Join us for this dynamic Economic Development Summit designed specifically for Rural America. Regular Summit Registration Rate $349 thru 7/27/2020 Onsite Registration Rate $449 available 7/28/2020 Discounted Group Registration for Five $1,700
Jul 28, 3:00 PM EDT – Jul 30, 3:00 PM EDT
Embassy Suites Charleston ,
300 Court St, Charleston, WV 25301, USA



I’d like to personally invite you to this national Rural Economic Development Summit taking place July 28-30, 2020, in Charleston, West Virginia. The event, Stand Up Rural America-Forging a New Path, 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, marketing, regionalism, business retention & expansion,  effective communications, rural retail, housing, rural broadband, talent development 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 20 states enjoyed our inaugural event in Tulsa in July of 2019 while garnering high praise for the superior level of speakers, quality content and excellent networking opportunities.  

The Summit is being 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 29-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. 

My sincere appreciation to the WVEDC for serving as the head of the Summit Host Committee. Summit sponsorships are available and we will host an exciting exhibit area. Registration for the Summit is open. Out of respect for the difficulties all of our rural communities have faced throughout the COVID-19 crisis, we are extending the discounted registration rate until July 27, 2020 and a special group registration rate for five or more participants from one organization.  We recognize your travel and budget challenges and want to do what we can to help you participate in the Summit. 

You won't want to miss this special event. Please join me in West Virginia to celebrate Rural America in July 2020.

See you there! 

 Lorie  Vincent

Lorie Vincent, CEcD

Founder | President



Deno Paolini

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

Garry Clark

Greater Fremont Development Council | President & CEO | Author | TedX Speaker

Deb Brown

SaveYour.Town | Small Town Specialist  


Rick Rhodes

Texas Rural Funders Collaboration | Rural Engagement Coordinator

Colleen Walton

Brand Acceleration  | Marketing Specialist


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

Stevie Field-Chavez

GIS Planning | Vice President of Regional Sales 

Lorie Vincent

ACCELERATION by design LLC | President | Author | Humorist

Gerri Lawing

Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperatives, Inc. | Economic Development Director 

James Chavez

South Carolina Power Team | President & CEO

Drew Myers

Defining Audacity Radio Show & Podcast | Radio Personality | Writer

and more...

Summit Schedule


TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2020

 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 your friends in Downtown Charleston

 9:00 pm |10:00 pm   After Dinner Meet Up at Adelphia Sports Bar & Grill


  8:00 am |   5:15 pm  Refreshments & Networking in Exhibit Hall

  8:30 am |   9:00 am  Welcome to the Summit

  9:00 am | 10:00 am  Headliner

10:15 am | 11:15 am  Presentation

11:30 am | 12:30 pm  Presentation 

12:30 pm | 1:30 pm    Networking Luncheon

  1:30 pm | 2:30 pm    Presentation

  2:45 pm | 3:45 pm    Power Panel 

  4:00 pm | 5:00 pm    Presentation

  5:15 pm | 6:15 pm    Keynote Address

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

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


  8:00 am | 12:30 pm  Refreshments & Networking in Exhibit Hall

  8:30 am |  9:30 am   Special Morning Message

  9:30 am | 10:30 am  Headliner

10:45 am | 11:45 am  Presentation

11:45 am | 12:45 pm  Networking Luncheon

12:45 pm | 2:00 pm    Power Panel 

  2:00 pm | 2:50 pm    Closing Keynote Address   

  2:50 pm | 3:00 pm    Summit Wrap Up & Adjournment

 July 28-30, 2020 |  Charleston, West Virginia

The Summit will be held at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, West Virginia. Click the button below for the direct link to our room block. We have secured a special rate of $149.00 per night.  Enjoy the hotel's newly renovated two room suites, famous cooked to order breakfast and proximity to nearby attractions. Make your reservation now before the room block fills up. Come early or stay late and enjoy all the amenities beautiful West Virginia has to offer! 

Embassy Suites Hotel

300 Court Street

Charleston, West Virginia


Embassy Suites Hotel website

Room Block Code: SUR


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