SOUTH SIOUX CITY - The 14th annual Midstates Community and Economic Development Conference is set from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 6 at the Marina Inn Hotel and Conference Center in South Sioux City, Nebraska.
The Midstates Community and Economic Development Conference is one of the largest rural development events in the tri-state area and is a joint project of 10 agencies and organizations in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.
It is designed for local leaders and offers workshops on successful strategies and innovative ideas for rural development.
The keynote speaker this year will be Deb Brown, of Save Your Town, who will share stories of small town successes and help attendees determine ways they can build possibilities into their towns, improve the idea climate in their rural communities, and learn practical steps to draw a crowd of supporters, create more connections, and get started with small steps.
Three breakout sessions will feature 12 presenters representing success stories in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.
Topics for these workshops include marketing, housing, vacant lots, workforce education, "old to new" and local food entrepreneurs.
Communities may send two or more representatives to the conference to attend more breakout sessions. Registrations are due by March 31, and online registration is available at www.extension.iastate.edu/woodbury.