FREE WEBINAR: Lessons in New Ruralism

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This session is aimed at planners interested in leading grassroots volunteer efforts in small towns and rural areas. Without the population density or professional staff of urban areas, small communities are often dependent on creative grassroots solutions for providing basic necessities such as food systems, support for those aging in place, children's programs, jobs and energy conservation. These solutions often bring together long-time residents with newer residents, generating new problem-solving ideas. The New Ruralism Initiative, a project of APA's Northern New England Chapter and Small Town and Rural Planning Division, is an on-line resource library on innovative locally-driven solutions to everyday problems faced by small towns and rural areas ( "Lessons in New Ruralism" was published in fall 2020 to provide an overview of twenty case studies and the lessons learned from them. This session will provide a brief overview of the New Ruralism Initiative, explore several successful case studies, and then focus on the lessons learned from twenty communities across the country as they developed creative ways to adapt to and succeed within today's economy while holding onto local values. These lessons are applicable to any grassroots project striving to improve livability in a small town or rural area.



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