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Western Governance and Policy

From booming Silicon Valley to remote mountain wilderness areas and small ranching communities, the West's diverse landscape encompasses important policy and economic development issues. The Center sponsors a number of research projects, conferences, and forums to discuss these issues. 

The Rural West Initiative

The Rural West Initiative explores issues of the less populated areas of the North American West – places whose natural beauty and heritage are matched only by the challenges they face.

Digital Health in the Rural West

As digital health practices expand, it is critical that we understand how to match a particular technology (from video conferencing to text messaging) to a particular health need.

Air Quality in Rural Areas

Our research seeks to identify ways to make rural populations –  vulnerable populations, in particular – more resilient to air quality deterioration.

State of the West Symposium

The State of the West symposium is a biennial gathering at Stanford to assess the economic and fiscal health of the American West.

Bill Lane Center Public Opinion Polls

The Bill Lane Center for the American West, together with YouGov and the Hoover Institution, conducts an ongoing series of public opinion polls of Californians on issues of the day.

Local Government Projects

The Bill Lane Center for the American West fosters collaboration among California cities and local governments through workshops and research initiatives.