Community Development is a process whereby diverse and representative groups of community members come together to take collective action and generate solutions (plans) for common problems; building livable, sustainable communities in the process.
Rural Community Development is the above, with an understanding that many rural communities lack the resources and capacity to manage this process without assistance, training, resources, and technical assistance.
Aside from the most important reason (it’s needed), if not for our rural communities who would manage our forests? Who would protect our waterways? Who would put the food on our plates? Who would provide those services travelers expect as they drive the many freeways?