WealthWorks Rural Economic Development Case Studies

Rural wealth creation is an approach to community and economic development that is demand-driven, focusing on market opportunities that capitalize on a community’s existing assets or underutilized resources. Wealth creation is intentionally inclusive, building lasting livelihoods for those who may not have been at the table before, and it supports local ownership and control of assets. This series of case studies examines how livelihoods are being improved and communities are undergoing development in a variety of sectors and rural places:

These case studies were produced by the NADO Research Foundation in partnership with local practitioners and regional WealthWorks Hub organizations.  The work occurred under contract to Region Five Development Commission through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

For more information on WealthWorks, including other case studies, how-to information, and opportunities to connect to regional Hubs who may be able to provide coaching or referrals, visit www.WealthWorks.org.

Also see the measurement guide and regional wealth creation case studies previously written by the NADO Research Foundation.

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Joe McKinney has served as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations since 2012. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Land of Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from 2003 to 2012. Under his leadership, Land of Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation in program areas including planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems. Joe has also held various other roles in city, county, association, and government management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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