Stand Up



JULY 26-28, 2022


Join us for this dynamic Economic Development Summit designed specifically for Rural America. Regular Summit Registration Rate $399 thru 7/24/2022 Onsite Registration Rate $449 available 7/26/2022 Discounted Group Registration for Five $1,596
Jul 26, 3:00 PM – Jul 28, 2:00 PM
The Center for Rural Development,
2292 US-27 #300, Somerset, KY 42501, USA

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You are invited to the 2022 Stand Up Rural America Summit 



I’d like to personally invite you to this national Rural Economic Development Summit taking place July 26-28, 2022. Our next exciting host city is Somerset, KY. The 2022 Stand Up Rural America Summit will feature more than 20 nationally renowned subject matter experts and successful economic development practitioners. 

Topics to be covered include planning, leadership, entrepreneurship, downtown revitalization, innovative marketing, regionalism, business retention & expansion, effective communications, rural retail, housing, rural broadband, talent development, technology tools and much more. Additional content regarding preparedness, strategies for helping our communities rebound, rebuild and restore our communities following the COVID-19 public health and economic crisis will also be included.  


Experience an event designed specifically for Rural America. You will receive tangible tools and strategies to help your cities, counties and regions grow. This event is packed with informative and dynamic panels, presentations, discussions, networking and celebrating what makes Rural America special. Representatives from more than 25 states have enjoyed our Summit events in Tulsa, OK in July of 2019 and Charleston, WV in April 2021 while garnering high praise for the superior level of speakers, quality content and excellent networking opportunities.  

The Summit is coordinated and hosted by ACCELERATION by design LLC. It has been my privilege to work with more than 250 rural communities and regions throughout my 30+ year economic development career. 


This Summit is perfect for Economic Development Organizations, Chambers of Commerce, Cities, Counties, Regional Groups, Utilities, Industry Leaders, Lenders, Board Members and anyone with a vested interest in the growth and prosperity of Rural America. 

Summit sponsorships are available and we will host an exciting exhibit area. Registration for the Summit is OPEN and we also offer a special group registration rate for five or more participants from one organization. We recognize your travel and budget challenges and want to do all we can to help you participate in the Summit.


Please know that the health and safety of our participants continues to be our priority and all necessary precautions and protocols will be aggressively administered at each venue and every session.

You won't want to miss this special event. Please join me in July of 2022 in Somerset, Kentucky to celebrate Rural America! 

See you there! 

 Lorie  Vincent

Lorie Vincent, CEcD

Founder | President



Introducing our exciting 2022 Summit Presentation Team...

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2022 Summit Schedule  

TUESDAY | July 26 | 2022

  1:00 pm |  7:00 pm   Summit Registration in Exhibit Hall 

  3:00 pm |  6:00 pm   Summit Workshop | Jon Schallert | The Schallert Group | Creating a                                           Destination Community, One Business at a Time

  6:00 pm |  7:00 pm   Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall 

  7:00 pm |  9:00 pm   Enjoy Dinner with friends in Somerset, KY


WEDNESDAY | July 27 | 2022

  7:00 am | 10:00 am  Summit Registration in Exhibit Hall 

  7:00 am |   5:00 pm  Refreshments & Networking in Exhibit Hall 

  8:00 am |   8:05 am  Welcome to the Summit

  8:05 am |   9:00 am  Daron K. Roberts | DKR Strategies LLCStay in the Deep End

  9:00 am |   9:05 am  Special Message

  9:05 am | 10:00 am  Zachary Mannheimer | Alquist 3DInnovative Housing Strategies for                                         Rural America

10:00 am | 10:20 am  Networking Break

10:20 am | 10:40 am  Meet Me in Turkey, Texas | Rural Spotlight Documentary

10:40 am | 10:50 am  Special Message

10:50 am | 11:45 am  James Chavez | SC Power TeamRural Rebound & Resilience

11:45 am |   1:00 pm  Networking Luncheon

  1:00 pm |   1:20 pm  Special Message | Mayor Alan Keck | City of Somerset

  1:20 pm |   2:15 pm  Jonathan Webb | AppHarvestA Dynamic New Approach to                                                     AgriBusiness

  2:15 pm |   2:35 pm  Networking Break

  2:35 pm |   3:40 pm  Power Panel | Afternoon Tea with the Economic Development Divas

  3:40 pm |   4:00 pm  Networking Break

  4:00 pm |   5:00 pm  Scott Neil | Horse Soldier BourbonWhiskey & War Stories

  6:00 pm |   9:00 pm  A Taste of Kentucky, with a Splash of Somerset | Hospitality, Eats &                                           Entertainment | Enjoy a special evening designed just for us in Beautiful

                                   Downtown Somerset

                                    (1 ticket included in each registration. Extra tickets available)

THURSDAY | July 28 | 2022

  8:00 am | 12:45 pm  Refreshments & Networking in Exhibit Area

  8:30 am |   9:30 am  Power Panel | The Economic Development Brat Pack

  9:30 am |   9:40 am  Special Tribute

  9:40 am | 10:00 am  Networking Break

10:00 am | 11:00 am  Stephanie Stuckey | Stuckey'sLooking Back to Move Forward

11:00 am | 11:05 am  Special Acknowledgements

11:05 am | 12:00 pm  Lorie Vincent | ACCELERATION by design LLC40 Steps to a Dynamic                                     Downtown Vibe 

12:00 pm |  12:50 pm  Networking Luncheon & Exhibit Hall Last Chance to Visit to Exhibitors! 

12:50 pm |   1:50 pm  Eric Dusenbery | StorytellerThe Power of Curiosity: The Secret to                                             Transforming Communication

  1:50 pm |   2:00 pm  It's a Wrap! 

2022 Sponsorships

Sponsorships for the 2022 Stand Up Rural America Summit are available for interested Vendors, Associations, State & Federal Agencies, Lenders, Utilities and supporters of Rural America. 


Sponsorship opportunities, offered at many levels, will help provide you with the perfect formula of exposure, promotion, advertising, branding and networking benefits to meet your budgets and your objectives. 

A summary of 2022 Summit Sponsorships available are: 

     Presenting Sponsor | $7,500

     Platinum Sponsor | $5,000

     Gold Sponsor | $3,000

     Community Sponsor | $1,500

     Silver Sponsor & Exhibitor Package | $1,250

     Bronze Sponsor | $750

     SOLD Special Hospitality Event Sponsor (exclusive) |  $3,000

     Summit Journal Sponsor (exclusive) | $2,500

     SOLD Pre-Summit Workshop Sponsor (exclusive) | $2,000

     SOLD Welcome Reception (exclusive) | $1,500 

     SOLD Summit Attendee Bags (exclusive) | $1,500 

     SOLD Summit Lanyard  (exclusive) | $750 

Please click the button above for the Sponsorship Package, Exhibitor Details and Sponsorship Commitment Form. Please send all inquiries and forms to  Sponsorship payment accepted online on the Registration page or by invoice upon request. 

Thank you 2022 Summit Sponsors


Summit Hosts

Somerset Pulaski Economic Development Authority | City of Somerset | Pulaski County

The Center for Rural Development | ACCELERATION by design LLC


Presenting Sponsors

Kentucky's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives 

Florida Rural Economic Development Association

Platinum Sponsors

Enterprise Florida | SC Power Team

Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation (SKED)


Gold Sponsors

Brand Acceleration | Day One Experts | Somerset-Pulaski CVB

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development 

Sulphur Springs Economic Development Corporation

Better City 


Silver Sponsors

 Bell Engineering | Flyer View Group | MakeMyMove

National Rural Economic Development Association

Murray State University | Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital

Community Sponsor

Somerset Community College 

Summit Workshop Sponsor

GIS WebTech

Welcome Reception Sponsor

Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR)

Hospitality Sponsor

Thoroughbred Hospitality Group

Summit Bag Sponsor

Bowie Economic Development Corporation


Summit Lanyard Sponsor

Opportunity Strategies LLC

Official Media Sponsor

Site Selection Magazine

Official Summit Radio Partner

Forcht Broadcasting

The Host City, Venue & Travel

July 26-28, 2022 
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Our exciting venue and hotel information for the 2022 Stand Up Rural America Summit will be held at the fabulous Center for Rural Development located in Somerset, KY. We can't wait to assemble in this beautiful Center designed perfectly for our event.






Summit Hotel Options: DISCOUNTED RATES END ON 6/25/22

Somerset and Pulaski County have a number of excellent hotel options for Summit attendees that are within a short walk or a short drive to the Center for Rural Development. Shuttle Service will be provided to select hotels that are within driving distance.

Courtyard Marriott                                                               Hampton Inn

2254 S Hwy 27, Somerset KY                                           4141 S Hwy 27, Somerset, KY

606.679.0090                                                                      606.676.8855

Adjacent to the Center for Rural Development            2.3 miles from the Center | 6 minute drive

Link to Hotel & Special Rate                                             Link to Hotel & Special Rate

Holiday Inn Express & Suites                                            Best Western Somerset

50 Stevie Lynn Drive, Somerset KY                                 103 Jefferson Drive, Somerset KY

606.425.4444                                                                        606.677.9000

2.1 miles from the Center | 6 minute drive                     .04 miles from the Center | 2 minute drive

Link to hotel                                                                         Link to hotel & Special Rate

Comfort Inn                                                                          Super 8 by Wyndham Somerset

82 Jolin Drive, Somerset KY                                               601 S Hwy 27, Somerset KY

606.485.2363                                                                         606.679.9279

2.2 miles from the Center | 5 minute drive                       1.9 miles from the Center | 5 minute drive

Link to hotel & Special Rate                                               Link to hotel

Quality Inn & Suites                                                             Red Roof Inn

240 N Hwy 27, Somerset KY                                               1201 S Hwy 27, Somerset, KY

606.678.2023                                                                         606.678.8115

2.7 miles from the Center | 6 minute drive                       1.4 miles from the Center | 4 minute drive

Link to hotel                                                                           Link to hotel

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson                                     Americas Best Value Inn Somerset

515 N Hwy 27, Somerset KY                                                125 N Hwy 27, Somerset, KY

606.679.3711                                                                           606.678.2052

3.0 miles to the Center | 8 minute drive                             3.7 miles from the Center | 9 minute drive

Link to the hotel                                                                     Link to the hotel


We are working hard to insure all registrants are able to secure transportation to Somerset for the Summit. Trolley service will be provided from local hotels for the special Wednesday evening event. Please contact us with any questions, needs or advice! We are here to assist. 

Thank You Summit Hosts

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