Tag Archives: Rural

Role of the Arts in Rural Economic Development & Cultural Heritage Tourism

The arts – and artists – offer distinctive opportunities to enhance the personality of place. In this webinar from the Conservation Fund, learn how communities and individuals are using the arts in rural communities to customize destination planning, enhance gateways and infrastructure, create authentic attractions, develop and market festivals, and provide unique retail experiences. Register now... Read more

Making the Most of Main Street: Complete Streets & Walkable Communities

How do Complete Streets help communities achieve walkable main streets? What steps can advocates and practitioners take to revitalize their downtowns? Join the National Complete Streets Coalition and co-host America Walks to discuss these questions and more. This webinar will feature speakers from the City of Langley, Washington and Langley Main Street Association as they share their experiences developing and implementing Complete Streets on their downtown corridors. Speakers will explore examples of collaboration between public health and rural economic development,... Read more

Fostering Smart Growth in Rural Communities

The vitality of rural communities has become a focus of national debate as policymakers and stakeholders pursue strategies to create more jobs in rural areas. The success of these efforts will depend upon political will, capacity building and workforce development. In this Smart Growth Network webinar, Kendra Briechle of the Conservation Fund will explore how rural communities are fostering smart growth by investing in their downtowns, expanding transportation choices, creating economic opportunities and protecting the cultural and natural resources of... Read more

Access vs. Isolation: Preserving Rail Connectivity

As regional economies change over time, the demand for transportation facilities and services also evolves. This free webinar from the NADO Research Foundation will look at transportation impacts of the decline of coal production in Appalachia as an example to frame the issue of rail preservation for attendees from across in the nation, as well as within the Appalachian region. NADO will apply to offer 1 AICP CM credit for attending the webinar. Register now... Read more

The Place Value Economy: Growing Local Business through Economic Gardening

​Emerging from a program established 30 years ago in Littleton, Colorado, economic gardening has taken root as a powerful approach to support local economic development. Economic gardening focuses on “second stage” companies—those that are beyond the start-up phase—providing them tools and information to help reach new customers or expand into new markets. This Community Builders webinar will discuss the concepts, benefits, and strategies communities can use to strengthen businesses and highlight successful strategies for economic gardening in rural communities. Eligible... Read more

Rural Cooperative Development Grant Program

Rural Cooperative Development Grants ​(RCDG) improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting individuals or entities in the startup, expansion or operational improvement of rural cooperatives and other business entities. Grants are awarded competitively to Rural Cooperative Development Centers who in turn provide technical assistance to individuals and entities. Applications due May 26. Learn more and apply... Read more

Congress Is Making a Bipartisan Push for an Urban Development Tax Credit

Members of the House and Senate have moved to protect a program that gives tax credits to businesses that create jobs and other economy boosters in low-income communities. The U.S. Treasury’s New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program, which targets poor zip codes both urban and rural, has gained bipartisan support and many friends in both the urban development and business worlds since its implementation in 2000. Two new bills introduced last week — both called The New Markets Tax Credit... Read more
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