Thinking Regionally: Research, Policy, & Practice
Small Cities Conference 2020
May 8-9, 2020
Ball State University, Muncie, IN

The 2020 Small Cities Conference at Ball State University brings together academics and policy makers interested in regional solutions to common problems facing communities and regions. The conference organizers seek proposals for papers and/or panels that consider the regional dimensions of challenges facing small cities, towns, and rural places.

Wide variation in regional economic performance has troubled Americans for more than a generation. Job losses due to international trade and automation, coupled with rapid urbanization, rural population decline, and the divergence in educational attainment between growing and declining places have had especially dramatic effects on small cities, towns, and rural communities. Scholars and policy makers have increasingly recognized the need for regional approaches that address these issues.

Communities regularly encounter public policy challenges spanning multiple jurisdictions. These challenges call for extended scholarly research with a policy or applied focus. Effectively confronting challenges facing rural communities, towns, and smaller cities requires both better understanding regional linkages and greater interaction between the academics who study these issues and the policy makers who address them….

Please view the conference website for more information –