The Western Rural Development Center is a regional catalyst for building capacity in the West. The Center works closely with its partners and stakeholders to develop valuable educational programming to build the capacity of the West's Cooperative Extension and Agricultural Research faculty, educators, and specialists by developing trainings that are relevant to the issues facing rural communities in the Western U.S.


Western Regional Coordinating Committee Annual Meeting
15 February 2015
Loews Ventana Cantana Resort
Tucson, AZ
We invite eligible Extension professionals, faculty, and researchers to join a Western Regional Coordinating Committee on Addressing the Rural Development Concerns of the Rural West (WERA1005) and to attend the committee's Tucson meeting 15 February 2015. Click here for details.

Preparing for Wildfires: Moving from crisis to opportunity
10-12 March 2015
Tucson Radission Suites
Tucson, AZ
This workshop will equip Cooperative Extension professionals and other community leaders with the tools needed to successfully face the challenges of living in wildfire-prone environments. National-level scientists and experts will help attendees think through all aspects and stages of fire – before, during, and after – in both urban and rural landscapes. Extension personnel will be invited to share their challenges and success stories. Information will be shared about the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and its goal of developing fire-adapted communities. The workshop will include two days of presentations and interactive discussions, a poster session, and an optional scenic and educational field trip to a community and forest recovering from wildfire. Learn more!

Extension Sustainability Summit
Fall 2015
Location to be determined
Portland, OR
In 2013 the Western Rural Development Center offered its first-ever Extension Sustainability Summit and based on participant feedback, it will be offered every other year. We are pleased to let you know that the 2013 conference chairperson, Roslynn Brain (Utah State University Sustainable Communities Extension Specialist), has once again agreed to head up the Summit. The planning committee is hard at work selecting dates and have decided we'll be holding the Summit in Portland, Oregon! More details coming in January 2015. In the meantime, take a look back at the 2013 Summit.