Stand Up



JULY 26-28, 2022


Join us for this dynamic Economic Development Summit designed specifically for Rural America. Early Summit Registration Rate $349 thru 1/31/2022 Regular Summit Registration Rate $399 thru 7/22/2022 Onsite Registration Rate $449 available 7/25/2022 Discounted Group Registration for Five $1,596
Jul 26, 3:00 PM CDT – Jul 28, 3:00 PM CDT
Location to be announced!

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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



Our exciting Summit Presentation Team will be announced in January 2022...


Deno Paolini

Defining the Way Leadership Co. | Leadership Trainer  | Corporate Facilitator | Coach

Garry Clark

Economic Alliance Snohomish County | President & CEO | Author | TedX Speaker

Deb Brown

SaveYour.Town | Small Town Specialist  

Rick Rhodes

Texas Rural Funders | Rural Engagement Coordinator

 Colleen Walton

Brand Acceleration  | Brand Coach

Chuck Branch

NextSite | CEO

Tom Wengler

OctoUX | Certified HubSpot Partner | CRM Expert

Brad Thomas

Kentucky's Touchstone Energy Cooperatives | Economic Development Specialist

Josh Nowell

Downtown Comeback | HGTV Home Town Cast | Co-Owner Laurel Mercantile

Mallorie Raspberry

Downtown Comeback | HGTV Home Town Cast | Co-Owner Laurel Mercantile 

Jim Rasberry

Downtown Comeback | HGTV Home Town Cast | Co-Owner Laurel Mercantile

Dave Quinn

Day One Experts | Managing Partner | The Solutionist Mastermind Group 

Lorie Vincent

ACCELERATION by design LLC | President | Author | Humorist

Gerri Lawing

Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperatives, Inc. | Economic Development Director 

Drew Myers

Defining Audacity Radio Show & Podcast | Radio Personality | Writer

2022 Summit Schedule  

TUESDAY | July 26 | 2022

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

  3:00 pm |  6:00 pm   Pre-Summit Workshop 

  6:00 pm |  7:30 pm   Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

  7:00 pm |  9:00 pm   Dinner with friends in Host City


WEDNESDAY | July 27 | 2022

  7:00 am |   9:00 am  Summit Registration in Exhibit Hall 

  8:00 am |   6:00 pm  Refreshments & Networking in Exhibit Hall 

  8:30 am |   8:45 am  Welcome to the Summit

  8:45 am |   9:45 am  Keynote Presentation

  9:45 am | 10:00 am  Special Message

10:00 am | 10:15 am  Networking Break

10:15 am | 11:15 am  Presentation 

11:15 am | 12:00 pm  Presentation

12:00 pm |   1:00 pm  Networking Luncheon

  1:15 pm |   2:15 pm  Presentation

  2:15 pm |   2:30 pm  Special Message

  2:30 pm |   2:45 pm  Networking Break

  2:45 pm |   3:45 pm  Power Panel

  3:45 pm |   4:00 pm  Networking Break

  4:00 pm |   5:00 pm  Presentation

  5:00 pm |   6:00 pm  Keynote Presentation

  7:00 pm | 10:00 pm  Celebrating Rural America  | Hospitality & Dinner

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

THURSDAY | July 28 | 2022

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

  8:00 am |   9:00 am  Power Panel

  9:00 am | 10:00 am  Presentation

10:00 am | 10:15 am  Networking Break 

10:15 am | 11:15 am  Presentation 

11:15 am | 11:30 am  The Rural Comeback | Your Stories...Your Victories

11:30 am | 12:30 pm  Networking Luncheon  

12:45 pm |   1:45 pm  Presentation 

  1:45 pm |   2:45 pm  Final Keynote Presentation  

  2:45 pm |   3:00 pm  Summit Wrap Up & Adjournment




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

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

     Summit Journal Sponsor (exclusive) | $2,500

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

     Opening Reception (exclusive) | $1,500

     Summit Attendee Bags (exclusive) | $1,500 

     Summit Lanyard  (exclusive) | $750 SOLD

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 2021 Summit Sponsors


Summit Hosts

West Virginia Economic Development Council | ACCELERATION by design LLC


Presenting Sponsors

Appalachian Power  | Charleston WV CVB

Platinum Sponsors

Enterprise Florida | SC Power Team


Gold Sponsors

Brand Acceleration | Day One Experts | GDS Associates 


Silver Sponsors

DrewMyers.Life | Flyer View Group | Marshall University | Murray State University 

National Rural Economic Development Association | SizeUp


Media Sponsor

Site Selector Magazine

Community Sponsor

Sulphur Springs Economic Development Corporation


Bronze Sponsors

GVEC | Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce


Hospitality Sponsor

Charleston WV CVB


Summit Bag Sponsor

Bowie Economic Development Corporation


Summit Lanyard Sponsor

Opportunity Strategies LLC

The Venue

 July 26-28, 2022 

Our exciting venue and hotel information for the 2022 Stand Up Rural America Summit will be announced in January 2022. 

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