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WA Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference

Thanks for attending our first Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference!





We had 282 people join us across that state at eleven locations for this exciting and innovative conference for rural economic development.

It was an opportunity to make personal connections, share ideas, and learn from experts about how to solve complex challenges. Our keynote presenter, Becky McCray, a national expert in changing the entrepreneurial climate, joined us on a live webinar.

After interacting with Becky, local facilitators and experts shared information about the current status of the local ecosystem. An interactive session followed with engaging exercises specific to each region to will move communities forward in developing your own plan. We identified Assets and Barriers through an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Brainstorm and then worked on Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Action Plans. Feel free to download the forms posted on the Agenda Page for use in your community.

Here are the sites that participated:

  1. Chehalis in Lewis County
  2. Clarkston in Asotin County
  3. Colville in Stevens County
  4. Hartline in Grant County
  5. Odessa in Lincoln County
  6. Olympia in Thurston County
  7. Omak in Okanogan County
  8. Pasco in the Tri Cities:
    Benton -Franklin Counties
  9. Sedro-Woolley in Skagit County
  10. Sequim in Clallam County
  11. Stevenson in Skamania County
  12. Wenatchee in Chelan County

Here are some of the results from the survey:


Becky McCrayBecky McCray co-authored Small Town Rules: How Big Brands and Small Businesses Can Prosper in a Connected Economy, providing practical strategies to make communication and customer service with clients and consumers personal, relevant, and successful. She also writes the Small Biz Survival blog because she believes small town entrepreneurs have a lot to teach other businesses, and when local entrepreneurs prosper, they help their small town prosper, too.

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Krisan LeHew

awcAWC city elected officials will receive five (5) Certificate of Municipal Leadership credits for attending this event.
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