Registration

Full conference attendance of $75 includes access to all sessions, the opening reception and welcoming dinner, and all meals during the full event.

 

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Conference Hotels

We have discounted room blocks set up at The Four Points by Sheraton Bentonville! The Sheraton is just a 10 minute drive to The Ledger, our primary venu, and less than 15 minutes to Crystal Bridges, where we’ll have our opening plenary on the first night. Ubers are readily available in Bentonville. Room availability is limited, so we encourage you to book now.

Book here by October 4th to get our special rate!

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Scholarships

Ask us about our scholarships for travel, accommodations, and attendance!

We are proud to be partnered with Sol Systems, our first scholarship sponsor! Sol Systems’ mission is to work together with customers and partners to build, finance, and manage clean energy projects and accelerate an equitable transition to a sustainable energy future.

We are also excited to welcome their Senior Director of Impact, Adaora Ifebigh, as one of our speakers. Learn more about her panel, “The Power of Partnerships: Leveraging Scale for Successful Community-Centered Clean Energy Development”, on our Speakers page!

Sol Systems is a leading national solar energy firm with an established reputation for integrity and reliability across its development, infrastructure, and environmental commodity businesses. Sol Systems is operating and building over 2 GW of solar projects valued at more than $2 billion for Fortune 100 companies, municipalities, counties, utilities, universities, and schools and provides environmental commodity portfolio management services to more than 20,000 customers across the US. The company was founded in 2008, is based in Washington, D.C., and is led by its founder. Sol Systems works with institutional clients, corporate partners, and foundations to create a more scholar sustainable future we can all believe in.

Scholarships are available! Interested in applying? Email us at ruralrenaissance@groundswell.org for an application!

Why Bentonville?

The Wall Street Journal released an article by Kathryn O’Shea-Evans in August of 2023 calling Bentonville a, “New Capital of Cool” due to its “delicious food and innovative art”!

During the Roadshow you will get to experience a “Taste of Bentonville”! We have partnered with a variety of restaurants in Downtown Bentonville, a short distance from The Ledger, to provide a unique dinner experience for you on Thursday, October 26th. When you leave the cocktail hour on Thursday, make sure you have your dinner voucher in hand, as your meal is included with your registration! 


  • Flying Fish serves fresh catfish, shrimp and oysters, grilled fish, shrimp cocktail, fish cocktail, crab legs, burgers, chicken, and mudbugs (crawfish) in season. A specialty selection of grilled salmon, trout, or tilapia is also offered each day.
  • Go to Oven and Tap to enjoy a delicious wood-fired pizza, lasagna, and more.
  • Press Room has a variety of options, from a veggie Reuben, to BBQ beef short ribs, to shrimp and grits. Check out their menu to see what you may like!
  • Tusk and Trotter, American Brasserie, is a Bentonville original. Chef Rob brought his flavor of high south cuisine to Bentonville in 2011, when Bentonville was first starting to become the cultural hub it is today. 
  • Wright's BBQ delivers a, "cooking experience that is uncommon to this area, and is becoming more rare as time goes on. We take people back to the method of open flame, 100% wood fire, on a pit. Its simple, but hard. We believe the only way to achieve the flavor and tenderness of real barbecue is through the method of old. You can have a life changing barbecue experience...Our goal is to create and build an atmosphere that pulls people in, a true destination barbecue location in NWA. We source pecan wood from downed central Arkansas trees. From the start each week, to when we end, our fires never stop burning. An overnight process that delivers fresh food when you need it."


Check out these restaurants! Oven & Tap, Tusk & Trotter American Brasserie

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Getting Around Bentonville

Ubers, Lyft, and other forms of transportation including taxis are available in Bentonville.

 

Flying to Bentonville

XNA is serviced by American, Delta, US Air, and Allegiant airlines, and is only 15 minutes from downtown!

There are 15 direct flights daily. Flights under 3 hrs.; New York City, Washington, DC., Orlando, Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake City.