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31st Annual Rural Community and Economic Development Conference: Making Rural an Exciting Place to Live


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The 31st Annual Rural Community Economic Development Conference begins on Tuesday evening (February 25) with a Welcome Reception at 7:00 p.m. On Wednesday, the morning plenary session features speakers who will discuss creative strategies for the future of rural Illinois. Wednesday evening there will be networking reception from 5:15 to 6:30 pm.

Abraham Lincoln Hotel, 701 E Adams St, Springfield, IL 62701 -- 217-544-8800 -- Use Code "IIR" for conference rate


Rooms at reduced rates have been set aside for conference participants at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel.  Rates
per night are $85.00 (single) and $100 (double). Room reservations are subject to availability; to receive this
rate, reservations must be made by February 04, 2020. For reservations,  phone the Abraham Lincoln Hotel at
217-544-8800. Be sure to ask for the Rural Community Economic Development Conference rate - code "IIR"

Parking is available close to the hotel. Parking services are managed by the City of Springfield.
If staying at the conference hotel (The Abraham Lincoln Hotel), the IIRA will cover your parking fees.

Breakout sessions on Wednesday afternoon will highlight successful community development strategies and innovative practices applicable to rural areas. These sessions will be repeated to provide attendees an opportunity to attend four sessions. On Thursday morning, the conference continues with four workshops on community and economic development techniques.

Early Bird Rate: $175.00 per person for registrations postmarked by February 16, 2020. The registration rate after February 16 and for registrations at the door is $200.00 per person. Register 3 people from your organization or community and the 4th person is FREE!


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