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2021 Rural Summit Registration Now Open

Redefining Resilience and Recovery December 1-2 at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Annapolis

On December 1 and 2 of this year, the Rural Maryland Council will host a biennial Rural Summit to highlight the achievements and progress of its rural communities. Throughout the two-day event, attendees will hear rural advocates from across the state and nation share their expertise on areas such as rural health, broadband, workforce development, agriculture, forestry, and more. This will also be a great opportunity for rural advocates to collaborate and share ideas with one another. We anticipate more than 300 rural attendees from across the state. Additionally, several elected officials are regularly in attendance. Invitations have been sent to the Governor, Comptroller, Maryland Senators and Delegates, including Senate President Bill Ferguson and House Speaker Adrienne Jones. The cost to attend is $60 for both days and $40 for a single day.


Keynote Speaker – Whitney Kimball Coe, Director of National Programs for Rural Strategies and leads the Rural Assembly, a nationwide movement striving to build better policy and more opportunity for rural communities across the country. As an organizer, speaker, moderator, and writer, Whitney has shared her perspectives on community and civic courage with audiences around the world. She has been featured on stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit, and as a guest on the radio program On Being with Krista Tippett. She writes a regular column for her local newspaper, the Daily Post Athenian, and has participated in Citizen University’s Civic Saturday Fellowship program. She holds a M.A. in Appalachian studies from Appalachian State University and an undergraduate degree in religion and philosophy from Queens University.


2021 Rural Summit Early Sponsors

Rural Champion Sponsorship ($5,000 Level): The Campbell Foundation and the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
Rural Supporter Sponsorship ($1,500 Level): Maryland Agricultural & Resource-Based Industry Development Corporation, MidAtlantic Farm Credit
Rural Advocate Sponsorship ($1,000 Level): Maryland Nursery, Landscape, and Greenhouse Association, University of Maryland Extension, Mid – Shore Regional Council, Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, Tri-County Council for Western Maryland, Upper Shore Regional Council
Rural Contributor Sponsorship ($750 Level):    Caroline County Economic Development
Rural Associate Sponsorship ($500 Level): NetGlo Corporation, Angel Flight East, Tri-County Council for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative, Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Maryland Department of Labor
Rural Friend Sponsorship ($250 Level): Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center, AHEC West, Cecil County Maryland Economic Development


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