Rural Knowledge Center

Rural Resources, Insights, and Collaborations by Aspen CSG and Partners

Funding Rural Futures: Call to Action

What it will take to make more flexible and responsive funding available to organizations serving low-income and persistent poverty rural regions?

Community and Economic Development Topics

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Communities Need Safe Drinking Water: A Rural Environmental Justice Case Study

This short case study has insights on what will it take for rural communities to drive their own clean water solutions and breaks down the structural challenges that keep rural communities from accessing clean water solutions.

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Building Funder Capacity to Work with Communities: A Rural Environmental Justice Case Study

This short case study has insights and tips on how funders are shifting gears to learn communities’ processes and practices, enabling more equitable partnerships and impactful projects that meet community needs.

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When Communities Keep Flooding: A Rural Environmental Justice Case Study

This short case study has insights and tips on addressing the causes and conditions contributing to flooding in rural places, as well as to envision and build thriving futures of equitable rural prosperity.

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Communicating for Connection: West Virginia Community Development Hub

This short case study has insights and tips on how rural development practitioners can move beyond neutrality and still communicate effectively with community members from across the political spectrum.

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Building Power Together: Sustainable Forestry and African-American Land Retention Network

This short case study has insights and tips on how communities that have been historically and systematically excluded can develop authentic and effective leadership that builds power to challenge the status quo.

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Translating Federal Opportunities into Local Resources: Ada Jobs Foundation

This short case study has insights and tips on how rural communities with limited staffing and resources can understand, prepare for, and compete for finite federal funds.

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Broadening Authentic Leadership: Student Action with Farmworkers

This short case study has insights and suggestions for how rural-serving organizations can effectively welcome and truly empower leaders from all backgrounds.

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A Common Bond: Issues and Responses in South Carolina’s Coastal Tourism Development

This paper represents effort by the Palmetto Conservation Foundation to bring issues in coastal tourism in South Carolina into focus.

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A Case Study of Brush, Colorado

This document contains a case study of Brush, Colorado, wherein researchers examined local community health through field research and qualitative surveys.

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The Changing Great Plains Economy: New Directions for Economic Policy

Paper examines the economic changes at work in the Great Plains.

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Overview of Change in America’s New Economy

Document serves an interim report of Phase 1 of the Great Plains Project.

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Rural Economic Strategies and the State Development Budget: Issues and Policy Options for the “New Texas”

Paper provides insights from 50 collected interviews with rural development administrators and practitioners in Texas.