Featured Resources

  • Upcoming Webinar: Building Vibrant Local Economies by Connecting Regional Food Systems

    Posted on: May 1st, 2013 by Kathy Nothstine

    County and regional leaders are integrating food systems into economic development plans.  These efforts are reinvigorating rural economies to foster economic development connected to local, agricultural economies.  Join the National Association of Counties (http://www NULL.naco NULL.org/Pages/default NULL.aspx)(NACo) for a free...

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  • Youth with a Voice (Biddeford, Maine)

    Posted on: April 29th, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    Biddeford’s youth, including Victoria Eon pictured here at the city’s mills, have been an instrumental part of the city’s community development planning efforts. (Photo credit: Victoria Eon) Biddeford, Maine’s 2011 Downtown Master Plan (http://www NULL.heartofbiddeford NULL.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/10-329-Draft-Report-Revised-2-8-121 NULL.pdf) includes the words...

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  • Webinar Materials: Addressing Equity and Rural Poverty

    Posted on: April 17th, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    On April 16, NADO and PolicyLink (http://www NULL.policylink NULL.org) co-hosted the webinar “Addressing Equity and Rural Poverty:  The View from the Ground.” (https://vimeo NULL.com/64185036) The presentation highlighted the opportunities and challenges small towns and rural communities face in combating poverty...

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  • Youth with a Voice: Brownsville, PA

    Posted on: March 21st, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    Brownsville is located in southwestern Pennsylvania, along the banks of the Monongahela River.  In the 1970s and 80s, shifts in the steel industry resulted in job loss, outmigration, and community disinvestment. (Photo credit: BARC (http://www NULL.barcpa NULL.org/)) Brownsville (http://maps NULL.google...

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  • Youth With a Voice: Engaging Young People in Rural and Small Town Community Development

    Posted on: March 4th, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    Introduction In 1970, economist Albert O. Hirschman published Exit, Voice, and Loyalty:  Responses to Decline in Firms, Organizations, and States (http://books NULL.google NULL.com/books?id=vYO6sDvjvcgC&printsec=frontcover&dq=exit+voice+loyalty&hl=en&sa=X&ei=JJwnUeHeJaPx0wHt6YHYCQ&ved=0CDgQ6AEwAA).  In it, Hirschman outlines what he sees as three options available to individuals ensnared in a negative...

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  • Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design Issues RFP for Rural Communities

    Posted on: January 17th, 2013 by Kathy Nothstine

    The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD), a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (http://www NULL.nea NULL.gov/) and USDA (http://www NULL.usda NULL.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome), has issued a request for proposals to rural communities facing design challenges to host local workshops...

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  • Las Vegas, NM: A Place with a Past (and Future)

    Posted on: January 9th, 2013 by Brett Schwartz

    Hollywood Meets Main Street While most Americans may not have heard of the small town of Las Vegas, New Mexico (http://www NULL.lasvegasnm NULL.gov/), many have traveled there –at least in their imaginations – while watching major Hollywood blockbusters such as...

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  • Vibrant Rural Communities Case Studies Series

    Posted on: December 10th, 2012 by Brett Schwartz

    The NADO Research Foundation’s Vibrant Rural Communities case studies series highlights how rural regions and small towns across the country are growing local and regional economies and creating stronger communities. This series shows how small towns can leverage a wide...

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  • On the Right Track: Guthrie, Kentucky to Showcase its Transportation History

    Posted on: December 10th, 2012 by Brett Schwartz

    The Crossroads of the South Fifty miles south of Greenville, Kentucky (previously featured here), the Pennyrile Area Development District (PADD) (http://www NULL.peadd NULL.org/Default NULL.aspx) has been a partner in another transformative small town redevelopment project in Guthrie (http://guthrieky NULL.com/). ...

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  • “The Good Ol’ Days Are Back”: The Revival of the Potosi Brewery

    Posted on: November 30th, 2012 by Brett Schwartz

    ‘The Good Ol’ Days Are Back’ Located in Southwestern Wisconsin near the banks of the Mississippi River, Potosi (http://www NULL.potosiwisconsin NULL.com/) is known as the state’s “Catfish Capital.”  However, thanks to an innovative and community-led redevelopment project, this town of...

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