Somerset-Pulaski County National Economic Development Summit in Summer 2022

SOMERSET, Ky. – Somerset-Pulaski County has been selected as the host community for Stand Up Rural America 2022, an economic development conference featuring more than 20 nationally recognized subject matter experts and attracting hundreds of participants from across the country.

The summit, in its third year, will be held July 26-28, 2022 at the Center for Rural Development. The event has previously been hosted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Charleston, West Virginia.

Representatives from the Somerset-Pulaski Economic Development Authority (SPEDA), the City of Somerset, the County of Pulaski and Central Government will serve as the host committee for the 2022 summit.

SPEDA President and CEO Chris Girdler said attracting an event of such national significance to Somerset-Pulaski County is a huge boon to the community and recognition of the renaissance that is taking place there. takes place.

“All of the work we have done over the past three years to improve the quality of life in Somerset and Pulaski County and have a place at the table in the national conversation on economic development is paying off,” said Girdler. “It is a great honor to be chosen as the host community for this conference. We are delighted to bring Somerset and Pulaski County to the national stage and share the successes we have had here in rethinking economic development.

The Stand Up Rural America 2022 Summit will be held July 26-28 at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Ky.

This conference is designed specifically for rural America. Participants receive tangible tools and strategies to help cities, counties and regions grow. The event includes panel discussions, presentations, discussions, and a celebration of what makes rural America special. Representatives from more than 25 states attended the 2019 summit in Tulsa and the 2021 summit in Charleston.

The Stand Up Rural America 2022 Summit will be held July 26-28 at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, Ky.

“I think it says a lot that our community was selected from a group of cities much larger than ours,” said Girdler. “We have big shoes to fill with successful Tulsa and Charleston events, but our committee is confident that Somerset will serve as a shining example of rural America and economic development excellence for attendees at this conference. “

The summit is aimed at economic development organizations, chambers of commerce, cities, counties, national and regional economic development agencies, utilities, lenders, elected officials, community and industry leaders and anyone interested in the growth and prosperity of rural America. . Topics to cover include planning, leadership, entrepreneurship, downtown revitalization, innovative marketing, regionalism, business retention and expansion, effective communications, rural retail, housing , rural broadband, talent development and technological tools. Additional content includes preparedness strategies to help communities bounce back, rebuild and recover from the COVID-19 health and economic crisis.

The summit is presented by ACCELERATION by design LLC, an economic development consulting firm based in Cedar Park, Texas. Cabinet President Lorie Vincent said her team were delighted to host the conference in Somerset.

“Somerset and the surrounding area are not only beautiful, but a great example of the vibrancy that can be created in a community when collaboration, ingenuity, visionary planning and intentional leadership come together,” said Vincent. “We look forward to showcasing Somerset’s many assets and encouraging our attendees to take advantage of all that this vibrant community has to offer. We appreciate the gracious hospitality of the host committee and look forward to a great event in July 2022. ”

Sponsorships for the Stand Up Rural America Summit 2022 are available and an exhibit area will be provided. Registration is now open, with a reduced registration period until January 31, 2022. Special group registration rates are also available.

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