NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Commerce is hosting a rural opportunities conference that will highlight rural business and community development. The agency announced Wednesday that registration is now open for the April 15 event in Newton. Sessions include a discussion on marketing a community, the next steps on the statewide water plan, and a panel of Humboldt community leaders talking about how they addressed that community's needs. Other workshops include such topics as marketing, health, public buildings and succession planning. More information on the Rural Opportunities Conference can be found by clicking here.