From wheat to wind farms – The public is invited to discuss mid-Columbia’s strategic industry transition and consider how the wind industry has changed the economic landscape throughout the Gorge.

Thursday, May 27

5:30pm reception/6:30pm show

Following the show an open forum will be facilitated for comments, questions and further discussion about resources in the region. 

Civic Auditorium-323 East Fourth Street-The Dalles

Limited seating. First come, first seated

THINK OUT LOUD, OPB’s daily radio conversation about news and issues, brings its show to The Dalles to look at how the mid-Columbia counties have shifted economic industry from wheat to wind farms. Hosts Emily Harris and David Miller will lead a discussion on how wind energy is impacting county revenue, employment in construction, engineering and higher education throughout the region.  

Residents are invited to join the audience for a recording of the show on Thursday May 27. The show airs Monday May 31 at 9am and 9pm on the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting Radio.

This THINK OUT LOUD discussion is part of the Rural Economy Project, a collaborative effort with OPB and The Rural Development Initiative (RDI) Sustainable Northwest (SNW) and The Oregon Consortium/Workforce Alliance (TOC/WA).   The project is aimed to increase visibility of rural issues and provide valuable resources for employment and small business development. OPB has partnered with Oregon’s leading organizations to foster relationships, provide information and build an on-line community resource center at

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 run through the summer with conversations in The Dalles and then on to Southern and Eastern Oregon. The project is supported by funding from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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