Kansas Rural Opportunities Conference set for Nov. 7-8

Event will address broadband development, housing needs, community financed services and growing a business through exporting

Published on: Oct 30, 2012

Registration will close tomorrow (Oct. 31) for the The Rural Opportunities Conference, sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce, to be held  Nov. 7-8 in Junction City. This year’s conference will offer participants the opportunity to learn about the latest in broadband development, as well as discuss housing needs, community financed services and growing a business through exporting. More than 200 economic development representatives, entrepreneurs, telecommunications professionals and community leaders are expected to participate.

The conference will feature general and breakout sessions focused on fostering an entrepreneurial culture; building community support for local business expansion; an overview on statewide broadband data collection and mapping; community land trusts; and enabling eCommerce for rural and home-based businesses, among other topics.

This year’s conference will offer participants the opportunity to learn about the latest in broadband development, as well as discuss housing needs, community financed services and growing a business through exporting.
This year’s conference will offer participants the opportunity to learn about the latest in broadband development, as well as discuss housing needs, community financed services and growing a business through exporting.

State leaders, including Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and Commerce Secretary Pat George will be among the speakers. Other presenters include Steve Radley, president and CEO, of NetWork Kansas; Michael Brown, partner in national consulting group Burlington Associates; and Charles Fluharty, president and CEO of the Rural Policy Research Institute. A complete list of conference presenters can be found at KansasCommerce.com/RuralOpportunitiesConference.

The conference will open at 10 a.m. Nov. 7 and run until 5:15 p.m. A tradeshow reception will begin following the close of the session that day.  The Nov. 8 sessions is 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

The registration fee is $75 and covers all sessions, handouts, meals and breaks.

Sponsors include the Kansas Department of Commerce; the Kansas Telecommunications Industry Association; the State Independent Telephone Association of Kansas; Rocking M Radio Inc. of Manhattan; the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development; KsFiberNet; RedTire at the University of Kansas; NetWork Kansas; the Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center (MAMTC); Kansas Small Business Development Center; U.S. Small Business Administration; AT&T Kansas in Topeka and Cox Business in Wichita.

For more information, contact Susan NeuPoth Cadoret with the Department at 785-296-7198 or scadoret@kansascommerce.com.