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    WERA Meetings

    About the Western Extension Research Activity (WERA 1005)

    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.  

    This western regional coordinating committee (WERA1005) will convene around the Western Rural Development Center’s three priority areas. This activity provides an opportunity to bring Extension professionals, faculty, researchers, community leaders, and policy makers together to better understand these issues and develop programs to address them.


    WRDC Priority Areas:

    • Enhance Human Capacity through People-based Rural Development
    • Create Vibrant Rural Economies through Place-based Rural Development
    • Promote Sustainable Natural Resource Development

    NOTE: You will be sent an email with instructions on how to register for the meeting once we receive notification that you have joined this coordinating committee in NIMSS. If you are already a member of this committee, we will email the registration information to you.


    The WERA Regional Coordinating Committee will work together to:

    • Develop funding proposals to conduct research to better understand the critical rural development concerns described below. Research results will be published in professional journals, policy briefs, WRDC publications, and through other means.
    • Initiate appropriate and needed educational and training programs and deliver these programs via direct training, webinars, policy briefs or other means to community residents and leaders, extension personnel and others.
    • Make informed policy recommendations based on research findings and communication with community leaders.


    The WERA group will work to:

    • Develop cutting edge research focused on better understanding the unique challenges and opportunities for rural development in the West.
    • Strengthen multistate research and Extension teams.
    • Disseminate Extension curricula to meet the needs of rural communities and residents in the West.
    • Disseminate research findings and outreach materials to land grant institutions and rural communities via policy briefs, web based training, conferences, and professional journals.
    • Deliver training and technical assistance via WRDC activities to Extension, federal, state and local community audiences.
    • Catalyze new relationships between land-grant faculty and rural development partners throughout the Western region and nationally. Relationships could include joint conferences, joint research conferences, policy analysis and recommendations, or joint curriculum development and delivery.

    How to Participate

    To attend the annual meeting, you must first join this WERA by submitting Appendix E using NIMSS.

    Click here for NIMSS details.