Thinking Regionally: Research, Policy, & Practice

New Date: May 13-15, 2021 • Muncie, IN

Understanding modern challenges and exploring sustainable solutions in rural communities, towns, and smaller cities.

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About the Small Cities Conference

The Small Cities Conference at Ball State University brings together scholars and policymakers to focus on issues facing small cities and rural communities. Since 2001, the Small Cities Conference has examined past milestones, present challenges, and future prospects of mid-sized communities on a national and global stage.

The Small Cities Conference is led by the Center for Middletown Studies with interdisciplinary support from scholars and offices across campus, including the Center for Business and Economic Research, the Indiana Communities Institute, and the RUPRI Center for State Policy.

2021 Conference • Thinking Regionally: Research, Policy, & Practice

Non-metropolitan places regularly encounter public policy challenges spanning multiple communities and jurisdictions. Effectively confronting the challenges facing rural communities, towns, and smaller cities requires both a better understanding of regional linkages and greater interaction between the academics who study these issues and the policy makers who address them.


American Planning Association Indiana Chapter
AICP credits for select sessions are provided via the
Indiana Chapter of the American Planning Association.