Bring your Crowd to RuralX17

Posted on February 21, 2017

Paula Jensen
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“There have been too many years of no love for rural America. We found all kinds of love for rural at RuralX.”

As a national advocate for rural communities, Deb Brown is not just a fan of RuralX—she’s a keynote speaker. She and Becky McCray are partners in their venture SaveYour.Town and both are coming back to RuralX to build on the success of last year’s presentation.

“We want to keep that momentum and positive action moving forward,” says Deb. “We love how RuralX brought people together. For a first event, last year was well organized and had so much variety. I especially loved the Open X format and how it put the emphasis on experts right in the room. I know this year will only be better, and we are so excited to be part of it!”

Their topic last year centered on revitalizing small towns by thinking outside the box. This year, Deb and Becky will provide insight on “Gathering Your Crowd.” Getting more people involved is often hard for rural communities, but according to Deb, anything is possible with the right approach.

Deb and Becky both live and work in rural communities, and understand the struggles and challenges small towns often face. Deb lives in Webster City, Iowa and Becky is from Hopeton, Oklahoma (population 30). The two met at a blogging event and realized a common passion for rural places. They decided to work together and launched SaveYour.Town as a way to help rural communities not only survive, but thrive.

“We are proof that technology makes it possible to work on nearly anything from anywhere,” says Deb. “That is one of the reasons we’re seeing a shift in perceptions about rural. Right now, for many people, rural is where it’s at.”

If that’s the case, RuralX17 is definitely where it’s at this summer. Be sure to join change makers like Deb Brown and Becky McCray at this year’s event, being held July 18-19 at the Dakota Events Center in Aberdeen. If you’d like to take advantage of Deb and Becky’s latest webinar topic “Kill Your Committees: The Secret to Getting Volunteers,” you can view it until March 2 on their website

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