A Hands-On Guide to Rural Wealth Creation

In the holiday crush (at least that’s my excuse), I missed a recent set of National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) reports that are well worth your time.  The title of Measuring Rural Wealth Creation captures it well. It examines new approaches to wealth creation which encourage communities to embrace eight different kinds of community capital:  individual, intellectual, social, cultural, natural, built, political and financial.   It provides guidance on what each concept means, and how to support it and measure it in real life, as opposed to an academic setting.  It’s a very helpful hands-on guide for rural leaders looking to embrace a more holistic approach to community development and wealth building.  It is also accompanied by a useful set of case studies of local wealth creation work in Alabama, Maine, and Minnesota.