R2R 2024 is sold out!

April 19-20, 2024

Three Rivers Convention Center, Tri-Cities, WA

Registration is full for our 13th biennial Regards to Rural Conference, and the wait list is closed. Thanks to all who registered – we can’t wait to see you there! If you signed up for the wait list, we will be reaching out to you soon.

Regards to Rural is a unique event for community members and leaders throughout the Pacific Northwest and beyond to discuss rural priorities, explore innovative economic models, obtain tools to make change in communities, and inspire action to help pave the way to rural vitality. 

This year’s R2R features a rural funder panel, keynotes, a fireside chat, and networking opportunities. Breakout sessions are focused on collective leadership, rural support resources, innovative Main Street approaches, Latino engagement, economic development, resilience and energy, board diversity, rural policy, and more. Sessions will be geared toward providing practical tools for people to bring back and implement in their communities. The conference schedule and other information can be found on the event app. If you are registered for the conference, you will receive instructions for downloading the app so you can network with other attendees and keep R2R details at your fingertips. 

Join us to make meaningful connections and learn from other rural champions about:

    • Growing Equitable Economies and Entrepreneurship
    • Increasing Rural Access to Resources
    • Supporting Diverse and Inclusive Rural Leadership
    • Elevating Diverse Rural Voices
    • Exploring Rural Civic Engagement

Lodging Information

If you haven’t booked your lodging yet, Red Lion Columbia Center is offering a discounted rate for Regards to Rural. Reservations must be made by April 8 in order to receive the special rate. There are two ways to make a reservation:

  • Click here to book online. Verify that your check-in and check-out dates at the top of the screen are correct. Select the room you would like to reserve and enter in your information.
  • To reserve by phone, call the hotel directly at 509-783-0611 and press 0. You will need the Group Name (RDI’s Regard to Rural CB) and Group Code (RDIS0417).

Please note, room blocks at the Hilton Garden Inn and SpringHill Suites Kennewick Tri-Cities are sold out.

"Regards to Rural was diversity and inclusion in action; demonstrated, modeled. It is the way rural leads—by doing. In a world where we hear more about what divides us than unites us, we collectively demonstrated how rural does and learns DEI. Thank you RDI for bringing together so many peoples and points of view. Regards to Rural is what rural vitality looks like." ~ Regards to Rural 2022 Participant

Thanks to the following for their generous support of Regards to Rural 2024:

The Ford Family Foundation; Sherwood Trust; Roundhouse Foundation; Community Heart & Soul; Energy Trust of Oregon; Umpqua Bank; The Oregon Multifamily Energy Program (OR-MEP) from Oregon Housing & Community Services (OHCS); The Partners Group; USDA; Visit Tri-Cities, Washington; Benton Community Foundation; Pacific Power; Oregon State University Extension and Engagement