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See you in French Lick, Indiana
July 30-August 1, 2024

Join us for this dynamic Economic Development Summit designed specifically for Rural America. Regular Summit Registration Rate $399 thru 7/29/24 Onsite Registration Rate $449 available 7/30/24 Discounted Group Registration for Five $1,596
Jul 30, 2024, 1:00 PM EDT – Aug 01, 2024, 12:00 PM EDT
French Lick, Indiana,
8670 West State Road 56, French Lick, IN 47432
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You are invited to the 2024
Stand Up Rural America Summit 



I’d like to personally invite you to this national Rural Economic Development event taking place July 30-August 1, 2024. Our exciting host city for our 2024 Summit is French Lick, Indiana. The event will be held at the dynamic French Lick Resort and other special locations around the area. The 2024 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, rural tourism, innovative marketing, business retention & expansion, effective communications, rural retail development, diverse housing, talent development, best practices and much more. We will also be presenting the 2024 Jim Walton Impact Award and recognizing our 2024 Rural Trailblazers. And as always, the networking will be off the charts. 

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, Somerset KY, Mulvane KS and Laurel MS while garnering high praise for the superior level of speakers, quality content and excellent networking opportunities.  

This Summit 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. We thank Radius Indiana and the Orange County Economic Development Partnership for graciously serving as our 2024 Summit Hosts. And thanks to Hoosier Energy for being our generous Presenting Sponsor. We are so excited to be working with this awesome team representing Southern Indiana! 

This Summit is perfect for Economic Development Organizations, Chambers of Commerce, Cities, Counties, Regional Groups, Utilities, Industry Leaders, Lenders, Workforce Development, Elected Officials, ED & Chamber 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 July 30 - August 1 in French Lick, Indiana to celebrate Rural America! 

Southern Indiana....Let's Go! See you there! 

 Lorie  Vincent

Lorie Vincent, CEcD

Founder | President


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2024 Summit Schedule

Tuesday, July 30, 2024

1:00 pm | 3:00 pm | Registration & Networking
3:00 pm | 3:15 pm | Welcome to the Summit 
3:15 pm | 4:15 pm | Session I
4:15 pm | 4:30 pm | Networking Break
4:30 pm | 5:30 pm | Session 2
5:45 pm | 7:30 pm | Trolley Ride to/from Welcome Reception
6:00 pm | 7:30 pm | Welcome Reception | Atrium at West Baden

Wednesday July 31, 2024

7:30 am | 8:30 am | Registration & Networking 
8:30 am | 8:45 am | Welcome to the Summit
8:45 am | 9:45 am | Session 3
9:45 am | 10:00 am | Networking Break
10:00 am | 11:00 am | Session 4
11:00 am | 11:15 am | Networking Break
11:15 am | 11:45 am | Session 5
11:45 am | 12:00 pm | The Jim Walton Community Impact Award
12:00 pm | 1:15 pm | Networking Luncheon
1:15 pm | 2:15 pm | Session 6 
2:15 pm | 2:45 pm | Featured Vendor Spotlight

2:45 pm | 3:00 pm | Networking Break
3:00 pm | 3:30 pm | Featured Indiana Case Study

3:30 pm | 4:30 pm | Session 7
4:30 pm | 6:00 pm |  Enjoy the French Lick Resort 
6:00 pm | 9:00 pm | Transportation provided to/from the Pete Dye Course
6:30 pm | 9:00 pm | 
Party on Pete's Patio | Drinks, Dinner & Networking

Thursday, August 1, 2024

8:30 am | 8:45 am | Welcome Remarks
8:45 am | 9:45 am | Featured Documentary & Session 8 
9:45 am | 10:15 am | Featured Vendor Spotlight
10:15 am | 10:30 am | Networking Break

10:30 am | 11:30 am | The SURA Secret Sauce Panel
11:30 am | 12:00 pm | Closing Remarks and Announcements 

It's a Wrap!  
Summit Schedule
2024 Sponsorships
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2024 Summit Sponsorships

Sponsorships for the 2024 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 2024 Summit Sponsorships available are: 

     SOLD Presenting Sponsor | $10,000

     Platinum Sponsor | $5,000

     Gold Sponsor | $3,000

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

     Summit Journal Sponsor (exclusive) | $2,500

     Featured Vendor Sponsor (2 available/1 SOLD)

     SOLD Welcome Reception Sponsor (exclusive) | $2,000

     Official Summit Souvenir T-Shirt (exclusive) | $2,000

     Community Sponsor | $1,500

     SOLD Summit Attendee Bag Sponsor (exclusive) | $1,500

     Silver Sponsor/Exhibitor Package | $1,250

    Summit Networking Break Sponsor (exclusive) | $1,250

     SOLD Lanyard Sponsor (exclusive) | $750

     Bronze Sponsorship | $750

Click the button below for the 2024 Sponsorship Package, Exhibitor Details and Sponsorship Commitment Instructions. Please send all inquiries and forms to  Sponsorship payments are accepted online on the Registration page or by invoice upon request. All exclusive sponsorships are available until sold. Deadline for inclusion on all Summit printed materials and signage is July 15, 2024.




Thank You 2024 Summit Sponsors


Summit Hosts

Radius Indiana | Orange County Economic Development Partnership

Presenting Sponsor

Hoosier Energy

Platinum Sponsor

ACCELERATION by design LLC | Amarillo Economic Development Corporation

Gold Sponsors

Indiana Municipal Power Agency | Amazon Delivery Service | Touchstone Energy Cooperative, Inc.

Silver Sponsors

Day One Experts | Flyerview | Sumner County Economic Development

National Rural Economic Development Association

Featured Vendor Sponsor


Tuesday's Welcome Reception Sponsor

Big Lake Economic Development Corporation


Wednesday's Hospitality Event Sponsor

Kentucky's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives


Forum Bag Sponsor

Bowie Economic Development Corporation


Forum Lanyard Sponsor

Opportunity Strategies LLC

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Housing & Travel Options

We have secured a block of rooms at the famous French Lick Resort for our Summit attendees. Deadline for our special discounted room rate is June 28, 2024 or until the block is full.
IMPORTANT ROOM BLOCK INSTRUCTIONS: If you plan to stay on the nights of July 30th and 31st, then you can block room with the link below or call 1-844-241-6361 and use the Group Code 0724SUR.  If you are coming in a night or two before the Summit or staying over a night or two after the Summit, please call the Resort directly to make your room reservations, using the Group Block Code 0724SURA. This will allow you to make the reservation dates of your choice. 
This is a premium time of year for the resort, therefore, our online room block is only for the dates of the Summit. However, we have made arrangements for all to enjoy the resort before or after the official Summit Programming. 


Attendees Log In:

Username: 0724SUR

Password: 0724SUR


When making your online reservations, be sure and change the date at the top of the group block page to reflect your arrival date. This will show the availability of rooms. Please contact us at 806-683-2553 if you have any issues, or feel free to contact the hotel directly using the Group Code 0724SUR. 

Tee Times and Spa Appointments are booked several months in advance at the Resort and will certainly be a challenge to secure during this peak summer week. Therefore, if you would like to enjoy the golf or spa amenities before or after the Summit, please take a moment and make those tee times and spa appointments right now!  

For Tee Times, cal(844) 792-8333 and CLICK HERE for Spa Appointments. 

If you will be flying to the Summit, we recommend traveling to the 
Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (65 miles to French Lick, Indiana), the Evansville Regional Airport (84 miles to the French Lick Resort) or the Indianapolis International Airport (95 miles to the French Lick Resort).

CLICK HERE for more information about traveling to the French Lick Resort!

To learn more about all of the fabulous things to do near and around French Lick, Indiana, CLICK HERE!  We encourage you to enjoy a family trip at this fantastic destination and attend the Summit in between your vacation activities. 


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2023 Stand Up Rural America Summit Trailblazers
SPEDA | See Somerset Tourism | Somerset Pulaski County CVB & Lake Cumberland 

We're Headed to Iowa! 

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I'd like to personally invite you to participate in the Stand Up Rural America Regional Forum to be held in Decorah, Iowa on June 12-13, 2024. This Stand Up Rural America Regional Forum will feature nationally renowned subject matter experts, rural trailblazers, positive disruptors and successful economic and community development leaders from around the region. This Forum is perfect for Economic Development Organizations, Chambers of Commerce, Cities, Counties, Regional Groups, Utilities, Industry Leaders, Lenders, Board Members, Elected Officials, Community Volunteers, Educators, Local Businesses and anyone with a vested interest in the growth and prosperity of Rural America.

We will be holding this SURA Regional Forum at the beautiful Hotel Winneshiek & Opera House, located at 104 E Water St in Decorah, IA 52101. The program will begin at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, June 12th, with registration, exhibits and networking. The Forum will end at 3:00 pm on Thursday, June 13th. A special networking event will be held on the evening of June 12th. 

You can make your hotel reservations directly with the Hotel Winneshiek & Opera House by calling 563-382-4164 using the Group Code SOC142. There are limited rooms available at the host hotel. Once our block is full, we recommend utilizing other local hotels in Decorah, Iowa as our overflow hotels. They include a Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, a Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, a Quality Inn, a Super 8 by Wyndham as well as other locally owned hotels and various Airbnb and VRBO options.  

We invite you to join us as a sponsor or a participant. Sponsorship information and Registration information are available below. 

Watch for exciting news about our dynamic speaker line-up.

We are thrilled to be taking our Stand Up Rural America program to beautiful northern Iowa! 

2024 Regional Forum
2023 Summit Charity
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Thank You Laurel, Mississippi

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