Critical Role of Rural Development Organizations

Successful rural economic development often depends on the existence of rural development organizations with the vision and capacity necessary to affect positive, lasting change. Keeping It Rural 2015 featured several outstanding speakers from across North America who spoke on this important topic.


Rankin MacSween, President, New Dawn Enterprises (Nova Scotia)


Brian Depew, Executive Director, Center for Rural Affairs (Nebraska)


Rob Black, CEO, Rural Ontario Institute (Ontario)



The following documents provide details from three of the speakers’ presentations: