Rural Partners (RPM)


Request for Proposals

Conference Date: April 20-22, 2020

Location:Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, MI

Rural Partners of Michigan is currently seeking innovative and engaging speakers and presenters focused on future trends in rural development for next year’s Small Town & Rural Development Conference.

Rural Partners of Michigan welcomes proposals from regional, statewide, national, and international speakers and presenters who wish to bring their expertise and passion to the premier conference for rural community development in Michigan.

Interested presenters should submit a proposal including name, affiliation, contact information, background and qualifications, and a brief description of the proposed session. The description should include the title, objective, audience and method of delivery, if unique, and indicate if a plenary speaker position or a breakout session is sought. Free conference registration will be offered to session presenters.

This is an opportunity to showcase topics critical to rural development in a way that engages the audience, facilitates discussion of new ideas and moves ideas to action!

Topics of interest for the 2020 conference include (but are not limited to) innovative programs in:

  • Talent attraction
  • Rural housing
  • Nontraditional education opportunities
  • Rural healthcare
  • Re-purposing existing buildings
  • Aging Population

Proposals are due to no later than 5pm on Monday, November 11, 2019. Please submit your proposals via email to Jessica AcMoody, Rural Partners of Michigan coordinator, at

2019 Conference Agenda

Thank You to Our 2019 Conference Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor


Scholarship Sponsor

Consumer Energy

Dinner Sponsor


Lunch Sponsor


Session Sponsors



Green Stone

FHL Bank


Food and AG