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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.

State of the West Symposium

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

Local Government Projects

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

Bill Lane Center Public Opinion Poll

The Bill Lane Center for the American West conducted a poll of adult Californians, which sought their opinions in advance of the statewide primary in June 2018.