Friday, November 23, 2012

Save the dates! Attracting and retaining young adults to rural communities conference

Probably the most frequent issue I hear voiced at the community level is the concern about how to attract and retain young adults to settle in rural areas.  So, I've decided to pull together some people to help host a National Conference on that topic. Working with Dr. Terri McDonald (BC Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development at Selkirk) and community partners in Golden (Golden Area Initiatives) we want to announce to everyone that shares an interest in this topic to save the dates on your calendar and share widely with others!


Rural Resurgence : Innovative Solutions for the Attraction and Retention of Young Adults

June 11-14, 2013

In Golden, BC

The event will bring together a mix of individuals ranging from researchers from a variety of disciplines that have studied interventions, to communities that have piloted innovative projects and governments that have supported initiatives.  The event will be infused with the voices of young adults who will give their opinions on what attracts them to rural areas.  It will not be a regular conference, but designed in a way to provide opportunities for sharing and exchange so that everyone leaves with new insights and ideas to address this concern in their own context.

We are also gearing up for sponsorship and partners for the event. If this is something you would like to be a part of and support, please contact Nicole Vaugeois at VIU (nicole.vaugeois at viu dot ca) for more information.  Our website is just being designed right now but keep posted here for more information and when ready, we will post more details on the event.

1 comment:

  1. From our own experience in rural northeast Thailand at Gecko Villa (, surely the focus should be on creating sustainable local employment commensurate with local skills and knowledge, allowing the region to retain its young adults and avoid migration to the cities. Suitable indigenous initiatives will encourage locals to remain, and avoid the need to attract young adults into an area with which they are not familiar. The concern should be to retain the local populace, rather than attracting outsiders in!