First Nations Health Authority and Rural Coordination Centre of BC sign Memorandum of Understanding 

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc) signed a Memorandum of Understanding in late 2019 at the FNHA’s Northern Regional Gathering in Prince George. The MOU formalizes the commitment of both organizations to work collaboratively to improve health outcomes for BC’s First Nations and non-First Nations populations living Continue reading


$50M available from B.C. government to improve rural Internet

The Province is now ready to accept applications from rural communities wishing to access some of the $50 million earmarked in the spring of 2019 to be used to connect rural, remote, and indigenous communities to high-speed internet, as highlighted in this post from CBC.   It’s easy to forget the internet isn’t everywhere, yet Continue reading


Keeping It Rural Conference Coming in October!

Struggling to attract and retain young people to and in your rural community? Wondering how to convince doctors to stay and practice in your town or region? Do you wish your hometown had the capital to support exciting startups and support local businesses wishing to expand?Then do we have the conference for you — Keeping Continue reading


Workforce & Resident Attraction Strategies Webinar

Do you live in a beautiful, unique spot in B.C.? Or maybe your community has a budding industry or development opportunity and you’re finding it hard to get the word out there or to attract new entrepreneurs, specialized workers and families? Every rural community has assets and lifestyle options that make them attractive places to Continue reading


From Conflict to Collaboration: the Tla’amin — Powell River Experience

The coastal town of Powell River shares several similarities with other rural communities in BC. Powell River was established and grew next to a historical First Nations community – in this case on the traditional territory of the Tla’amin Nation.  The town’s economic growth and expansion was primarily due to a heavy reliance on the forest industry.  And Continue reading


Webinar: First Nation-Municipality Collaboration — the Tla’amin Nation & Powell River Experience

Webinar: Tuesday, June 25, Noon Pacific The coastal town of Powell River shares many similarities with other rural communities in BC. Powell River was established and grew next to a historical First Nations community – in this case on the traditional territory of the Tla’amin Nation.  Its economic growth and expansion were primarily due to a Continue reading


Future food

Future Food: Getting Beyond the Energy Blindness of Techno-Utopianism

(The following is adapted from The Future is Rural: Food System Adaptations to the Great Simplification, by Jason Bradford.   How’s this for a party-stopper: Contrary to the forecasts of most demographers, urbanization will reverse course as globalization unwinds during the 21st century. The eventual decline in fossil hydrocarbon flows, and the inability of renewables Continue reading


One Maine Town Tees Up New Economic Development

Biddeford, Maine, saw a dramatic economic turnaround after the Orton Foundation’s Community Heart & Soul program helped shape the town’s Master Plan. Biddeford’s Economic Development Director, Daniel Stevenson, talks about how having a solid road map opened the door for $78 million in new projects downtown, including a hotel, new businesses, apartments, and shops.   Continue reading