Registration for Rural Opportunities Conference now open; Conference to be held April 9-10 in Dodge City

andy lambertJanuary 20, 2014



Registration is now open for the Rural Opportunities Conference, which will be held April 9-10 in Dodge City. The deadline to register to attend the conference is April 2.


WHAT: The Rural Opportunities Conference will highlight rural business and community development topics. General session speakers include:

·         Duane Goossen, vice president for Fiscal and Health Policy at the Kansas Health Institute, will provide an overview of data and options for financing local and state government.

·         Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office will present information about Kansas’ water supply and use and future water needs in the state.

·         Christy Hopkins and Liz Sosa, PowerUp liaisons, will discuss strategies to engage and connect younger rural residents within their communities.


Breakout sessions will discuss funding diversity and collaboration for community and entrepreneurial development; closing the workforce housing gap; the economic impact of water in Kansas; and attracting residents, workers and entrepreneurs to rural Kansas. A new breakout session will focus on topics proposed by conference attendees. Screen shot 2013-11-06 at 10.38.29 AM


For a complete schedule of events, please visit


WHERE/WHEN: The Rural Opportunities Conference will be held April 9-10 at the Magouirk Conference Center, 4100 West Comanche, Dodge City, Kan. 67801. Registration and exhibits open at 9 a.m. April 9.


REGISTRATION INFO: The cost to attend the conference is $75 per person and includes all sessions and meals. Registration is available online at The deadline to register is April 2.


For those requiring overnight accommodations, special conference rates are available at the Hampton Inn & Suites (620-225-0000), the Best Western Plus Country Inn & Suites (620-225-7378), and Dodge House (620-225-9900).


Press release via Kansas Department of Commerce




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