Convened in 2016 by the Northern Forest Center, U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, and the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group, the Rural Development Innovation Group is made up of rural development practitioners, intermediaries and others who have been deeply involved in advancing rural community and economic development through “wealth-building” approaches that add value to local assets, create jobs and build regional and local capacity to adapt to changing conditions.


The Group’s principal goals are to accelerate the adoption, adaptation and impact of innovative rural development strategies and convene key innovators to increase leadership, learning and dissemination to the field. Read the full case statement.


In 2017, the Rural Development Innovation Group is hosting a six-part series, America’s Rural Opportunity, to explore innovative and proven approaches to rural economic development.


In tandem, the group is developing new partnerships to turn our proven ideas into better opportunities for rural places via federal policy and philanthropic strategy.


Click here to see a list of Rural Development Innovation Group members. Watch all America's Rural Opportunity speaker panels to learn more.