ERIC Number: ED458056
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Small Town Renewal Manual.
Over the last 2 decades, the loss of population and businesses in many small, inland, and remote Australian rural communities has intensified, largely because of the stress and uncertainty of volatile world commodity markets. This manual presents a range of survival and revival strategies that some communities have used to build resilient characteristics and take proactive renewal initiatives to improve their quality of life and economic opportunities. The manual is divided into three sections. The first section presents 14 information sheets from various development and community organizations in Australia, the United States, Canada, and South Africa. The second section provides a range of community and economic development tools that may be useful at different stages of the rural renewal process. They are presented in a linear fashion reflecting the common cycle of community change and renewal: community motivation and readiness assessment; community reflection and awareness; community planning; strategy assessment; project implementation; and evaluation, monitoring, and feedback. The final section summarizes resources useful in town renewal: key government programs that support local economic planning and development initiatives; national funding sources for small town renewal projects; Web sites and print and audiovisual resources relevant to small town renewal; nongovernment programs useful for program design and implementation; and relevant youth development programs. (TD)
Descriptors: Community Action, Community Attitudes, Community Characteristics, Community Development, Community Resources, Community Surveys, Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, Foreign Countries, National Programs, Quality of Life, Resource Materials, Rural Areas, Rural Development, Small Towns, Youth Programs
For full text: http://www.rirdc.gov.au/reports/HCC/01-043manual.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Barton (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia