As rural Oregon’s economy changes – what does it mean for small towns in the future? How will they change? And what needs to happen to keep young people living in them?

Wednesday, June 23
Cave Junction
Wild River Pizza and Brewing Co.
249 N Redwood Hwy
Cave Junction OR 97523
Time: 6pm reception/7pm show
Limited seating – first come, first seated

Thursday, June 24
Invited guest to local kitchen table

THINK OUT LOUD, OPB’s daily radio conversation about news and issues, brings its show to Southern Oregon to talk to local residents about the how rural communities adapt and grow in a tough economy. Will young people stay in the area and become entrepreneurs? Will the service industry outpace the natural resource economy? Hosts Emily Harris and David Miller visit Cave Junction to talk with residents, business owners and regional economists on the future of Southern Oregon’s rural economy. 

Residents are invited to join the audience for the live taping of the show in Cave Junction on Wednesday June 23. Thursday TOL will sit family style at a local kitchen table to get the inside scoop from recent grads to young entrepreneurs. The shows will air the following days, respectively at 9am and 9pm on the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting radio and on-line at 

This THINK OUT LOUD discussion launches a joint effort by OPB and community partners in the Rural Economy Project. At nearly 11 percent, Oregon’s unemployment rate is among the highest in the nation. Rural counties are especially hard hit with unemployment rates as high as 18 percent. Individuals and business in these rural areas are the focus of the Rural Economy Project in conversations around the state.  TOL kicked off the series in April and will continue through the summer on-line and in communities in Eastern Oregon. 

About the Rural Economy Project
The Rural Economy Project is an initiative led by OPB in collaboration with community-oriented organizations, Rural Development Initiative (RDI) Sustainable Northwest (SNW) and The Oregon Consortium & Oregon Workforce Alliance (TOC/OWA) to raise visibility on rural issues and provide critical resources for employment, business development and networking opportunities on-line at Funding for the project is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

About OPB
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