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WA Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference

Rural communities across Washington are struggling with workforce development issues – from job preparedness for high school students to entrepreneur training to industrial manufacturing skills. WSU’s Rural Pathways to Prosperity partnered with the  Washington Governor’s Summit on May 31, 2017 inspiring 26 communities to connect with the central site at the Microsoft Campus. Over 855 people at the regional sites learned about new skills and along side 346 at the central site.

P2P uses a unique model to digitally deliver an expert keynote presentation to multiple sites across the state, followed by locally facilitated action plans and networking. P2P is a two-time national award winning program but more importantly, it is a statewide conference that allows more rural community leaders, businesses and members to work together and with resource providers without the expense of traveling to a traditional conference.

We have posted our documents (See 2017 Summit tabs to the left) that supported the regional sites prior to the conference and documents that share our successes and outcomes.

Contact for any questions:

Debra Hansen
WSU Extension
(509) 684-2588

Connecting multiple sites with technology; engaging local participants into action.


Past Participant Comments

“P2P was a great springboard to bring more economic development resources to our  rural communities.”

Clea Rome, WSU Clallam County Extension

“This was an exciting opportunity to bring different groups and agencies together to all work on small business solutions.”

Margie Hall, Director Lincoln County EDC

WA Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference, WSU Stevens County Extension, Colville, WA 98164, 509-690- 8400, Contact Us
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