A Wealth Of Knowledge On Economic Development

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A wealth of knowledge on economic development

RMIT University Hamilton will next week host an international expert on rural

communities, Jane Leonard.

Ms Leonard works on building connections between rural and urban communities,

investigating the inherent challenges and opportunities.

The President of the Minnesota Rural Partners Inc (MRP) and the Strategic

Coordination Manager of the Minneapolis Youth Coordinating Board, she has

spent 25 years working in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

Local businesses and members of the community will have the chance to meet Ms

Leonard during Conversations with Jane Leonard, a community forum-style event

on 11 February that will explore the topic, Lifting up Rural People & Places.

RMIT Hamilton’s Regional Development Senior Research Fellow, Dr Paul Collits,

said Ms Leonard’s nine-day visit to the region was a great opportunity for local

residents to gain access to a great wealth of knowledge and experience regarding

rural and regional economic development.

“Her visit ties in with other collaborative research work that RMIT Hamilton is doing

with the heartland regions of the US, focusing on rural and regional development,

innovation and entrepreneurship, in areas facing similar complexities and issues as

Hamilton and surrounds,” Dr Collits said.

Ms Leonard currently leads the MRP on the Rural Urban Partnering Council project

for the United States Department of Agriculture, to document and leverage the

power of rural urban connections and resource sharing to improve wealth creation

and innovation possibilities for rural communities.

Her work over the past 25 years has focused on building a healthy balance

between civic society and the market based economy, including working on policy

and program development to integrate knowledge management and innovation

strategies into community and economic development goals.

Ms Leonard will delve into the MRP model for building collaborative networks

across rural regions, between rural and urban places, during the community forum.

Conversations with Jane Leonard will be held at RMIT University Hamilton on

Thursday, 11 February, 6pm-7.30pm. 

All are welcome and can register by phoning, (03) 5572 0500.

For interviews: RMIT University Hamilton Regional Development Senior

Research Fellow, Dr Paul Collits, (03) 5572 0500.

For general media enquiries: RMIT University Hamilton Communications

Officer, Rachel McDonald, (03) 5572 0505.


February, 2010

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