Small Town & Rural Development COnference

2024 Small town & rural development conference

The 2024 Small Town & Rural Development Conference was a great success. Rural Partners of Michigan looks forward to next year’s conference, June 9 – 11, 2025, at Crystal Mountain Resort. More details coming fall of 2024.

Please contact Shawn Hunter at if you have any questions.

Put your town on the map

The 2024 Consumers Energy Foundation Put Your Town on the Map Pitch Competition took place on April 29, at Crystal Mountain Resort, the first day of the conference! Rural Partners of Michigan is proud to partner with Consumers Energy Foundation in bringing this exciting event to the Small Town & Rural Development Conference. 

The top 9 communities that pitched were:
St. Johns
White Cloud
Imlay City
Au Gres
Rogers City

The top three presentations were awarded as follows:

First Place: $25,000, Imlay City

Second Place: $15,000, Rogers City

Third Place: $10,000, St. Johns

2025 Conference Sponsorship

Interested in sponsoring the 2025 Small Town & Rural Development Conference? Please contact Shawn Hunter.

Thank you 2024 Sponsors

Premier Sponsor

Pairing Dinner Sponsor

Networking Sponsor

Lunch Sponsor

Cocktail Hour Sponsor


Session Sponsors