2018 International Comparative Rural Policy Summer Institute

2018 International Comparative Rural Policy Summer Institute
  Each year, graduate students and faculty from the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development participate in a two-week summer institute focused on comparative rural policy. The 2018 edition of the International Comparative Rural Policy Summer Institute will be held in Tuskegee, Alabama from June 24-July 7, 2018. An introductory session for students interested in learning more about the 2018 International Comparative Rural Policy Summer ...

Community Development Tools for Advancing Recreation

Community Development Tools for Advancing Recreation
  On March 1, Dr. Gibson delivered a presentation to the Recreation Connections Manitoba Conference in Winnipeg outlining how community development tools could be used to advance recreation in both rural and urban communities. The presentation focused on photovoice, asset-based community development, and social network analysis. Each of the three community development tools were explored through recent community development initiatives in Manitoba,

Understanding Rural Wealth

Understanding Rural Wealth
Rural areas are places of wealth, however, wealth is increasingly mobile. How do rural communities tap into this wealth and to encourage the wealth to be place-based? Over the past two days, over 70 community representatives in two regions of Ontario gathered to discuss rural wealth, intergenerational transfers of wealth, and strategies for rural revitalization and development. The Rural Ontario Institute hosted forums in Fergus (February 1) and Cobou...

Community Wealth Forums in Rural Ontario

Community Wealth Forums in Rural Ontario
How can rural communities create long standing public benefit from individual legacies? The Rural Ontario Institute is hosting two forums to explore how philanthropy can be utilized to sustain and revitalize local communties. The forums will be an opportunity for non-profit organizations to exchange experiences and learn from one another about how to connect local philanthrophy with community priorities. For financial planners, municipal staff, and commu...

Collaboration For Success: Trends in Regional Economic Development

Collaboration For Success: Trends in Regional Economic Development
  Communities throughout Ontario are seeking new economic development directions to support sustainability and revitalization. These new directions need to be built on local and regional assets and an understanding of economic development trends. The Corporation of the Town of Kingsville Tourism and Economic Development Committee hosted an two-day conference to explore these topics. Dr. Gibson shared lessons on the future trends in regional econ

Building Economic Sustainable Communities and Regions

Building Economic Sustainable Communities and Regions
  On November 1, 2017, representatives from Town of Minto, Township of Mapleton, Township of Wellington North, the County of Wellington gathered in Drayton to discuss opportunities for joint economic development initiatives. Building on previous meetings, workshop participants identified recent positive changes that have been noticed in the region. Dr. Gibson shared perspectives on the future of regional economic development from across Canada a...

The Future of Rural and Manufacturing in Renfrew County

The Future of Rural and Manufacturing in Renfrew County
  Over the past 20 years manufacturing has changed dramatically. Natural resource industries continue to have cycles of boom and bust and globalization has changed the way in which manufacturing is done. Given these changing dynamics, how do regions better understand the extent of skill shortages in manufacturing in Renfrew County and how do we address struggles that manufacturers in Renfrew County have expressed finding the skilled workforce they ...

Community Development Tools for Recreation

Community Development Tools for Recreation
  Community development and recreation can be thought of as strange bedfellows. At the recent On the Hunt for Quality Recreation conference brought together community leaders, community-based organizations, and government representatives gathered to discuss these topics. Dr. Gibson shared three community development tools with conference delegates: photovoice, asset-based community development, and social network analysis. A copy of the presentatio...

Implications of Changing Workforce and Demography

Implications of Changing Workforce and Demography
  Rural regions throughout Canada are grappling with how to plan for changing demographic dynamics, particularly as it relates to labour force development. Dr. Gibson participated in two sessions focused on workforce development and rural demography in rural regions at the recent 2017 Columbia Basin Symposium. The first panel presentation focused on changing rural demographic in both Canada and the Columbia Basin-Boundary region of British Columbia...

Gibson Presents at All the Right Ingredients Conference

Gibson Presents at All the Right Ingredients Conference
  What are the critical challenges and opportunities confronting rural areas? How can food and beverage producers, community leaders, and businesses support and build vibrant rural places? The ‘All the Right Ingredients’ Summit brought together leading agricultural producers, restaurants, local government leaders, nonprofit/voluntary organizations, and business/economic development organizations in Exeter on October 10, 2017. Dr. Gibson provided...