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Big Data for Small Places

Date: May 20, 2022

In our work in rural research and consulting, my colleague and I were frequently asked for assistance with local dataWe believed staff in rural municipalities and NGOs should be able to find and interpret relevant data without employing a consultantWhen we inquired about the obstacles rural staff faced, some recurring themes emerged

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Supporting Rural Development by Embedding Financial Capital: Community Investment Fund Programs

Date: May 13, 2022

​While businesses in rural Ontario can face challenges like changing local populations and rising supply chain costs, one major obstacle that can prevent rural business development is access to financial capital. Seed money (such as from loans and equity investments) is vital for starting and growing a business, and this may be hard to find in rural areas.

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