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In Rural America, the community may look a little different, but the goals of community development are the same. Community Development Through a Rural Lens

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How to Do It Resources

The Rural Data Portal Housing Assistance Council's Rural Data Portal provides national, state and county-level data on the demographic, economic and housing characteristics of U.S. communities.

Comprehensive Community Development in Rural Settings The proceedings of a two-day conference focused on developing and implementing a comprehensive community development program in rural settings.

Defying the Odds: Sustainability in Small and Rural Places How small communities can pursue environmental sustainability in the face of myriad challenges.

Visit the Rural Community Development page of the How To Do It section for more resources.

About the Institute

The LISC Institute for Comprehensive Community Development is designed to share knowledge and resources with LISC staff, local agencies in the LISC network and others who are working in the field of comprehensive community development. The Institute website, trainings, webinars and peer-to-peer support are tools that help practitioners and their partners successfully implement comprehensive community initiatives.

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"Building Equity By the Tracks"

"LISC is pushing hard to make sure that new rail lines going into towns across the country aren’t just magnets for high-end investments, but also include the services and amenities low-income families need: Affordable housing, health care, financial planning assistance, cultural richness," writes John McCarron in this 2013 article on how transit-oriented development can be a tool for community development that ran in the Next City website

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