Economic development summit to focus on small towns

Becky McCray

SPRING VALLEY - North Central Illinois Council of Governments’ Economic Development District (NCICG EDD) has announced plans for their upcoming Economic Development Summit. The event will take place from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 at 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. McCray has also co-authored a book titled, “Small Town Rules” How Big Brands and Small Businesses Can Prosper in a Connected Economy.

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

At the end of her presentation, she invites 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 that can be taken 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 our region is to provide new ways to enhance rural economic development.

To find out about registering, sponsorships, and scholarships, for this event, please contact [email protected] or call (815) 433-5830.