Western Canada’s rural communities are facing major economic challenges. In light of this, rural development practitioners need tools and strategies to assist their communities in the move to a long-term sustainable future. The future of rural economies lies in the development of rural businesses, businesses that bring new wealth to their communities. The strategy of development rural business clusters aligns with the move to diversifying and broadening an economic base, while creating a balanced and stable economy. For this reason, students will learn strategies to build upon a community’s comparative advantages and define business clusters that have the potential to grow and create more jobs and generate more wealth.
Students will develop a business cluster project throughout the course. As a western Canada rural development practitioner, you will find this course engaging and relevant to your daily work. It is interactive, with video conference learning events, discussion forums, face-to-face interviews and culminates in a rural business cluster project work plan for your region. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to interact and learn from each other.Course
Tuition: $750.00 (includes resource book
Enquiries: Contact Judy McMillan-Evans, Community Futures Network of Alberta (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Registration deadline: March 23, 2012
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