Tri-State Development Summit

Transform your ideas, research, and best practices into a presentation at the 2023 Tri-State Development Summit. These presentations are meant to spark innovative thinking, encourage dialogue, and drive new solutions to our greatest regional challenges.

We want to hear from you!

Anyone interested in sharing their experiences, ideas, or knowledge with the greater Tri-State Development regional community is asked to submit a presentation proposal no later than June 1, 2023. Proposals submitted after this date will be considered for a future meeting.

Presentations will be provided to attendees in concurrent sessions, allowing for choices among a number of diverse and interesting topics. Some presenters may be asked to present in more than one session throughout the day.

Tri-State Development’s mission is to bring together stakeholders to identify challenges and opportunities within the 3-state, 36-rural county region of northeast Missouri, southeast Iowa, and west central Illinois and to work collaboratively toward regional outcomes that will encourage investment in our communities and enhance the lives of our citizens. Tri-State Development supports the region by cultivating collaborative partnerships for collective impact in addressing the current and emerging political, economic, and social challenges of the region.

2023 Summit Topics

Relevant topics may include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Workforce
  • Childcare
  • Housing
  • Attracting Residents to our Rural Communities
  • Education
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Rural Success and Prosperity
  • Supporting Rural Entrepreneurs
  • Locating, Accessing, and Presenting Data for Impact
  • Writing Your Rural Narrative
  • Transformational Ideas for Rural Communities
  • Throw Your Hat in the Ring: A Case for Running for Office
  • Influencing through Involvement
  • Regionalism in Rural America
  • Placemaking
Tri-State Development Summit Speaker

Types of Presentations


Presentation Submissions

will be accepted through 11:59 pm, June 1, 2023. A completed submission form and draft presentation slides are required.

Keynote & General Session Presentations

Notification for Keynote and General Session Presentations will be sent on or before July 10, 2023.

Final Presentation

Final presentation slides of accepted presentations must be submitted by August 18, 2023.

Lightning Talks

Notification for Lightning Talks will be sent on or before August 30, 2023.

Presentation and Speaker Submission Form

Call for Presentations - Tri-State Development
if applicable, for example, Ph.D., M.A., M.B.A.
0 of 300 max words
Please submit a brief biography relevant to your qualifications for this presentation. Your biography will be printed in the conference program and posted on our website. Please submit up to 300 words in a written/narrative format and NOT a CV/resume.

Maximum file size: 516MB

Please attach a color headshot of 300 dpi or higher. ONLY .jpeg or .tif formats will be accepted. Pictures embedded in the biography will not be accepted.
Briefly describe the topic of your presentation. Explain how you will convey the content to the participants. Describe the background information or sources you will use.
Titles should be concise and intriguing. Attendees will choose from up to three [3] sessions per time block. Tri-State Development reserves the right to ask presenters to re-title sessions for clarity or appropriateness.
Descriptions should be no more than 200 words and will be printed in the program book. This is your marketing material. Suggested format: Describe the problem. State your solution. Describe the activities that will result in the learning outcomes that are listed below.
The Tri-State Development Summit is an interactive environment for the exchange of ideas and designed for attendees to learn applicable skills to become engaged and effective in promoting and improving their community. Please identify two to three key learnings/outcomes.
Please describe what AV support your presentation requires. All presentations will be preloaded onto laptops and a clicker will be provided. Please include the format of your presentation (pptx, mp4, mov, etc).

Maximum file size: 516MB

I understand that the draft is being requested for review only and that I have until August 18, 2023 to provide the final presentation.
Presentation Materials
Please indicate if any of the following will be included in your presentation. Please note that preparing and providing materials will be the responsibility of the presenter.
Please offer any additional information relevant to your submission.