A new research paper from OFN member LISC demonstrates how intensive community development initiatives in two rural regions of California sowed the seeds of stability and revitalization for local people and places. Co-author and LISC senior research associate Patricia Voltolini explains why these findings are so significant, and what they can teach practitioners, policymakers, and local leaders about the imperative of investing in collaborative community-serving projects.

Despite the importance of rural community development, research on its impact has been limited. The report offers specific findings and related policy recommendations in housing, infrastructure, political leadership, capacity building, and equity between urban and rural areas. 

Learn more on LISC's blog.

Read the full report.

 

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