Discussing the Future of Rural Economic Development at OGRA

Discussing the Future of Rural Economic Development at OGRA
Communities across rural Ontario are exploring new strategies for economic development opportunities. In partnership with the Ontario Good Roads Association, rural planning and development students in the economic development course discussed the future of rural economic development with over 150 municipal leaders from across Ontario. Building on Michael Fenn's report on the six megatrends impacting rural Ontario, students facilitated a series of small gro

Gibson and Weeden highlight rural infrastructure research initiative in OGRA Milestones magazine

Gibson and Weeden highlight rural infrastructure research initiative in   OGRA Milestones magazine
A new research initiative aimed at investigating the influence of rural communities' capacity to respond to infrastructure challenges on their immediate and long-term economic development potential is underway. Dr. Ryan Gibson is the lead investigator of the project, which includes researchers and policy experts from across Canada, including University of Guelph PhD student Ashleigh Weeden. Funded through the research partnership program between the Ont...

Weeden shares research on rural innovation at 2019 ERSA/OECD Winter School in Trento, Italy

Weeden shares research on rural innovation at 2019 ERSA/OECD Winter School in Trento, Italy
On January 24, 2019 Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Student, School of Environmental Design & Rural Development) presented her early-stage research on place-based rural innovation systems at the 2019 European Regional Science Association's (ERSA) Winter School, co-hosted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Trento, Italy. The 2019 ERSA/OECD Winter School was themed around spatial productivity and local development and Ms. Weed...

Weeden shares insights about rural innovation with Community Foundations of Canada

Weeden shares insights about rural innovation with Community Foundations of Canada
Ashleigh Weeden (PhD Student, University of Guelph) shared insights on rural innovation and community story-telling with the Community Foundations of Canada's Rural Philanthropy Learning Community during an intensive webinar on January 10th, 2019 alongside Arthur Bull from the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia. The webinar focused on rural innovation, the role of philanthropy and its connection to resilient rural communities. For more informat...

Congratulations to Alex Petric for Defending his Thesis

Congratulations to Alex Petric for Defending his Thesis
  Congratulations to Alex Petric for successfully defending his Master of Science in Rural Planning and Development thesis titled "Beyond the Smart City: Accessing Open Data in Rural Ontario". Alex's research explored if rural Ontario municipalities were current pursuing, or interested in pursuing, open data initiatives. The electronic version of the thesis will be available shortly - check back soon!

Reflections from Regional Forum on Newcomer Integration

Reflections from Regional Forum on Newcomer Integration
On November 30th, the Regional Forum on Rural Newcomer Integration was a great example of a region coming together to improve newcomer integration throughout rural communities. The Regional Forum focussed on equipping employers with the knowledge and tools to be effective in attracting and retaining newcomer employees. The room was full of municipal staff looking to support employers, employers who had previously been successful at newcomer integration to

Congratulations to Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to Scholarship Winners
The Ontario College of Agriculture at the University of Guelph recently celebrated the achievements of students. Congratulations goes out to the following: Mallory Smith (2nd year Rural Planning and Development student) for receiving the Rural Planning Travel Grant and the Rural Planning and Development Alumni ScholarshipTimothy Hunting (2nd year Rural Planning and Development student) for receiving the Rural Planning Travel Grant ...

Weeden selected for 2019 ERSA/OECD Winter School in Trento, Italy

Weeden selected for 2019 ERSA/OECD Winter School in Trento, Italy
Ashleigh Weeden, a PhD Student in the Rural Studies program, has been selected as one of 25 emerging scholars from around the world to participate in the 2019 ERSA/OECD Winter School at the Trento Centre for Local Development in Trento, Italy in January 2019. As a highly competitive intensive program, the ERSA Winter School, in collaboration with the OECD Spatial Productivity Lab, provides PhD students and young researchers with the very latest advances...

New Publication: Philanthropic Organizations to the Rescue?

New Publication: Philanthropic Organizations to the Rescue?
  What if communities had an alternative source of funds to facilitate service delivery? Could these funds compensate for the challenges confronted related to large distances and low densities? Would the chronic challenges of service-withdrawal from the abdication of provincial and federal governments be overcome? How would access to alternative funding change the dynamics of rural sustainability, if at all? These are the questions Dr. Ryan Gibson'