The Small Conference brings together academics 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.

2018 Conference


The 2018 Conference was organized by the Center for Middletown Studies, the Center for Business and Economic Research, the Indiana Communities Institute, and the RUPRI Center for State Policy. The theme was “Vulnerable Communities: Research, Policy, & Practice.”

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2020 Conference

Regional Identity

What’s next for the Small Cities Conference? We’re shifting our attention towards characteristics of communities in the context of regional identity and growth.

Look for details in 2020, including a call for proposals.

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