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Rural West Conference, March 2015


This year's conference will be 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. This year's conference theme is "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 will address 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?

More information is available at the conference website: