Economic Development

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This Is What Capacity Looks Like: Building Development Muscle in Rural and Native Nation Communities

Nov. 30th, 2021, 3PM

It is often said that rural and tribal communities and organizations need more capacity to fully engage or solve problems in their regions. But what, exactly, equals “capacity”?

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Shared Prosperity: Building Power Towards an Equitable Rural Economy

Oct. 13th, 2021, 11AM

Building power and capacity within groups on the economic and social margins is a crucial component for strong, healthy and economically diverse rural communities.

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Investing in Infrastructure: Rural Strategies for Building and Maintaining Healthy Local Economies

Aug. 16th, 2021, 3PM

Download the Event Presentation: ROADS INFRASTRUCTURE EVENT PRESENTATION Speaker Resources American Society of Civil Engineers Resources 2021 Report Card for America’s...

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Rural Outdoor Recreation Economies: Challenges and Opportunities

Outdoor recreation is driving new opportunities for local communities in many rural places. See ways to do economic development differently with rural recreation economies.

Ground Truth from Rural Practitioners. Findings from a survey of US rural practitioners with insights on the characteristics, expertise and needs of rural-serving organizations.
Ground Truth from Rural Practitioners

Every day, organizations are working hard to improve the economy and livelihoods of residents in rural and tribal communities in...

Community Strategies Group Thrive Rural, Rural Development: A Scan of Field Practice and Trends, by Brian Dabson and Chitra Kumar
Rural Development: A Scan of Field Practice and Trends

What must happen for economic development to foster a more prosperous, healthier, equitable and environmentally sustainable rural America? This scan...

Equitable Recovery and Resilience in Rural America
Equitable Recovery and Resilience in Rural America

There are no easy solutions to the challenges facing rural America, but the pandemic and calls for racial justice have...

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Shelter in Rural Places: Facing Rural Housing Challenges in the Unfolding Pandemic

Sep. 22nd, 2020, 3PM

ROADS 3 HOUSING POWERPOINT Homes have become offices, schools, places of worship and our safe havens since the pandemic began....

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Our Essential Work: Immigrants and Rural Economies Weathering the Pandemic Together

Aug. 19th, 2020, 2PM

The YouTube video has English and Spanish subtitles. Click the CC box below the video for subtitles. El video de YouTube...

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Still Open for Business: Working with Minority-Owned Rural Firms through the Pandemic

Jul. 22nd, 2020, 2PM

STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS POWERPOINT Racially and ethnically diverse populations comprise 21 percent of rural America—but produced 83 percent of...

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Championing Rural Initiative: The Rural Development Innovation Group at Four Years

Over the past four years, the Rural Development Innovation Group has identified and highlighted what’s working in rural community and...

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Ratcheting Up Rural Response, Recovery and Resilience: Five Good Ideas for Philanthropy Right Now

Jun. 2nd, 2020, 2PM

We asked seasoned rural action leaders what they think could help the rural response to COVID-19 the most – especially ideas that might not be front and center on funders’ radar screens.