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Going into its fourth year, Radically Rural, an annual summit that brings people together from across the U.S. to present ideas and solutions to challenges facing rural communities, is on solid footing, despite the switch to an all-virtual event last year because of COVID-19.

Like many small businesses, Ted McGreer, owner of Ted’s Shoe and Sport in Keene, was knocked back on his heels when his retail store was deemed “non-essential” and ordered to close in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. A few days later, he was allowed to resume business because of hi…