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Registration for the 2014 Symposium on Small Towns Now Open

Posted by Center for Small Towns on Sunday, Apr. 13, 2014

Event Date/Time: Wednesday, Jun. 4, 2014
End Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 5, 2014
Location: Morris Campus

Registration for the 2014 Symposium on Small Towns, “Understanding Rural Migration: Myths, Trends, and Opportunities Exposed,” is open through May 27. As of May 13, the cost is $175. Need-based scholarships are available through the University of Minnesota, Morris Center for Small Towns (CST). Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.

The symposium will be held on the Morris campus June 4–5. Its aims is to help leaders, thinkers, and innovators in rural fields collaborate and network to create lasting relationships and to foster growth in rural areas. The conference will consist of three keynote presentations and a series of breakout sessions. People-recruitment and retention strategies will be discussed, with a focus on topics related to the current state and story of small towns.

An evening reception will be held before the symposium on June 3. Breakfast and lunch will be provided June 4 and 5. A dinner and reception with networking and discussion time will be held June 4.

The symposium is made possible with support from the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, the University of Nebraska Rural Futures Institute, University of Minnesota Extension, South Dakota State University, University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, and the University of Minnesota, Morris.

Registration is available online at For more information on the symposium, visit,,, or For lodging information, visit

The University of Minnesota, Morris Center for Small Towns (CST) is a community outreach program that serves as a point-of-entry to the resources of the University of Minnesota. Small towns, local units of government, k-12 schools, nonprofit organizations, and other University units are able to utilize CST’s resources as they work on rural issues or make contributions to rural society. Its mission is to focus the University’s attention and marshal its resources toward assisting Minnesota’s small towns with locally identified issues by creating applied learning opportunities for faculty and students.