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Sixth Eccles Family Rural West Conference, March 2018

Yakima River in Washington. Photo by Scott Butner via Flickr

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. 


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.