Regards to Rural:
Bridges Between Rural & Urban
Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20, 2018
Pre-Session on Friday, May 18
Red Lion Hotel Jantzen Beach, Portland, OR
You’re invited! Join with rural community and economic development experts, decision makers, funders, entrepreneurs, and people who care about and impact rural to discuss priorities, explore innovative economic models, share success stories, obtain tools to make change in your community, and inspire action to help pave the way to rural vitality.
The theme of this year’s conference is “Bridges between Rural and Urban,” and tracks include Revitalizing Rural Economies; Rural Leadership Networks; Resources for Rural Communities; and Elevating Rural Voices & Priorities. While the urban location may seem a curious choice, we chose it purposefully to support building those bridges. We are excited to bring rural voices, interests, and opportunities to urban, while also incredibly thrilled about the opportunity that hosting the conference on an island in the Columbia River holds for bringing together participants from both rural Washington and Oregon.
A goal of Regards to Rural has always been to strengthen and celebrate rural people, places, and economies, and this year we hope to also highlight our interconnectedness with our urban neighbors. For the first time at R2R, we will engage in dialogue with legislators and other decision-makers around key issues that affect rural; we will look to identify leverage points, raise the collective consciousness on the importance of rural, and make a business case for rural engagement and investment.
Early Bird registration rate: $275 (Ends March 15)
Registration for the two-day conference includes all sessions, plenaries, meals, and conference-related materials.
Join rural and small town business expert and author, Becky McCray, for the Friday pre-session: “Shift Happens: The BOLD Question Behind Rural Problems We All Face”
Cost of the pre-session is $45.