Reimagining the Rural West

Reimagining the Rural West


By Karen Schumacher


The Western Governors Association (WGA) has a new project that interferes with and disrupts how rural communities govern their towns and how they live, taking over local representation.


As the WGA continues to destroy our Republic by focusing on regionalism, concocting ideas and decisions between themselves without citizen involvement, deciding how rural citizens should be managed, and taking over rural economies, thanks to North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum, WGA now has a master plan.  Reimagining the Rural West (RRW) is a project that western Governors will cleverly disguise as beneficial for rural communities, but in reality, destroys rural sovereignty.  The first workshop on this “project” was held October 1, 2019.


As described in the introduction by WGA Executive Director Jim Ogsbury, RRW is built on three pillars, Opportunity, Connectivity, and Community.  It is a “quest” to provide solutions for “sustaining” rural communities.  Opening remarks about the project were given by Gov. Burgum starting at the 14:05″ mark, which was basically a verbatim of Agenda 2030.  One has to love his emphasis on “vibrant” communities and our gift of “free speech”, language right out of the United Nations (UN) playbook.  Mr. Burgum also referenced the need for workforce development by moving rural communities beyond “extraction” based economies towards “value added” services which adds to connectivity, another UN mantra.


Idaho is already on its way through the Workforce Development Council, promoting “policies that align workforce, education, economic development, and entrepreneurship to meet industry and employer’s workforce needs” and “provide greater levels of service to those with barriers to employment and in rural communities”.


Mr. Burgum’s value added agriculture promotion is also out of the UN as well as his belief in transportation connectivity in rural areas.   Bringing internet access to rural areas will successfully implement Agenda 2030 sustainable development goal 9.C.


Yup, don’t you worry rural folks, along with the WGA this guy has figured out and has every intention for coming in and “building a community” you will want to live in that is “safe, walkable, (and) have arts and entertainment”.

The next keynote speaker, Benjamin Winchester, is a sociologist who spoke to the “opportunity to solve issues with rural health and education, and build healthy, vibrant communities.”  He is all about changing your rural community.



For all rural Idaho communities, beware.  Local non-governmental organizations (NGO) will be used to implement this agenda in their partnerships with federal and state governments.  Watch for local NGO initiatives and state agencies that push health care, education, transportation, workforce development, economic development, and job creation.  The government is implementing UN Agenda 2030, they all work on the same issues, and your rural community is the target.  They first destroy the rural economy by removing its economic base for survival, then come in with their grand plan to reform its existence.


The workshop panel on transportation can be found here, and Strategies for Reimagining the Rural West can be found here.