The 2017 Rural Ontario Foresight Papers is a collection of six papers on selected themes as prepared by expert authors. Each Foresight Paper explores a particular topic in view of the current situation in rural and northern Ontario and looks ahead to what directions various stakeholders, governments or non-profits might follow in order to foster vital rural development in light of the trends and opportunities the authors foresee. The Papers offer an opportunity for rural stakeholders to be informed by the perspectives of these authors and to consider the implications for their own work or their own communities. Recognizing the long-term nature of many rural development challenges, ROI has commissioned another set of papers with appropriate authors for release in 2019. Included with each of the Papers is a corresponding northern commentary prepared by the Northern Policy Institute. Growth Beyond Cities: Place-Based Rural Development Policy in Ontario The Impact of Megatrends on Rural Development in Ontario: Progress through Foresight Broadband Infrastructure for the Future: Connecting Rural Ontario to the Digital Economy Rural Business Succession: Innovation Opportunities to Revitalize Local Economies Rural Volunteerism: How Well is the Heart of Community Doing? The Visitor Economy and Rural Cultural Amenities Author info Complete Print Edition - English Complete Print Edition - French Watch: David Freshwater gives a brief overview of his paper, Growth Beyond Cities Watch: Michael Fenn gives a brief overview of his paper, The Impact of Megatrends Watch: Tracy Birtch gives a brief overview of her paper, Rural Volunteerism The Papers were commissioned by the Rural Ontario Institute as part of the Measuring Rural Community Vitality initiative.