About the 2023 RAC Symposium

The 2023 Rural Action Caucus (RAC) Symposium will convened senior elected and appointed county officials alongside national thought leaders and industry partners in Greenbrier County, West Virginia to identify rural challenges and elevate solutions through peer-to-peer information exchanges and national policy discussions.

Since 1997, the Rural Action Caucus (RAC) has represented the nearly 70 percent of America's counties that are rural, addressing critical federal, state and local issues impacting these unique communities. In Washington, D.C., RAC is the voice of rural counties before Congress and the White House.


Explore the Full Symposium Schedule

Explore the schedule of the 2023 RAC Symposium in Greenbrier County, W.Va.

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Featured Speakers

View a full list of speakers on the symposium schedule page. 

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Hon. Shelley Moore Capito

U.S. Senate (R-W.Va.)
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Hon. Joe Manchin

U.S. Senator (D-W.Va.)
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Courtney Dozier

Deputy Director, Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program, National Telecommunications & Information Administration
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Kimia Nikseresht

Assistant Counsel, Broadband Data Task Force, Federal Communications Commission

Tony Pipa

Senior Fellow, Center for Sustainable Development, Brookings Institution
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Ryan Thorn

State Director for Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Cindy Axne

Senior Advisor for Rural Engagement, Delivery and Prosperity, U.S. Department of Agriculture; former Member of Congress (IA-03)
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Brad D. Smith

President, Marshall University
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Lukas McGowan

Senior Advisor at The White House
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Craig Buerstatte

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Regional Affairs, U.S. Economic Development Administration
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Mikayla Bodey

Senior Professional Staff Member, U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Nutrition
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Matthew D. Chase

CEO/Executive Director