Whitepaper: Advancing the Urban-Rural Connection
ARCCA is currently working with a CivicSpark fellow to develop a whitepaper on how urban and rural systems are connected and where the State should make investments that will yield the greatest benefit. This paper will include mechanisms for quantifying the value of ecosystem services that rural areas provide to urban centers. Upon the completion of this paper, we will work to bring together policymakers and decision-makers to incorporate the urban-rural connection in their funding and programmatic decisions. We’re aiming to release the whitepaper in June of 2016.
Workshop: Understanding the Urban-Rural Connection
Held on November 5, 2015 in Sacramento
ARCCA held a workshop on Understanding the Urban-Rural Connection, around climate impacts and adaptation solutions, where over 50 elected officials, state agency representatives, local government staff, regional organizers, program implementers and researchers came together to better understand the urban-rural connection and figure out how we can start collaborating to make this connection stronger throughout the state.
A focused group of 65 adaptation practitioners representing both rural and urban regions participated in rich discussions to unravel the barriers and opportunities to elevating this connection. The workshop aimed to facilitate solutions-focused discussions to answer the following questions:
- How would you define the urban-rural connection and why is it important to your work or constituency?
- What areas (geographic and/or programmatic) and efforts (statewide planning, funding, regional planning, research, etc.) are ripe for urban-rural collaboration?
- What will it take to initiate and implement collaborative planning and who needs to be involved?
- What do we need to know to make urban-rural collaboration effective (e.g., better quantification of benefits, ability to jointly access private and public funding, etc.)?
Smart Growth America’s Rural Development Program
Smart Growth America launched a new program designed to help local leaders strengthen rural economies through a smart growth approach to development. This program is designed to give rural residents and leaders better information about the financial and economic impacts of development choices.