Are you interested in presenting your ideas to a rural audience?
If you have a passion for helping rural communities thrive and you would like to share your expertise and innovative ideas with community leaders who can really make a difference—we want to hear from you!

Be a part of the 2020 Regards to Rural Conference to help shape the future of rural communities with innovative and inspiring workshop presentations. Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) is searching for high impact presenters for the Regards to Rural Conference held Friday and Saturday, October 9 & 10 at Sunriver Resort in Central Oregon.

The Regards to Rural Conference is a unique event that offers educational and skill-building sessions, as well as networking opportunities for community members and leaders throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond. The conference provides an opportunity to share best practices, discuss rural priorities, explore innovative economic models, share success stories, and spark new innovative ideas for strengthening the economic and social vibrancy of rural communities.

Presentations will be selected based on the general appeal, fit with the conference theme, and consider the following areas of focus:  

Equitable Access to Resources: How do rural communities build local expertise and attract more capital and philanthropic investment?

Rural Matters: What communication tools & public policy strategies help elevate our collective rural voice?

Building Equitable Economies and Entrepreneurship: How can rural places encourage place-based investment and creative ideas to promote community vitality for all populations?

Developing Diverse and Inclusive Rural Leadership: How can rural places support hardworking local volunteers, encourage aspiring leaders, and ensure inclusive community vitality?

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, January 31, 2020

Selections will be made by March 6. For more information, click here to download a complete Request for Proposal.

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* 1. Tell us a little about yourself:

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* 2. Contact Information

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* 3. Type of Session (Please check the appropriate box)

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* 4. Proposed Session Title:

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* 5. Summary of Proposed Session (No More Than 100 Words):

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* 6. Description of How the Session Will Fit the Theme and Criteria (No More Than 100 Words):

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* 7. Any Relevant Experience with the Proposed Session: