Economic Development

Thrive Rural Framework Overview

March 7, 2022  • Community Strategies Group

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The Thrive Rural Framework is a new tool to help you take stock, target action, and gauge progress on rural prosperity. We invite everyone involved in rural development — from local leaders to investors and philanthropists to state and national policymakers — to use this tool to spark new ways of thinking and acting to move communities, regions, and systems toward producing more widespread and equitable rural prosperity, health, and well-being.

The Thrive Rural Framework focuses on what needs to be true in local communities and in larger systems to produce things like shared thinking and fair-minded goals, the readiness of people and leadership to act, and the organizational structures to learn and act together. In short, the Thrive Rural Framework is grounded in the relationships and connections that underlie rural development: people, governments, and systems all working together and in parallel to achieve greater rural prosperity for all.

To better visualize and digest the different layers involved in the framework, we created a series of documents that together showcase the entire framework: