33rd Annual Rural Community and Economic Development:

Repositioning Rural for Economies of the Future


The 2022 Rural Community Economic Development Conference will focus on repositioning rural communities for the future. Recent Census data show rural population declines but technology advances. Remote working opportunities, and preferences for living in nonmetro areas, suggest that the future for many rural communities can be bright. However, communities must reshape their workforces to take advantage of these trends, revitalize their downtowns, and provide a high quality of life to attract residents.