• Research, Evaluation, and Best Practices

Issue Brief: Defying the Odds: Sustainability in Small and Rural Places


Date Published: September 2013


This briefing paper offers short case studies and lessons derived from a minority of small communities who made strides protecting the environment despite the odds against them. A number of themes emerge including the role of sustainability in promoting local economic competitiveness and community revitalization, the benefits of regulation and municipal utilities in promoting change, entrepreneurial leadership from local officials, and the importance of regional networks for information exchange.

Keywords: asset-based; economic development; case study; economic development; tribes; rural

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