Two keynote speakers are scheduled at the Rural Summit being sponsored by Wisconsin Rural Partners on Friday, May 2 at the Holiday Inn here.
At the opening program, which begins at 9 a.m., Wisconsin Towns Association executive director Rick Stadelman will give a presentation titled "Looking to the Future." During the morning session, there will also be breakout presentations on the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine, on attracting and retaining youth in rural communities, and on obtaining broadband Internet services in rural areas.
The afternoon keynote presentation, titled "Communicating Across Generations," will be given by Beverly Stencel, who is a community resource development specialist with the University of Wisconsin Extension Service. Topics for breakout sessions during the afternoon will be the changes in rural economics, the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance, and demographic changes in the rural workforce.
Registration fees are $35 for individuals, $100 for an exhibitor, $300 for a break sponsor, and $1,500 for a logo sponsor. Registration is available online at www.wirural.org or by sending a check payable to Wisconsin Rural Partners at P.O. Box 27, Hollandale, WI 53544.
The registration fee includes a lunch at noon and a copy of the 2014 Rural Wisconsin Today. For more information about the sponsorships, call 608-237-6367.
Wisconsin Rural Partners is a network hub for organizations, government agencies, and individuals seeking to make rural Wisconsin a better place to live and work. Its goals include developing leadership skills in the state's rural communities, providing a voice for rural Wisconsin, and expressing the needs of rural Wisconsin to local, state, and federal legislators and governmental entities.