Yakima River in Washington. Photo by Scott Butner via Flickr
The Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University will host the sixth Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Rural West Conference from March 22-24, 2018 in Yakima, Washington.
This three-day interdisciplinary conference brings together academics, practitioners, and policymakers to share knowledge and ideas about the Rural West, catalyzing scholarship and solutions to this region’s pressing problems. Each spring, the Center travels to a different state in the West, growing the network of individuals and organizations invested in creative solutions to challenges of rural connectivity, health, environment and economic development.
Building upon the 2017 focus of “A Healthier Rural West,” we will focus on how collaboration can be used to improve health and environmental outcomes. Drawing from local examples of collaborative governance like the Yakima Basin Integrated Water Resource Plan, the Bill Lane Center seeks to better understand local successes and to facilitate dialogue and exchange of best practices across the Rural West.