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Summit hosting expert on small towns, rural trends

Becky McCray to speak at July 12 event

Betty McCray
Betty McCray

SPRING VALLEY — North Central Illinois Council of Governments’ Economic Development District (NCICG EDD) has announced plans for its upcoming Economic Development Summit.

The summit will be from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 12, in the Hall High School auditorium in Spring Valley.

This year’s event will feature Becky McCray, a nationally known speaker on small towns and rural trends. She has also co-authored a book titled “Small Town Rules: How Big Brands and Small Businesses Can Prosper in a Connected Economy.”

In her presentation, McCray will focus on positive rural trends, opening up to new ideas, and innovative rural business models. She will also address how rural youths will play a vital role in the future of our area.

At the end of her presentation, she will invite anyone interested in the future of their town to walk with her through downtown Ladd. During the walk, McCray will help find potential and identify the specific steps people can take to make meaningful change and how to use these same principles in any small town.

NCICG EDD’s goal in bringing McCray and her knowledge of small communities to the region is to provide new ways to enhance rural economic development.

To find out about registering, sponsorships and scholarships for this event, contact dtuftie@ncicg.org or call 815-433-5830.

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