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Destination: West

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2019 CONFERENCE RECAP

Destination: West

The Rural West Conference is an annual interdisciplinary gathering workshop that 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 Lane Center travels to a different location in the West, growing the network of individuals and organizations invested in identifying solutions to challenges of rural policy, health and environment.

The 7th Annual Eccles Family Rural West Conference was held on April 5 & 6 in Park City, Utah. The gathering proved to be an engaging and interdisciplinary dialogue on the critical issues facing rural communities in the American West. Under the banner of Destination: West, this year’s conference focused on the legacies and contemporary implications of amenity migration in the rural American West. Over the two days in Park City, panels and keynote speakers addressed the topics of economics, politics, culture, and environment. 

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Exploring the Wasatch Front

We’d like to recommend a number of activities for panelists and attendees while in Park City and the Salt Lake City area. This year includes a large slate of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of the “golden spike” connecting the transcontinental railroad at Promontory Summit on May 10, 1869.

 

Readings: Rural Issues and “the Amenity West”

 

Commentary: Utah needs to reach across its urban-rural divide, Doris Schmidt, Salt Lake Tribune

The 3 Rural Americas, Richard Florida, CityLab

Natural Resource Amenity Service Values and Impacts in the U.S., Hill, Bergstrom, Cordell, and Bowker, Internal Revenue Service

Spatial Patterns of Migration and Income Change in the Mountain West: The Dominance of Service- Based, Amenity-Rich Counties, J. Matthew Shumway & Samuel M. Otterstrom, The Professional Geographer

Place Matters: Challenges and Opportunities in Four Rural Americas, Lawrence C. Hamilton, Leslie R. Hamilton, Cynthia M. Duncan, Chris R. Colocousis, Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire

Amenity Migrants' Alter Life In Resort Towns, Daniel Kraker, NPR

Sociocultural change facing ranchers in the Rocky Mountain West as a result of mountain resort tourism and amenity migration, Natalie Ooia, Jennifer Laing, Judith Mairc, Journal of Rural Studies

Re-creating the Rural, Reconstructing Nature: An International Literature Review of the Environmental Implications of Amenity Migration, Jesse B. Abrams, Hannah Gosnell, Nicholas J. Gill, Peter J. Klepeis, Conservation & Society

10 Reasons To Live (The Dream) In Park City, Utah, Rob Reed, Forbes

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.