Regional Services

Utah Rural Summit - “Where Rural Utah Meets”

Southern Utah University hosts this annual gathering of rural Utah leaders each August. The Utah Rural Summit, which celebrates its 26th year in 2013, is administered and presented by SUU's Office of Regional Services and the Utah Center for Rural Life at SUU.

The 26th Annual Utah Rural Summit is scheduled for August 8 & 9 at the Hunter Conference Center on the beautiful campus of Southern Utah University in Cedar City. As always, this year's Summit promises to be an event that anyone interested in Utah's rural communities, economies, issues and opportunities will not want to miss!

Please check this website often as details about the Summit, including Keynote speakers, breakout sessions and the overall schedule, will be posted here as they become available. Below you'll find a preliminary schedule for this year's event.

For more information about the 26th Annual Utah Rural Summit, to be a Summit Sponsor (see our 2012 sponsors at the bottom of this page), or to reserve your vendor or exhibit booth space, visit the official Utah Rural Summit website or contact Kathleen McDowell at Mcdowell@suu.edu or 435-586-7738.

If you would like to be considered as a keynote or breakout session speaker at this year's Summit contact Wes Curtis at curtis@suu.edu or call 435-586-7738.

We look forward to seeing you at the Utah Rural Summit--Where Rural Utah Meets!

The 26th Annual Utah Rural Summit

Southern Utah University, Hunter Conference Center

(preliminary schedule)

Thursday, August 8

7:30 a.m. Registration & Hot Breakfast

8:15 Welcome

Wes Curtis, Utah Center for Rural Life

President Michael Benson, Southern Utah University

8:30 Governor Gary Herbert (invited)

9:15 Keynote

10:15 BREAK

10:45 Breakout Session I

12:15 p.m. LUNCH in Great Hall

12:30 Rural Honors Awards

12:45Keynote

1:45 BREAK

2:15 Breakout Session II

3:30 Networking Time and Adjourn

Friday, August 9

7:30 a.m. Registration & Hot Breakfast

8:30 Welcome

8:45Governor’s Rural Partnership Board Report

9:15 Keynote

10:15 BREAK

10:45 Breakout Session III

Noon BREAK

12:15 p.m. LUNCH in Great Hall

12:30 Rural Honors Awards

12:45 Keynote

1:30 Adjourn