Posted on March 14, 2012 by Naomi Finseth

With the theme “Regional Realities and Approaches” guiding the Creating Rural Connections 2012 Conference and Tradeshow, these and other questions will be explored through keynote speakers, presentations and posters, workshops and discussions, and panel sessions. Held from October 11 to 13, 2012 at Olds College in Olds, Alberta, the Alberta Rural Development Network is hosting this national conference in partnership with the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and Olds College.

With the theme “Regional Realities and Approaches” guiding the Creating Rural Connections 2012 Conference and Tradeshow, these and other questions will be explored through keynote speakers, presentations and posters, workshops and discussions, and panel sessions. Held from October 11 to 13, 2012 at Olds College in Olds, Alberta, the Alberta Rural Development Network is hosting this national conference in partnership with the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation and Olds College.

Call for Presentation deadline is  April 27, 2012

Throughout three days, the conference will examine how regions impact rural development. Specifically, how are regions defined geographically, culturally, and socially? What opportunities exist if we were to take a regional approach to rural development? What are the challenges? How can we make the most of our regions?

Presentations should focus on rural projects, programs, research, and lessons learned to provide participants with new ideas to adapt and apply to their own work or community. The goal is to present important and relevant information on rural regions that can be used to engage participants in meaningful and action oriented discussion. Presentations must fall into one or more of the following sub-themes:

Go Big or Go Home – Balancing Regional Costs and Benefits
Do We Really Suck at Collaboration? – Trust and Reciprocity
Finding the Silver Lining – Regions as a Resource
Construction Time! – Collaborative Creation of a Region

Click here for  the application form


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