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A gathering of great trailblazers from Rural America to learn, share and inspire each other to economic growth and prosperity.
Apr 04, 3:00 PM – Apr 05, 3:00 PM
Kansas Star Event Center,
777 Kansas Star Drive, Mulvane, KS 67110, USA

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You are invited to the 2023Stand Up Rural America Spring Regional Forum 



I’d like to personally invite you to this national Rural Economic Development Regional Forum taking place April 4 & 5, 2023. Our exciting host for this inaugural event is Sumner County Economic Development. The event will be held at the beautiful Kansas Star Event Center in Mulvane, KS. The 2023 Spring Stand Up Rural America Regional Forum will feature more than 9 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. 


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. The Stand Up Rural America program has held highly successful events in Tulsa OK, Charleston WV and in Somerset KY while garnering high praise for the superior level of speakers, quality content and excellent networking opportunities.  

This Regional Forum is coordinated and hosted by ACCELERATION by design LLC. It has been my privilege to work with more than 300 rural communities and regions throughout my 30+ year economic development career. 

This Forum 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. 

Forum sponsorships are available and we will host an exciting exhibit area. Registration for the Regional Forum 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 Forum.


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 regional event. Please join me April 4 & 5 in Mulvane, Kansas to celebrate Rural America! 

See you there! 

 Lorie  Vincent

Lorie Vincent, CEcD

Founder | President




Brad Thomas    Darren Drewitz     Jimi Coplen     Daron K. Roberts    Jeff Siegler     Lorie Vincent   
and much more...

2023 Spring Forum Schedule

TUESDAY | April 4 | 2023

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

  3:00 pm |  6:00 pm   Forum Sessions                                         

  6:00 pm |  9:00 pm   Taste of Kansas Hospitality Event 


WEDNESDAY | April 5 | 2023

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

  7:00 am |   3:30 pm  Refreshments & Networking in Exhibit Hall 

  8:30 am | 12:00 pm  Forum Sessions

12:00 pm |   1:00 pm  Networking Luncheon

  1:00 pm |   3:15 pm  Afternoon Forum Sessions

  3:15 pm |   3:30 pm  It's a Wrap! 

2023 Forum Sponsorships

Sponsorships for the 2023 Stand Up Rural America Regional Forum 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 2023 Regional Forum Sponsorships available are: 

     Presenting Sponsor | $5,000

     Platinum Sponsor | $3,000

     Gold Sponsor | $1,500

     Silver Sponsor  | $750

     Summit Journal Sponsor (exclusive) | $2,500

     SOLD Summit Attendee Bags (exclusive) | $1,000 

     Vendor Partner/Exhibitor Package | $500

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 2023 Forum Sponsors

Regional Forum Hosts

Sumner County Economic Development | ACCELERATION by design LLC

Platinum Sponsors

Greater Wichita Partnership

Gold Sponsors

Kansas Office of Rural Prosperity | Sunflower Electric Cooperative

Silver Sponsors

Ranson Financial Group LLC | Workforce Centers of South Central Kansas

Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP) | Sulphur Springs EDC

Forum Bag Sponsor

Sumner Cowley Electric

Forum Lanyard Sponsor

Opportunity Strategies LLC

The Host Venue & Hotel

Summit Hotel: DISCOUNTED RATES END ON 3/22/23.

Nothing replaces face-to-face interaction for building and strengthening relationships. We are excited to host the 2023 Stand Up Rural America Spring Regional Forum at the Kansas Star Event Center.  Let us take you away from your everyday distractions so that your sole focus is on networking, sharing, learning and interacting with colleagues. The Kansas Star features a full-service convention facility with dynamic restaurants, gaming, adjacent hotel and plenty of parking. 

The Kansas Star Event Center has arranged for a special rate at their partner hotel, the Hampton Inn & Suites. 

Hampton Inn & Suites

785 Kansas Star Drive

Mulvane, KS 67110


Reference Group Code: STA

Last date for special rate: 3/22/23

Adjacent to the Kansas Star Event Center

Click Here for the Special Room Block for the Forum 


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Thank You 2023 Spring Regional Forum Host

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