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Issue Brief: Asset-Based Economic Development Strategies for Small & Rural Communities


Date Published: September 2013


This six-part series of briefing papers explores asset-based economic development, focusing on how small towns and rural communities can build on their natural and working landscapes, local institutions, existing infrastructure, historic and cultural resources, industry clusters, and human capital. A case study approach is used to explore specific assets in these papers to provide guidance to economic development professionals, local government managers and staff, and other stakeholders in small and rural communities looking to strengthen their local economies.

Keywords: economic development; case study; rural; rural areas; small towns and tribes; rural places; rural regions; small towns; rural; case study

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