Rural Engagement and Vitality Center

Rural Engagement and Vitality

Cultivating vibrant and prosperous rural communities in Eastern Oregon

Partnering for Success

The REV Center is a joint venture of Eastern Oregon University and Wallowa Resources. Designated as Oregon’s Rural University in 2018, EOU has a long tradition of serving rural students and has identified as a goal in its strategic plan the aim to promote prosperity and resilience in rural communities.

As a regional leader in empowering rural communities to create strong economies and healthy landscapes, Wallowa Resources provides steady guidance and support to reach our vision of vibrant and prosperous rural communities across eastern Oregon. Eastern Oregon University and Wallowa Resources work closely together to oversee the REV through a joint advisory committee.

Contact the REV Center

Grace Donovan
Executive Director
Rural Engagement & Vitality Center


Contact REV to get involved!

  • Find out about Applied Learning opportunities at EOU
  • Apply for internships.
  • Learn about rural communities in eastern Oregon.


We can further your project or research!

  • Connect with a regional partner to integrate research or projects into your courses.
  • Connect with paid contracts for projects in the eastern Oregon region.


How can the REV Center support your work?

  • Connect with potential interns and EOU faculty.
  • Collaborate with partners to respond to regional challenges.

See the Business Support Network and our Workforce Housing Initiative for examples of current projects.

Project highlight: Workforce Housing

Any discussion of workforce development eventually leads to a common challenge facing our communities across eastern Oregon – the shortage of housing.

Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD), the Eastern Oregon Workforce Board (EOWB), and the REV are currently collaborating to host a series of events to inform, inspire and take action toward resolving shortages of suitable workforce housing in the region.