2019 RCAP National Conference

St. Petersburg, Florida | July 29- August 1, 2019

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The RCAP National Conference is a national gathering of the RCAP Network and partners to learn best practices for supporting rural communities around the nation. The RCAP National Conference is an invitation-only conference and is not open to outside participants.

Conference Logistics

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Venue: The 2019 RCAP National Conference will take place in the Conference Center at The Vinoy Renaissance Hotel at 501 5th Avenue NE, St. Petersburg, Florida. To view a map of the meeting space, please click here. In the event of extreme inclement weather, RCAP will notify registered attendees of alternate arrangements with as much notice as possible.

Hotel: A discounted room rate is available for attendees and partners at the host hotel, The Vinoy Renaissance, for $165 a night. To make a reservation, click here. All reservations must be made before June 14, 2019. The discounted rate extends through both the weekend prior to the conference and the weekend following. We encourage you to bring loved ones or stay a few days to enjoy your time in the Florida sunshine. If you have any questions regarding hotel accommodations, please contact us here.

Travel: The Vinoy Renaissance can be accessed from both Tampa International Airport and the St.Peterburg-Clearwater International Airport. The hotel does not offer a free shuttle, but private transportation may be arranged via car service, taxi, or ride share services. For detailed driving directions, please click here.


Tampa International Airport (TPA)

Hotel distance: 19.5 miles SW

Estimated taxi fare: 60 USD (one way)


St Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport (PIE)

Hotel distance: 12 miles NW

Estimated taxi fare: 45 USD (one way)


Conference Activties

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Opening Kick-Off Reception: RCAP will welcome conference attendees at an opening reception on Monday, July 29, 2019. Refreshments and a cash bar will be served. No registration is required, however, attendees must have picked up their name badge to attend.

Video Interviews: Throughout the RCAP National Conference, video interviews with attendees will be recorded. If you are interested in participating and would like to talk about your work, the conference, or rural issues, please sign up here to reserve a time slot.

Closing Awards Banquet: As RCAP celebrates the network and honored guests, attendees are invited to participate in the closing awards banquet on Thursday, August 1, 2019. Dinner will be served and a cash bar will be made available. The banquet is free, but registration is required. For non-network attendees, please register here. For RCAP Network attendees, please contact your program manager about registering. Attire for the Closing Awards Banquet is business professional or upscale casual.

Pedal Pub Tour: With this $30 add-on activity on Wednesday, July 31st at 6:40 pm, get to know St. Pete and your fellow attendees with a fun, safe, eco-friendly pub crawl! You and your fellow TAPs will power a big Dutch-made bike while pedaling, singing, drinking, and having an all-around great time! (Don't worry, St. Pete is very flat!) You're welcome to bring your own ice, beer or wine (no liquor or glass permitted) and let a friendly local guide, guide you on a 2-hour tour through the city, making up to three stops at local breweries and bars along the way. To register, click here. *Non-conference attendees are welcome but must be over 21. Space is very limited. 


Please continue to check back as more activities are added.

Conference Information

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Agenda: To view the agenda at a glance, click here. For full session descriptions and speaker, bios, click here.

Pre-Conference Workshop: On Monday, July 29, 2019, a free, all-day Pre-Conference workshop on Technical Assistance Fundamentals will be held. Registration for the workshop is required. For all non-network attendees that would like to request to attend the pre-conference workshop, please register here. For RCAP Network attendees, please contact your program manager about registering.

Special Meetings: A meeting will be held for the RCAP Network Chief Financial Officers on Thursday, August 1, 2019. The RCAP Board of Directors will meet on Monday, July 29, 2019.  If you have any questions regarding these meetings, please contact us here.

Awards: RCAP will once again present several network awards during the Closing Awards Reception, in addition to hosting photo/art and social media contests. To submit a photo to the photo contest, please click here. Information on the social media contest will be made available soon.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding the conference agenda or sessions, please contact us here.


RCAP assumes permission to use attendees likeness in a photograph, video, or other digital media (“photo”) in any and all of its publications, including web-based publications, without payment or other consideration, unless otherwise stated. If you would like to opt out, please contact kbrown@rcap.org.

The Vinoy Renaissance - St. Peterburg, Florida

On-Site Activities Available:

  • Vinoy Golf Club
  • Vinoy Golf Course
  • Salon and Spa
  • The Shave Cave
  • Beauty shop
  • Marchand's Bar & Grill
  • Paul’s Landing
  • The Veranda Café
  • Lobby Bar and Veranda Patio
  • The Vinoy Club Grill
  • Renaissance Vinoy Health Club
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Clubhouse Outdoor Pool
  • Bike rentals
  • Tennis Courts
  • Free Fitness Classes
  • Personal Training
  • Kid's Tennis Camp
  • Dive-In Movies
  • Vinoy Kid's Camp
  • Junior Golf Camp
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Jogging/Fitness Trail