WRDC Webinars


Rural Online Initiative
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Watch the presentation.
Additional resources:
Presentation Slides [PDF]
Why go remote? [Video]
Empowering Rural Utah through Remote Work [Video]
Documentary Film: Empowering Rural Utah Through Remote Work [Video]
Introdcution to the ROI Affiliate Program [Video]

Remote Work Certificate [Rural Online Initiative]
Amazon softens return-to-office policy; says remote work is fine[Bloomberg Article]

The WRDC's Western Extension Community Development Work Group welcomed Paul Hill, Program Director of Utah State University Extension's Rural Online Initiative, as their guest speaker. The Rural Online Initiative program provides specialized remote work training and certification to individuals for success in a rapidly changing economy.

Paul Hill, Extension Professor and Program Director, Rural Online Initiative, Utah State University Extension

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State Broadband Policies: What Impacts Rural Availability?
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Watch the webinar.
Webinar slides.
Additional resources:
Pew's State Broadband Policy Explorer
Daily Yonder article, "Research Report: States with Broadband Funding Program Have Better Access."

"A necessary aspect of rural economic development is adequate broadband," says WRDC Executive Director Don Albrecht. "The COVID-19 pandemic has made the relevance of broadband increasingly apparent as millions of people have worked and attended school from home. Unfortunately, broadband availability in much of rural America is completely inadequate. Brian Whitacre and Roberto Gallardo are nationally recognized experts on rural broadband issues and will discuss the relevance of state policies." 

This 20-minute webinar, followed by discussion and Q&A, will present recent research examining how various state level policies have affected rural broadband availability. Implications for Extension educators will be emphasized. This webinar will be based upon the presenters’ recently-published study on state broadband policy, "State broadband policy: Impact on availability." 

Brian WhitacreProfessor and Neustadt Chair, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University
Roberto Gallardo, Director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development and Purdue Extension Specialist 

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