Finding investment capital is a serious issue for many rural communities. Solutions may lie closer to home than we think. Rural communities in BC, Alberta, Nova Scotia, and the United States have demonstrated that when given the opportunity, rural residents want to invest in businesses in their communities.
For example, could Community Economic Development Investment Funds serve as a model for rural BC communities?
A BC Rural Centre - FarmWorks report suggests the answer is yes.
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Rankin MacSween underscores the importance of investing locally in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Key Links & Success Stories
BC Chamber - Mobilizing Rural Investment
What Is It About Sangudo? This Rural Town is Getting a New Lease on Life — Can Yours, Too?
Rural citizens investing in themselves in Creston
"Unleashing Local Capital" in Alberta
Nova Scotia's New Dawn marks $10 million raised for local investments
Creston & District Community Investment Co-op
Vancouver Island Community Investment Co-Op
Alberta Community & Cooperative Association's "Unleashing Local Capital" program
Nova Scotia's Community Economic Development Investment Funds
Reversing the Tide: Strategies for Successful Rural Revitalization (Coastal Enterprises Inc., Maine)
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corp. Case Study
The FarmWorks CEDIF - an Economic Overview Assessment
Mobilizing Rural Investment Capital
Investing in the Future of BC's Rural Communities: A Guidebook for Community Leaders
Enabling Community Investment Policy Brief (Vancouver Island Community Investment Co-Op)
Enabling Local Investing in Alberta: The Role of Community Economic Development Investment Funds
As more and more economic power flows to major urban regions and large cities, small towns and rural regions find it increasing difficult to find…