Economy and Public Policy

The Rural West Initiative

The Rural West Initiative aims to create a unique collaboration between journalists and scholars to investigate the forces transforming the rural West.  We are generating reports and stories ourselves and are commissioning more from reporters and academics across the West. Our work uses extensive data visualization as well as text, video, and still photography to tell our stories. To further invigorate a wide-ranging public conversation, we are partnering with a number of publications and websites, some old, some young, who are talking about the state of the rural West and its prospects for the future.


Spencer F. & Cleone P. Eccles Family Foundation