Seventh Annual Eccles Family Rural West Conference

Destination: West
Fri April 5th 2019, 12:00 - 9:00pm
Park City Peaks Hotel, Park City, Utah

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.


Friday, April 5, 2019

Apr 5
12 - 1:15 pm

Registration and Welcoming Lunch

Introduction by David M. Kennedy


Keynote by Kirk Siegler

David M. Kennedy
Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University

Thomas Schnaubelt
Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University

Kirk Siegler
Keynote, Reporter's Notebook: Covering the Rural West

Apr 5
1:15 - 3 pm

Panel 1: Shifting Economics and Demographics: The Rise of Destination West

Don Albrecht
Western Rural Development Center, Utah State University

Jennifer Leaver
Gardner Policy Institute at University of Utah

Megan Nelson
The Nature Conservancy

Patrick Shea
University of Utah

Apr 5
3:15 - 4:45 pm

Panel 2: Newcomers and Old-Timers: Cultural Clash and Amenity Migrants

Justin Farrell
Yale University

Amy Joi O'Donoghue
Desert News

Carl Fisher
Save Our Canyons

Katie A. Eccles
Ray, Quinney & Nebeker

Apr 5
5:30 - 6 pm

Reception and Networking

Apr 5
6 - 7:30 pm

Dinner and Keynote

C. Hope Eccles
Advisory Council, Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University

Greg Thompson
University of Utah
Keynote, Park City: White Gold and the Emergence of the Amenity West

Apr 5
8 - 9 pm

Cancelled: Star Party Event

Hosted by The Consortium for Dark Sky Studies and the Stanford Club of Utah

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Apr 6
7 - 9 am


Apr 6
8:30 - 8:45 am

Reflections on Public Opinion in the Amenity West

David Brady
Stanford University

Apr 6
9:30 - 10:30 am

Panel 3: Public Policy and the Political Implications of Rural Migration

Dany Rumore
SJ Quinney College of Law at University of Utah

Flint Timmins
Utah Office of Tourism

Nan Groves Anderson
Utah Governor's Office of Rural Development

Bruce E. Cain
Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University

Apr 6
10:45 am - 12:15 pm

Panel 4: Environmental Considerations of Amenity Migration: Development and Land Use Policy in the Rural West

Steven Odell
U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon

Elizabeth Kitchens
The Nature Conservancy

Briana Swette
Stanford University

Craig Thomas
University of Washington

Apr 6
12:15 - 1 pm

Lunch and Closing Remarks

Bruce E. Cain
Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University

Apr 6
2 - 3 pm

Optional: Complimentary Guided Tour of the Alf Engen Ski Museum and the Eccles 2002 Olympic Games Museum

Location: 3419 Olympic Parkway, Park City