Innovators in Rural Community Economic Development


In the face of what appears to be increasing economic and climate volatility, communities are increasingly trying to understand what steps they can take to be more resilient. One of the building blocks of resilience is social capital or the trust, relationships, and networks within a community and between one community and another. Yellow Wood’s work in community resilience and social capital includes assessment, research and tool development that can help take the mystery out of what makes a resilient community.

National Climate Assessment Rural Communities Workshop, February 2012, Charleston, SC

Shanna Ratner was an invited participant in National Climate Assessment Rural Communities workshop, which provided input for the Rural Communities chapter of the 2013 Synthesis of the National Climate Assessment.

Understanding Community Resilience and Identifying Existing Tools for Assessing Resilience

Yellow Wood worked with Susanne Moser, PhD to explore the issue of community resilience from the perspective of literature and key informant interviews with 25 rural development practitioners from around the country. They identified stages of community…

Understanding Community Resilience: Supplementary Interviews

Yellow Wood conducted a supplementary round of interviews exploring the issue of community resilience. These interviews were with representatives from MDC, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Danville Regional Foundation, Louisiana Disaster Foundation,…

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Becoming a Measurement Guide
Best Practices
Business Development
Capacity Building
Community Economic Development
Community Resilience
Custom Facilitation
Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis
Feasibility and Pre-Feasibility Studies
Focus Groups
Green Community Technologies
Informal Economy
Learning Communities
Learning Journey
Market Research
Natural Resource Based Economic Development
Nature Based Tourism
Participatory Research
Policy Analysis
See the Forest
Social Capital
Spatial Analysis
Strategic Planning
Sustainable Infrastructure
Systems Thinking
Tool Development
Water Resources
Wealth Creation
Wealth Works
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