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Preservation and Transformation: The Future of the Rural West

Eccles Family Rural West Conference, Troutdale, Oregon, March 4-6, 2015

Rural West Conference, 2015

The 2015 Rural West Conference was held in Troutdale, Oregon, a town situated at the gateway to the Columbia Gorge--like many of us, it has one foot in an urban area and one foot in a rural one.  The conference's theme was "Preservation and Transformation: The Future of the Rural West."  Through panels on economic vitality, crime and policing, youth, culture, land use, and the availability of services in the rural West, we addressed questions such as: What is distinct about the rural West?  What should be preserved, and why?  And how can we transform the rural West for the better without sacrificing the things that makes the region so unique?

You can learn more about the conference by navigating the links to the left.  Please contact us if you have any questions or comments.



Rural West Conference Volume

Bridging the Distance

Common Issues of the Rural West

Edited by David B. Danbom
Foreword by David M. Kennedy

Published in cooperation with the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University
The University of Utah Press has published Bridging the Distance, a book by the Rural West Initiative of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Edited by the distinguished historian David B. Danbom and with a foreword by Center co-founding director David M. Kennedy, the book explores the Rural West across four dimensions: Community, Land, Economics – and defining the Rural West itself. The book is the result of work presented at the first Conference on the Rural West, which took place in Ogden, Utah, in October 2012.