The Northland College Center for Rural Communities applies research based solutions to social and economic challenges, partners with community members to build on local knowledge, and promotes the long-term health and vitality of rural communities in the north woods region.
What We Do
Rural areas and small towns in the United States often grapple with social and economic challenges resulting from deindustrialization, environmental regulation, population loss, and a declining tax base. The north woods features communities both thriving and distressed, and provides an opportunity to imagine, research, and implement development that creates more sustainable, resilient economies and communities.
The CRC provides research and consultation services to community organizations, policy makers, tribal governments, and private businesses to support strategic, data-driven community programming and development.
The Center also supports original research that provides timely and relevant data and analysis about the social, cultural, and economic forces shaping the region, and, disseminates findings and models through reports, presentations, and publications. With an organized and systematic approach to community-based inquiry, the CRC is committed to creating opportunities for cross-disciplinary research.