Wealth Creation in Rural Communities - a project of the Ford Foundation - publishes reports
Renewable energy and restructuring of energy distribution systems may offer low-wealth rural areas significant opportunities for creating wealth that sticks by meeting their own needs and by providing a valuable service to higher-wealth parts of their regional economies.
Wealth Creation in Rural Communities has been supported by the Ford Foundation since early 2008 in an exploration of a "wealth-creation" approach to rural economic development. The goal of Wealth Creation in Rural Communities is to create a framework for development that works economically, ecologically, and socially - making rural communities more economically competitive; preserving each region's ecological heritage; and drawing more people into the life of the community. It is hoped that this framework can help rural development practitioners craft strategies and create institutions that steward rural America's assets in more effective ways.
Read the reports, posted at www.yellowwood.org/wealthcreation.aspx.