Alberta Rural Development Network

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Alberta Rural Development Network
Founded2009
Location
Area served
Rural Alberta
ServicesRural development, research, rural homelessness, rural sustainable affordable housing
Members
9
Key people
Dee Ann Benard, Executive Director
Employees
6
WebsiteAlberta Rural Development Network

The Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) is a not-for-profit partnership of nine public colleges & universities.[1] Its mission is "to create a model of rural community development through collaboration in research and learning".[2]

Mandate[edit]

As stated on their website, "The Alberta Rural Development Network will use the combined expertise of Alberta's post-secondary institutions to support rural development in Alberta and help rural communities grow through learning."[2]

ARDN focuses on four core principles to create rural connections:

  1. Research
  2. Education
  3. Collaboration
  4. Networking

According to the Minister of Advanced Education and Technology, ARDN has so far been successful: "The Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) has played a key role in helping communities across rural Alberta to flourish and thrive by strengthening links between Campus Alberta institutions, industry and community-based organizations."[3]

History[edit]

ARDN began operations in 2009 with a grant from the Rural Alberta Development Fund (RADF)[4] and in-kind commitments from its post-secondary members.

Since its inception, ARDN has worked with several of Alberta's colleges, universities and organizations on projects, including Lakeland College and Portage College on a Regional Innovation Network in East Central Alberta,[5] Mount Royal University on a Business Retention & Expansion Symposium,[6] the Alberta Academy of Art and Design on the Company of Albertans,[7] Pastor Tim Wray on the Young Adult Photovoice Project,[8] and Lethbridge College on Social in the South.[9]

More recently, ARDN administered the Homelessness Partnering Strategy's Rural and Remote Homelessness funding stream for Alberta.[10] So far, this has resulted in the funding of seven rural homelessness projects, including projects in Drayton Valley,[11] Chestermere,[12] Fort Macleod[13] and Cochrane.[14]

Members[edit]

Media[edit]

ARDN publishes a newsletter. The RTAB is published at least once a month.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff. "Community Outreach" Archived 2013-05-29 at the Wayback Machine. Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b Staff. "Mandate". Alberta Rural Development Network. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
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  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ Staff. "Lakeland and Portage partner to build East Central Alberta Regional Innovation Network". Lakeland College - Applied Research & Innovation. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  6. ^ Staff. "Keeping rural business strong". Mount Royal University. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  7. ^ Staff. "The Company of Albertans" Archived 2013-08-09 at the Wayback Machine. ACAD. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  8. ^ Wray, Tim. "What Matters in Small Towns?" Archived 2013-05-16 at the Wayback Machine. Farm On. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  9. ^ Staff. "Social in the South 2012: Social Media Strategies for Business" Archived 2013-05-30 at the Wayback Machine. Lethbridge College. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  10. ^ Higgins, Michael. "Alberta's Rural Homeless". Alberta Primetime. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
  11. ^ Whalen, Courtney. "Drayton Valley receives homelessness partnership money" Drayton Valley Western Review. Retrieved 9 July 2013
  12. ^ Chorney, Allison. "Chestermere receives $57,000 to help prevent homelessness in community" Archived 2016-07-10 at the Wayback Machine Rocky View Weekly. Retrieved 9 July 2013
  13. ^ Staff. "Fort Macleod get funding for housing support program" Macleod Gazette. Retrieved 9 July 2013
  14. ^ Edey, Noel. "Support for homeless youth" Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine Cochrane Times. Retrieved 9 July 2013

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