Rural communities

Posted on 8, Dec | Posted by

Making the most of rural-urban partnerships

A new report from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development explores how the changing relationship between neighbouring urban and rural areas crosses “traditional” administrative and political boundaries in economic development. The distinction between urban and rural is becoming increasingly vague as people live, work and play in areas that include both.  Although these areas have different assets, they often complement each other. Successful rural-urban partnerships can improve the provision of public services and increase growth opportunities and quality of life for people, helping these regions reach economic development objectives. Read the full blog post

Posted on 8, Aug | Posted by

13 ways to kill your community by Doug Griffiths

13 ways to kill your community

13 Ways to Kill Your Community

This book is written for small town residents with the desire to make a difference in their community, but who aren’t quite sure what to do, or feel they are isolated or alone in the challenges they face. The author, Doug Griffiths, traveled extensively throughout rural Alberta, as a Member of the Legislative Assembly, creating a rural development strategy for the province. Out of that experience he wrote “13 Ways to Kill a Community“, describing the power small communities have to change their future.

The reason for the ironic theme is that Doug found that rural communities tend to be their own worst enemies. Even though residents and community leadership have good intentions, they often take actions or adopt attitudes that hold the community back. Doug set out to map the attitudes and actions that undermine the development of communities and present them in a way that grabs the attention of the reader.

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