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Starting Strong Rural Economic Development Planning and Assessment Guide

  • Date: January 2011
  • Author: Centre for Innovative and Entrepreneurial Leadership
  • Organization: BC Ministry of Regional Economic and Skills Development’s
  • Location: British Columbia
  • Entry: Guide

The Rural Community Economic Development Guide was commissioned by the RuralBC Secretariat to provide information and links to practical tools about community economic development. The guide was written by the Centre for Innovative and Entrepreneurial Leadership and funded by the Province of British Columbia.

This guide:

•Introduces some important concepts in economic development in general, and CED in particular (Section I).

•Provides an easy-to-score assessment so communities can begin to gauge their strengths and weaknesses in six key CED areas (Section II).

•Introduces more than 20 practical tools and strategies that have proven effective in CED (also in Section II).

•Provides a one-page summary of different tools and strategies that communities can use to determine their overall score and the CED approach that best matches that score (Section III).

•Links each tool to more web resources, case studies and best practices (Section IV).



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