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Reimagining Rural Economic Development: Cooperation & the Future of Our Communities Conference

This is an in-person conference! 

The Reimagining Rural Economic Development Conference, hosted by the ACSRC and with project support from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation, represents the culmination of this work and will highlight ways that an old idea can breathe new life into rural communities across the province.

Aimed at rural community leaders, councillors, economic development and planning officers, and rural residents who care deeply about the future of their communities, this event will feature a collection of speakers including rural entrepreneurs, co-operative developers, and academics from across North America to showcase how innovative uses of the co-operative model can drive sustainable rural economic development.

During this two-day conference, participants will:

  • be introduced to innovative uses of the co-operative model across a wide range of areas including green energy, commercial real estate, large and small scale agriculture, community capital investment, housing, and daycares
  • learn about how consumer, producer, and marketing co-ops, as well as worker-owned businesses and new generation agricultural co-ops, are generating positive economic growth and enhancing service delivery in rural communities
  • learn from successful rural co-operative founders about the opportunities and challenges co-ops can present and the lessons learned along the way
  • network and connect with co-op founders and developers who can help guide your local group and develop your idea into a thriving co-op in your rural community.

Dates: October 25th, 2023-October 26th, 2023

Cost: $250.00

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  • Language: English


Oct 25 - 26 2023


8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: Europe/Berlin
  • Date: Oct 25 - 27 2023
  • Time: 4:00 pm - 2:00 am



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University of Alberta
116 St & 85 Ave, Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3


Canadian CED Network
Tel: 819-795-3056

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