Innovators in Rural Community Economic Development


EPA Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program

The EPA has invited communities to apply for technical assistance through the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program.

From the EPA’s announcement, this program intends “to help…

Food Hub Management Certificate Program at UVM Launches January 2015

The first Food Hub Management Certificate Program in the country will launch at the University of Vermont this January.  Yellow Wood is particularly excited about this program.  The program draws on…

Back in Helena – Meeting with Partners, Draft Tourism Development Strategy

For the third time this year, I was back in Helena, Arkansas, this time with Samantha. Upon arriving at Memphis International Airport, we rented a sensible car this time, and were off on Highway 61,…

Rally 2014 in Providence

Last year, I had the pleasure of presenting a half day seminar on our strategic planning and measurement process You Get What You Measure® at the Land Trust…

Grant Funding Opportunities this Fall – Cooperative Development Fund, Lake Champlain Basin Program

Looking for funding? Consider these two grant opportunities, both with deadlines this fall. The first grant opportunity is open to applications from food coops nation-wide. The second is open to those…

Working and Playing in Arizona’s Verde Valley

Samantha and I just returned from a quick trip to the Verde Valley in Arizona. This is an area of small, old western towns in the mountains of Arizona, including Cottonwood, Clarkdale, Jerome, Camp…

CEI Profile in Green Money Journal

This article, "CEI: Mastering the Heavy Lift of Rural Economic Development," profiles CEI, a highly successful rural CDFI (community development finance institution)…

Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center (BBTCAC) - Crowdfunding

The wonderful women of the Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center (BBTCAC), Sulynn Creswell, Judy Martin and Kristin Law, are at it again. They have…

Thoughts about the WealthWorks Framework: Building Relationships with Investors

Every so often I find myself thinking about the Wealth Works framework in new or expanded ways. I would like to share these thoughts with the Wealth…

2014 NACo Annual Conference Daily - writeup of Melissa's July 2014 Presentation

I'm looking forward to the full NACo County News writeup of the 2014 Annual Conference, but in the meantime I was delighted to read a writeup of several sessions in their Conference Daily - including…

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