Strengthening the economy of Oregon’s rural communities is the focus of a conference at Oregon State University scheduled for June 24 and 25.
The Regards to Rural conference brings together service providers, business and civic leaders, educators, researchers, volunteers, policymakers and funders.
Ben Hewitt, the author of “The Town That Food Saved: How One Community Found Vitality in Local Food,” and Tom Stearns, the founder of High Mowing Organic Seeds, are the scheduled keynote presenters. John Allen, who was raised on a ranch in Baker County and is the dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Utah State University, is to deliver a closing keynote speech about people making a difference in their rural communities.
The conference venues are the LaSells Stewart Center and the CH2M HILL Alumni Center on the OSU campus. The cost is $279 for both days, or $175 for June 24 and $150 for June 25. More information on the conference, speakers and registration is available at http://r2r.rdiinc.org.