Innovators in Rural Community Economic Development


Presentations at the NGFN Food Hub Collaboration Spring 2014 Conference

Shanna and Jackie were delighted to participate in the NGFN Food Hub Collaboration Spring 2014 Conference from March 26-28 in Raleigh…

Getting out in the Community

Samantha and I recently joined our colleague, Matt Robbie from Skeo Solutions, to speak to an undergraduate class at the University of…

Tourism Planning in Helena, Arkansas

Earlier this month, I was back in Helena, Arkansas to facilitate a meeting to begin a process of thinking about tourism planning for Helena. I’m lucky to be working with David Brown of Solimar…

WealthWorks Article Published in Rural Research Report

The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs has published its Spring 2014 issue of Rural Research Report (Volume 24, Issue 1), featuring a paper by Melissa Levy, Senior Associate at Yellow Wood Associates,…

Urban Community Forestry – USFS Fiscal Year 2015 Grant Applications

This should be of interest to those of you working in community forestry. 
U.S. Forest Service Fiscal Year 2015 Urban and Community Forestry grants: 

Funding for Food-Related Co-ops

Here is an interesting potential funding source for food-related co-ops that can be used to improve organizational capacity as illustrated. 

The Bowers Fund: 

Nature Based Tourism - a Trip to Helena, Arkansas

I had the opportunity to visit Helena, Arkansas a few weeks ago as part of some work I’m doing with Walton Family Foundation…

Project Update: Biomass Boiler Installation at Oxford Schools

Investments in biomass pre-feasibility studies are starting to pay off. Two Maine schools that received pre-feasibility studies from Yellow Wood Associates in 2012 through the US Forest Service Wood…

Funding opportunities highlighted in the Rural LISC newsletter

Two funding opportunities highlighted in the January 2014 Rural LISC newsletter may be of particular interest to our colleagues.

From the newsletter: