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March 19, 2012


University of Maine at Fort Kent Associate Professor of Electronic Commerce, Anthony Gauvin, has been invited to join a national “think tank” workshop, Exploring Capacity Building for Community Change, at the University of Cincinnati on July 22.

The focus of the workshop will be on rural community and economic development, and Professor Gauvin will present his research on using a community's capital for enabling rural sustainable development.

The workshop is hosted by the Community Change Network with support funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the BUSH Foundation, in cooperation with the Community Development Society.

The event is the result of a number of conversations, which have taken place over the last two years, across various platforms including White House staff, USDA, Community Development Society, university researchers, National Rural Assembly-Center for Rural Strategies, Networks United for Rural Voice, Rural Policy Research Institute, Regional Centers for Rural Development, State Rural Development Councils, Kellogg Foundation-Rural People Rural Policy Network, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bush (MN) Foundation, and the Community Change Network.

The Community Change Network was formed following conversations involving the White House staff and USDA, and others working in rural communities, about the need for a central resource to inform decision making around rural and urban policy development, research and practice to assist rural communities and urban neighborhoods, and to drive innovative change leading to community health and prosperity.

The workshop looks to share what has been learned from conversations and research thus far, and to develop steps to take it to the next phase. Three webinars will precede the convening.