CTRC&D programs promote livable, sustainable communities through partnerships that maintain and enhance the unique quality of life and environment found in Connecticut communities.
Connecticut’s rural and urban communities are very different and mutually and fundamentally interdependent. Resources in rural communities are critical to the success of Connecticut’s urban areas, and resources demanded by urban areas provide vital economic support for rural lands. Rural lands and communities host water, forest, and agriculture resources which are vital to the health and well-being of all Connecticut residents.
While each of these unique geographic landscapes faces growth and preservation challenges, Connecticut rural communities have historically been overlooked as they attempt to preserve resources, treasured “New England small-town” character, and an equitable tax base.
Rural Land Rural Towns Workshops and Annual Conference
Continued tradition of an annual workshop to highlight the role of rural lands and rural towns as dynamic resources for a healthy and sustainable Connecticut. This year’s workshop hosted over 60 attendees and guest presenters focused on rural land use and economic innovation, new technology for conservation, agriculture business innovation and how urban centers & rural lands support one another. We also sampled delicious homemade donuts for breakfast and Freund’s Market pie after lunch.
CTRC&D is looking to expand the morning workshop into an all day conference in February 2018. If you’re interested in participating or volunteering, contact us.
CACEE Center Study
CTRC&D received a $20,000 in grant funds to evaluate properties in central Connecticut to build a conservation agriculture education center and rural business incubator space. The CACEE Committee did a preliminary evaluation of the sites in Spring 2017. Once the top site is selected, CTRCD will host a community outreach workshop and produced a proposed concept plan for the property. The goal is to foster conservation organizations, promote innovation and education for agriculture and offer opportunities for new rural resource based small business growth.
This is an exciting new endeavor and if successful, CTRC&D will be looking to expand membership and outreach for this project.
How Can CTRC&D Help You?
Historically strong network of interconnected residents with strong ties toward personal and small business investment in social life, aging, youth, government education.
Small business innovation that was the hallmark of rural town centers and residents requires a new way of linking business development with rural resources: natural, village centers, resource-based, and agriculture.
Development pressure and generic policies encourage fragmentation of rural land resources that are vital to the ongoing and future economic health of Connecticut residents and businesses.
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CTRC&D supports grassroots community and rural business development, including agriculture-based business in both rural and urban Connecticut. CTRC&D programs are designed to support residents, land trusts, small business entrepreneurs, grassroots non-profits, and municipalities who are seeking to find ways to balance natural resource protection, enhancement of community character, and economic growth. We have a network of partners who can find the solution for your town or resource based business.
CTRC&D Council members and professional staff are specialists in the issues facing rural communities, agriculture, and critical resource areas in Connecticut. CTRC&D encourages communities to match their unique strengths and character with conservation and economic management that celebrates economic value of natural resources, farms and working lands.
CTRC&D can assist with developing land use policies and resource inventories to help identify and each town’s role in making Connecticut a vibrant and exciting place to work and live.