAL RURAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FORUM ANNOUNCED FOR SPRING OF 2023 The highly acclaimed Stand Up Rural America program will be taking their show on the road, arriving in Sumner County, Kansas, on April 4-5, 2023. This Regional Forum will feature 10 nationally renowned subject matter experts and successful economic development practitioners. The Forum will take place at the Kansas Star Event Center and is open to all stakeholders who are involved in the economic success of Rural America. Participants will experience an event designed specifically for Rural America while receiving tangible tools and strategies to help their cities, counties and regions grow. This event is packed with informative and dynamic presentations, discussions and celebrating what makes Rural America special. Representatives from more than 30 states have attended previous Stand Up Rural America events in Tulsa, OK, Charleston, WV, and Somerset, KY while garnering high praise for the superior level of speakers, quality content and excellent networking opportunities. Featured speakers for this 2023 Stand Up Rural America Regional Forum include Brad Thomas (Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives), Darren Drewitz (MindEcology), Jimi Coplen (The Rural Spark), Daron K. Roberts (Stay in the Deep End), Lorie Vincent (ACCELERATION by design) and Jeff Siegler (Revitalization, or Die). In addition, we will feature an exciting practitioner panel and welcome our very special guest, Lt. Governor David Toland. Registrants will also enjoy a “Taste of Kansas” evening of Networking & Hospitality. This Summit is targeted towards Economic Development Organizations, Chambers of Commerce, Cities, Counties, State & Regional Economic Development Agencies, Downtown Associations, Utilities, Lenders, Elected Officials, Community & Industry Leaders, and anyone with a vested interest in the growth and prosperity of Rural America. The summit is presented by ACCELERATION by design LLC, an economic development consulting firm based in Cedar Park, Texas. Lorie Vincent, President of ACCELERATION by design LLC, says “It has been my privilege to work with more than 300 rural communities and regions throughout my 30+ year economic development career. I have witnessed the needs and challenges that face Rural America for economic growth and sustainability. Bringing these topics, presenters and participants together puts viable and tested tools into the hands of the changemakers in rural communities and creates an environment for innovative and immediate action. We are thrilled to be bringing this 2023 Stand Up Rural America Regional Forum to Sumner County, Kansas.” The Sumner County Economic Development Commission will be hosting the Regional Forum. The Kansas Star Event Center is located in Mulvane, KS, just south of Wichita, KS. Registration for the Forum is open. Sponsorships are available and an exhibit area will be offered. Group registration rates are available. Special discounted hotel rates at the host hotel will be available through February. For more information about this 2023 Stand Up Rural America Regional Forum go to

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