June 11, 2020
Tri-State Housing Summit
Hannibal, MO

September 4, 2020
Kansas State Extension
Grow Your Own Entrepreneurs
watch the video, just click here

September 17-18, 2020
SMTulsa Conference

September 24, 2020
Radically Rural Remote
virtual speaker

September 29, 2020
Webinar for Montana Extension

October 28, 2020
Texas Midwest Community Network Annual Conference
virtual Opening Keynote

November 2, 2020
Mt. Ayr, Iowa Embedded Community Experience

November 16, 2020
Rock Valley, Iowa Chamber Annual Dinner
Keynote Speaker


April 8-9,2021
MidStates Conference
Closing Keynote

April 21-22,2021
Wisconsin Rural Partners Summit
Keynote and Workshop

April 27-29, 2021
Standup Rural America
Charleston, WV
Keynote Speaker

May 9-16, 2021
Embedded Community Experience
5 County Region in Montana


postponed probably until spring 2021
Sisseton, South Dakota
Embedded Community Experience

Rescheduled until 2021
Brownfield/Main Street West Virginia Conference
Plenary Speaker

Embedded Community Experience
Valdez, AK

AMIBA National Conference
Innovative Rural Business Solutions Created by All of Us

Minnesota Brownfield Conference
Keynote Speaker – Filling Empty Buildings


2021 British Columbia EC Summit

Many of my actual onsite speaking engagements have been converted to virtual engagements. Live Zoom webinars and Live Q and A videos are the most requested.

Becky and I have been creating videos accessible online for a number of years at We also do live broadcasts.

If this is something you’d like to talk about with me, just shoot me an email and let’s talk!

Previous Speaking Appearances include:Deb at RuralX

  • Brownfields National Annual Training
  • NADO Annual Conference
  • International Economic Development Conference
  • TEDx Brookings
  • Western Area Chamber Executives Conference, Los Angeles
  • Radically Rural Conference, Keene, New Hampshire
  • Colorado Hospital Association Annual Conference
  • Michigan Association of Planners Annual Conference



Schedule for 2019

February 1, 2019
Kansas State Research and Education
Webinar: Marketing in a Small Town
available online after February 4

February 19 to 26, 2019
Sebring and Columbiana, Ohio
Embedded Community Experience

March 7-13, 2019
attending in Austin, TX

March 18-20, 2019
Nebraska Catalyst Program
Embedded Community Experience
York, Nebraska

March 28-29, 2019
Tulsa, Oklahoma

April 10-16, 2019
Paulding, Ohio
Embedded Community Experience

May 6-13, 2019
Clay County in North Texas 
Embedded Community Experience

July 1-3, 2018
Oblong, Illinois
Embedded Community Experience

July 4-5
Timberville, Virginia
Historical visit with Ned Overton

September 6, 2019
K State Research and Extension Webinar
Filling Empty Buildings

September 27, 2019
She Is Conference
Emmetsburg, Iowa

October 13-14, 2019
Missouri Community Betterment Conference

October 19-22, 2019
National Association of Development Organizations Annual Training
Reimagining Regional Development:
Building Capacity, Building Regions


October 28, 2019
Annual Celebration Legacy Learning Boone River Valley
“Who rides a bike from Canada to Mexico?”
Guest speaker Ben Weaver

November 20, 2019
Embedded Community Experience and
Idea Friendly presentation for small towns

Webster City, Iowa

December 11-13
Keynote for National Brownfields Training Conference 
Los Angeles, California

December 10-20, 2019
Cruise through Western Mexico
Everyone should take a vacation!


Wisconsin Rural Partners Summit
Keynote and Workshop
April 22-23, 2020

Northeast Community Action Conference
Hannibal, Missouri
June 11, 2020


SMTulsa Conference, March 26-27,2020

Sisseton, SD spring 2020


Other Speaking Appearances:  

  • Rural X Summit
  • Misfit Conference
  • 140 Character Conferences – NYC,  Iowa, and Small Town
  • Regards to Rural Conference, Portland, OR
  • Michigan Small Town and Rural Development Conference
  • Mid America Chamber Executives (MACE)
  • The Future of Rural Conference, Klamath Falls, OR
  • Historic Preservation Summit Iowa
  • Iowa Byways
  • Women’s Business Conference, Kearney, NE
  • MidStates Economic Development Conference
  • Stuart, Iowa Chamber Dinner
  • Building Communities Conference, Surf Ballroom, Iowa
  • Rural Arts and Culture Summit, Morris Minnesota
  • Central Iowa Tourism
  • Southern Illinois Economic Development Conference
  • Western Iowa Tourism
  • Missouri Community Betterment Association Conference (twice)
  • Milbank, South Dakota
  • Monroe Economic Development Conference, Monroe, Wisconsin
  • Iowa Museum Association Annual Conference
  • Rural Business and Innovation Summit, Klamath Falls, OR
  • Rural That Works Annual Conference
  • Social Media Breakfast, Mason City, Iowa and Albert Lea, Minnesota

Embedded Community Experiences:

  • Akron, Iowa
  • Belle Fourche, South Dakota
  • Ritzville, Washington
  • Avon, Minnesota
  • Cold Springs, Minnesota
  • York, Nebraska
  • Rock Valley, Iowa
  • Bennettsville, South Carolina
  • Forest County, Pennsylvania
  • Ohio RCAP Project: Minerva, Carrollton, Columbiana, Sebring, Fostoria,  and Paulding, Ohio
  • Roscommon County, Michigan
  • Estherville, Iowa
  • Webster City, Iowa


  • Rural Economic Development Webinar – Blaine, Canada and Pro Learning Laboratory
  • SaveYour.Town Videos Monthly with Becky McCray
  • National Realtors Association Webinar with Tyler Abens
  • K State Research and Extension Webinar Marketing Your Small Town 
  • K State Research and Extension Webinar Filling Empty Buildings