Resources for Rural & Small Communities

A collection of resources related to PlanH action areas, with a rural and small community lens
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Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation (CRRF)

The Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation works to improve understanding of issues and opportunities that are of common interest to rural residents across Canada. Their members include rural leaders, rural organizations, development practitioners, government policy makers, researchers, students, and other stakeholders both in Canada and internationally.

Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute

The Rural Development Institute (RDI), at Selkirk College, is a regional research centre with a mandate to support decision-making by Columbia Basin-Boundary communities through the provision of information, applied research and outreach and extension support.

Community Development in the North

In this short article as part of UNBC's Northern Studies series, geography professor Greg Halseth talks about the importance of considering place and scale when engaging in community development and capacity-building processes.

Integrated Community Sustainability Planning: Implications for Rural BC (2012)

This research explored the extent to which rural areas are and should be engaged with sustainability planning, what that looks like in a rural context and if stakeholders feel a sense of engagement with urban and provincial sustainability goals.  The findings are important for local governments, planners and agriculture activists.

- Fraser Basin Council

Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC)

Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC) is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British Columbian communities. LIRN BC can bring trainers and facilitators to your community to deliver a learning event for residents. Visit their website for information on applying for support.

Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities Program Report - April 2013 Intelligent Community Forum

This report shares results from 11 communities in rural Minnesota that undertook assessment and planning to strengthen their information and communications technology. For local governments, business associations and planners.    

- Intelligent Community Forum   

Rural Health Information Hub (US)

The Rural Health Information Hub provides short, accessible, evidence based descriptions of a range of models, innovations and initiatives. Use this as a stepping off point to dig deeper or adapt the innovation into your own community.

- Rural Health Information Hub

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