The Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ACSRC) at the University of Alberta is hosting a series of regional collaboration workshops in 7 different communities dispersed across Alberta between April 2015 and March 2016, with a project close of July I, 2016. These workshops will bring together representatives from rural municipalities, regional economic development alliances, rural associations (AUMA, AAMDC), Aboriginal communities, government departments (such as Agriculture and Rural Development, Innovation and Advanced Education, Municipal Affairs and not-for-profit and private sector associations to engage in a 3-part collaboration and capacity-building exercise, with the core goals being increased rural capacity to engage with, and support, the action items outlined in the 2014 Action Plan. Locations will be determined in conjunction with both Land Use and REDA inputs, and participants will be selected and invited through a collaborative process that engages the REDAs across the province. The participants in these workshops ideally create a balance of inter-sectoral representation with geographic, political and social considerations.
The objectives of this project are to:
- Increase rural dialogue and engagement with the concept, practices, opportunities and challenges of regional collaboration;
- Increase inter-regional communication and knowledge sharing through the transfer of priorities, futures and success criteria;
- Link regional economic development alliances and initiatives with both governance, economic, environmental, social and planning stakeholders at the regional level;
- Engage Aboriginal community leadership with regional development and governance initiatives;
- Create opportunities for regional collaborations and partnerships to build capacity, share knowledge and develop collaborative opportunities and initiatives;
- Evaluation of prioritization and scenario planning methods through workshop and project evaluation;
- Identify regionally-based needs, gaps, opportunities and capitals that support long-term community sustainability in rural Alberta.
Bonnyville Regional Collaboration Report
Edson Regional Collaboration Report
Hanna Regional Collaboration Report
Camrose Regional Collaboration Report
Fort McMurray Regional Collaboration Report
Grande Prairie Regional Collaboration Report
Lethbridge Regional Collaboration Report