Knowledge Brief What is Asset Based Rural Development

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Many rural communities have discovered a new way of mobilizing people and resources to create more vibrant and sustainable communities. Instead of allowing a community’s problems to define what development and services it needs, this new approach begins with what is already strong and successful – the community’s assets. Asset-based rural development (ABRD) is a rural focused framework for organizing community development initiatives, policy, and research that has had positive outcomes in numerous places.

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