Rural Partners (RPM)


In light of the CDC’s recommendation to cancel or postpone all gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks, Rural Partners of Michigan has decided to cancel the Small Town and Rural Development conference. We strongly feel that it is important that we do our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

While we are are disappointed we won’t convene this year, we are hopeful and excited to host a relevant and timely conference in 2021. 

Refunds for all registrants paid online will be processed within the next 10 days. Registrations that were paid by check will be refunded as soon as the Stay Home Stay Safe order has been lifted.

If you registered a room with Crystal Mountain in the  Small Town and Rural Development room block, the hotel will automatically cancel your registration – there is no need for you to call to cancel. There will be no charge for the canceled reservation. Please call 1-855-520-2974 or email  if you have further questions. 

We appreciate your patience and support during this time. If you have any questions please contact Jessica AcMoody via email ( or phone 517-485-3588 x 1944


Consumers Energy Foundation Pitch Competition


The Consumers Energy Foundation remains committed to supporting the Put Your Town on the Map! pitch competition to build strong communities. We continue to discuss alternative ways of submitting a presentation if necessary, and will notify our finalists of these changes when they are confirmed.

Consumer Energy


Thank You to Our 2020 Conference Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Premier Sponsor

Consumer Energy

Dinner Sponsor

Session Sponsors

FHL Bank
Green Stone

Keynote Sponsors