Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 8:30 AM PDT
Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 12:00 PM PDT

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Red Lion Hotel on the River - Jantzen Beach 
909 N Hayden Island Dr
Portland, OR 97217

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The Red Lion Jantzen Beach is offering a special room rate for conference attendees. Rates are subject to applicable tax which is currently 15.3% per room, per night, and is subject to change without notice. Kids 12 and under stay for free.

Single Rate (1 person): $155.00
Double Rate (2 people): $155.00
Triple Rate (3 people): $165.00
Quad Rate (4 people): $175.00

Click here to reserve your room at the exclusive Regards to Rural rate today.

Special rate ends Thursday, May 3, 2018.


Jessie Katon 
Rural Development Initiatives Inc. 
541-684-9077 x5 

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Join with experts in the fields of rural community and economic development, 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.

Registration for the two-day conference includes Saturday and Sunday sessions, plenaries, meals, and conference-related materials. Click here for more details.

A pre-session open to all will be held on Friday, May 18, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Cost for this additional session is $45.00. To add, look for the Pre-Session Registration section on the next page (directly above the T-Shirt purchasing).

  • Title: “Shift Happens: The BOLD Question Beind Rural Problems We All Face”
  • Presented by Becky McCray, Rural and Small town business expert. 
  • Description: What are our common challenges in rural communities? Is it the loss of young people? Lack of volunteers? No funding? Missing out on opportunities? Downtown is dying?
          Now, what are the real challenges underlying all of those? What if we missed a major shift that affects all of these? There's one underlying factor that leads to the loss of young people, lack of volunteers, our dying downtowns and all the rest: we're too closed to new ideas. We're trying to navigate our way into the future using the same old procedures that we inherited from the past. Young people feel shut out, so they move. New volunteers feel marginalized and forced into existing structures, so they stay home. Complex problems force us to build ever more complicated organizations and structures to face them. Do you see a pattern? Together in one afternoon, we're going to use this insight to reshape the future of our towns into being open to new ideas, prosperous, moving forward and Idea Friendly.

An "invite only" pre-session for foundations will be held on Friday, May 18, 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Presented by Deb Markley (Center for Rural Entrepreneurship) and Janet Topolsky (Aspen Institute). Cost for this additional session is $35.00. If you have not received an invitation and have questions please contact r2r@rdiinc.org.

Promo Codes

If you have a Promo Code be sure to enter the code in the available text box and click "Apply." If you do not click "Apply" the code will not work.


Select information from your registration will be included in a master directory. This directory will be available to all participants. Information to be included: Name, Organization, City, Email, and Phone Number

Event Photography:

By registering for this conference, I hereby grant permission to Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) to use my photograph on its website or in other printed publications without further consideration, and I acknowledge RDI's right to crop or treat the photograph at its discretion. I also acknowledge that RDI may choose not to use my photo at this time, but may do so at its own discretion at a later date.

Habla Español?

¿Prefiere registrarse en español? Favor llamar a Maria Verano al teléfono (541) 684-9077 extensión 1. Con ella se podrá registrar y le podrá contestar cualquier pregunta que tenga.

Algunas sesiones serán traducidas al español dependiendo del interés de los participantes de habla hispana.

For Sale: Rural Love T-Shirt

Add a Rural Love t-shirt to your registration for $15 and we'll have it waiting for you at the conference. Choose your size on the next page and pick up your t-shirt at the registration table at Regards to Rural.