ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

We work with economic development professionals 
to introduce new opportunities to rural communities in the areas of 

  • WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, 
  • BUSINESS EXPANSION AND RETENTION, 
  • ENTREPRENEURIAL CAPACITY BUILDING, 
  • LEADERSHIP AND TEAM BUILDING AND 
  • RESIDENT ATTRACTION 
THE RURAL ON PURPOSE PROGRAMS AND RESOURCES ARE THE RESULT OF 
COLLABORATION PROJECTS WITH 
RURAL COMMUNITIES WORLDWIDE

THEY FUEL ENTREPRENEURIAL AMBITION 
BY FOSTERING AN ENVIRONMENT 
WHERE PEOPLE HAVE IDEAS AND ACT ON THEM

rural on purpose pilots

Who are the pilots for? 
The Rural on Purpose Pilots are for Community Builders in rural regions worldwide. You are the frontline support for growth in your communities - the experts, facilitators, cheerleaders and advisors. You understand how to build community capacity. The pilots are designed to serve you as a resource for future-focused program development. Community Builders could come from Economic Development, Municipalities, Organizations, Private Business, Associations or passionate individuals. 
What is the purpose of the pilots? 
Rural communities are dealing with certain challenges that are systemically global, like youth retention and attraction, aging workforce, declining populations and the changing nature of work. We are using bandaids to fix amputations. A new way forward is needed that relies on the collective insight and intelligence of our communities.  

The "pilot" structure is meant to lessen the expense, shorten the delivery time, test solutions and mitigate risk (cost vs success.)   
Is there a cost to participate? 
YES. The program is participant funded. 

Rural on Purpose is a for-profit Social Enterprise. As with everything else, we believe a new way forward for rural economic development includes new, self-sustaining support structures. Too much time is spent trying to justify and compete for limited grant money to keep programs running that may have ended had they been market driven. 

Community investment ensures commitment (in market driven solutions.) Pilots only run when there is interest, need and communities willing to invest. 
What is required to run a Rural on Purpose Pilot? 
A Champion and a Sponsor! 
WIIFM?  
what's in it for me 
What's in it for me? 
  • New solutions to Rural Challenges.
  • A Global Network of support and collective intelligence.
  • DATA - real local and comparative rural data 
  • Being part of an Economic Development Movement that introduces a new era of RURAL leadership, confidence and prosperity! 
2 Ways to Participate 
ONE:
You can apply to run a fully tested and developed program
Typically you are looking for a fully vetted program 
(data, results and timeline) to build into your local strategic planning.

TWO:
You can apply to be a 
Rural on Purpose pilot community and participate in our program development process
Typically you are interested in being 1st to explore new trends and workforce developments and are comfortable with an agile process that involves being flexible and open to various outcomes.

Interested in being part of our next pilot? We have a number of programs in 
Stage One development and will be ready for testing in 2020. 
Sneak Peek at pilot topics:
  • Freelance and Remote Work Support
  • Wellness Industry
  • ​Senior Asset Development
  • Youth Engagement
  • ​Digital Adoption

current programming

facilitating freelance and remote work ecosystems

Freelance/remote work survey

what do you know about the freelancers and remote workers 
currently living in your community? 
run our survey for 1 month in your community and surrounding area and gather local data so that you can plan with confidence! 

Who is working working here? What kind of work are they doing? How old are they? How long have they been living there? 

100% Fearlessly Optimistic People
Supporting one another with 
wit, wisdom and ingenuity
Fuelling Entrepreneurial Ambition
 Fostering an environment where people have ideas and act on them

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