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An Interdisciplinary Forum for Rural Western Concerns

Jun 6 2018

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Scenes from the 2018 Eccles Family Rural West Conference in Yakima

The conference was held on March 23-24, 2018 in Yakima   Geoff McGhee and Vladimir Choloupka

Many of the same issues that were present in the rural American West 100 years ago are still present today, observed David M. Kennedy, co-founding Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Particularly in regard to access to transportation, education, communications, and healthcare, Kennedy said, “there are a whole host of issues that are urgent in the rural American West.”

To that end, the Center's sixth annual Eccles Family Rural West Conference in Yakima provided an engaging, interdisciplinary forum to explore potential solutions to those problems. Under the theme of collaborative governance, this year’s event focused on how different actors – governmental and non – can work together to craft solutions to issues like water allocation, wildfire management, and rural health.

The Center is pleased to present a video recap of the conference produced by Phillip Polakoff, a Center affiliated scholar and the videojournalist Vladimir Choloupka. The complete conference proceedings and a longer description of the panels will be available in the coming weeks. The next Rural West Conference is planned for the spring of 2019.


Click to play the video.   Phillip Polakoff and Vladimir Choloupka


Learn more about the Rural West Initiative and Eccles Family Rural West Conferences »


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