Focusing in on Northern Development – JRCD Journal
The Journal of Rural and Community Development (JRCD) released a special issue, with 14 articles on diverse issues of ‘new development paths for communities in the sparsely populated north’. Each drawing on different disciplines and each providing different insights. In relation to Northern Development, specifically in Manitoba as we Look North, the Rural Development Institute and Rural Policy Learning Commons recruited experts, co-sponsored with the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce. The webinar Boom and Bust, presented by Chuck Davidson and Kristof Van Assche, is easily twinned with the JRCD article Exploring New Development Pathways in a Remote Mining Town: The Case of Tumbler Ridge, BC, authored by Greg Halseth, Sean Markey, Laura Ryser, Neil Hanlon, and Mark Skinne. Together these two provides approaches to boom and bust economies in the North. Furthermore, the webinar Investment Ready, presented by Ruth Mealy and Richard Pauls, can be viewed alongside the article Local Small Business Development in two Swedish Northern Rural Areas – A Matter of Synergy, Social Capital and Trust? authored by Anne Teresa Pierre, and Sustainable Destination Development in Northern Peripheries: A Focus on Alternative Tourism Paths, authored by Outi Marja Kulusjärvi. These provide an approach to business and entrepreneurial investment at the community level in Northern areas, along with examples of processes for investment such as alternative routes to where to invest to build capital.
The full journal issue can be found online.
Recordings of the webinars can be found on the RPLC Youtube channel and RDI website.