But Anne Kubisch says she sees the potential in rural communities, and wants others to start seeing it as well.
“I hope that people in Portland understand the vibrancy, the beauty, the nuances of rural Oregon,” says Kubisch, the president of the Roseburg, Oregon-based Ford Family Foundation. “We have to be careful that the perceptions of rural Oregon don’t fall into just stereotypes: the stereotype of the radical, libertarian, anti-government person, or the tree-hugging environmentalist.”
Kubisch says there is a movement among rural Oregonians to improve the economic health of their communities, and that effort needs support — not just from state policymakers, but from the general public. She spoke with OPB’s John Sepulvado.