This section of our website is where you’ll find community development resources designed by RSP to improve the practice of participatory rural development by sharing what we’ve learned from our work across Central Appalachia. Every month, we post resources including those that help ground you in the concepts that guide our work, planning tools, and occasional case studies of what’s worked and lessons we’ve learned along the way. These resources are intended for people doing similar participatory community, organizational, or network development to bring about system change, particularly in rural communities. Sign up below to receive notification when we post a new resource.

A Look at Entrepreneurial Appalachia

Image of Appalachian Mountains; overlay text: Entrepreneurial Appalachia - Case Studies in evolving Economic Sectors

Throughout Appalachia, entrepreneurs are forging a new economic model — one based on local investment and local ownership — and their impact is already being felt in some of the Region’s evolving economic sectors, including energy, manufacturing, health care, and local food production. Prompted in part by Appalachia’s need for economic diversification, the Appalachian Regional […]

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Core Elements of a Network

In 2011, RSP set out to learn about networks of rural-based organizations that are using collective strategies to build local assets and create wealth that stays local. Their findings are detailed in the publication Rural Networks for Wealth Creation. The central themes we learned were the building blocks of a successful network. In the years […]

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Nonprofit Leadership in the Rural Southeast

When nonprofits in rural places receive far less funding per capita than their urban counterparts, they get have to get by doing more with less. Nonprofit leadership in these organizations bear the brunt of that stress. The Annie E. Casey Foundation wanted to understand the state of nonprofit executive leadership in the rural Southeast, so […]

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