Rooting Opportunity

June 1-2, 2015
Rooting Opportunity will help practitioners explore a wide range of economic development partnerships that are advancing regional prosperity, the strength of key sectors, business success, and the livelihoods of low-income people.

Featured Project

RuFES Action Network

The Network offers innovative ideas, stimulating stories, useful data and rural-focused opportunities to help leaders and practitioners assist hard-working rural families EARN more, KEEP more of what they earn, and GROW it into assets over time.

Current Program


WealthWorks is an approach to economic development that connects a community’s assets to market demand in ways that build livelihoods that last.

The Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group (CSG) energizes and prepares people, organizations and collaboratives to do the best for their communities and regions.

CSG seeks to advance community and economic development, just and civic cultures, family livelihoods and the development of locally controlled philanthropic resources. To do so, CSG designs and manages action-inducing peer-learning among organizations, leaders and policymakers. It convenes thinkers and doers to swap strategies and find common ground. It manages initiatives that catalyze innovation and progress. It builds networks to spread good ideas and useful lessons. It produces tools, analysis and stories that help communities make better decisions.

Overall, CSG helps sharpen focus and action.