Community Development: What's Best for Rural Communities?
"Community development today is a multidisciplinary exercise that challenges us to think holistically about how housing relates to jobs, educational opportunities, transportation, health care and other services and amenities." These words, written by Elizabeth Duke (governor of the Federal Reserve System) in the forward to Investing in What Works for America's Communities, are true for all communities across the United States, including those in rural areas. Striking the balance between community engagement and sustainable enterprise can be difficult, and even more so in rural communities where populations are small and local leaders play multiple roles. Strong leadership is needed to analyze local dynamics, support a visioning/planning process and make use of community assets to prevent local disinvestment. This article examines what's needed in rural communities and highlights some key guiding principals for rural communities to consider. Read the article
SOURCE: The Institute for Comprehensive Community Development