Inspiring communities, envisioning the future for rural towns and building communities are among the goals of the Texas Rural Leadership Program conference set for May 19-21 at the Horseshoe Bay Resort, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service officials said.

“We are coming together to consider issues of statewide concern and to foster connections between peer communities,” said Texas Rural Leadership Program director Ronnie McDonald of Bastrop. “We invite representatives from every rural town to come meet fellow Texans who are building vibrant communities through creative visioning and inclusive leadership.”

Registration for the event, which is $232 with continuing education unit credits or $225 without, must be completed at by April 30. All conference meals, breaks and materials are included. Information about room reservations is on that site.

The Texas Rural Leadership Program, which partners with AgriLife Extension, is a non-profit corporation formed in 1990 by a group of leaders representing business, civic, education, government and religious organizations across Texas. Its mission is to “create and deliver exciting effective leadership development programs for rural Texas.”

The event opens May 19 with a 5:30 p.m. reception sponsored by Dr. Doug Steele, director of AgriLife Extension. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. followed by a conference overview and networking activity.

The May 20 program will be on asset-based development, how servant leadership changes lives and communities, deliberative dialogue and partnerships. Group discussions will follow each session. The day will conclude with a dinner.

Sessions on May 21 will include rural youth leadership and tapping external sources. A noon luncheon will conclude the event.