Forest Communities

Second Growth: Community Economic Development in Rural British Columbia

by Sean Markey, John Pierce, Kelly Vodden and Mark Roseland

Broad political and economic changes are dramatically reshaping rural and small-town communities in British Columbia and across Canada. Increasingly, however, much of the responsibility for community-based prosperity and survival is falling to communities themselves.

This book is drawn from a three-year participatory research project with four communities in British Columbia: two municipalities and two Aboriginal communities. The first part of the book examines historical and contemporary forces of restructuring, linking the development of rural communities with the legacy of resource development and Aboriginal marginalization across the province. The second part of the book presents the theoretical and practical dynamics of the community economic development (CED) process and outlines a variety of strategies communities can initiate to diversify their local economies.

Second Growth advances understanding of local development by addressing two important deficiencies in the CED literature. First, CED is a rapidly expanding field that requires enhanced theoretical direction and historical analysis. Second, there is a need for systematic case study analyses of CED strategies in rural, small-town conditions. As communities struggle to confront complex forces of change, sound theoretical frameworks and tested best practices are important tools in facilitating the prospects for a second growth in rural and small-town communities.

The book will appeal to educators and students of rural and economic geography, policy makers and citizens who wish to better understand the transformations taking place across the rural landscape.

Promoting Community Economic Development for Forest-Based Communities

Featured here is the work of a three year research project funded by Forest Renewal BC, 1997-2000.

The research project identifies the most promising and appropriate Community Economic Development strategies and tools for strengthening local economic capacity in forest-based communities.

Four communities in British Columbia partnered with SFU’s CED Centre to identify and develop CED strategies and tools best suited to their own situations.

At the request of the Aboriginal communities participating in this project the CED Centre has included the following notice of disclaimer with regard to all information about their communities on this website: “Any information provided by Aboriginal peoples relates to the particular project under consideration, and cannot be used by governments or others in consideration of other projects in the future, without the express written consent of the Aboriginal peoples.”