CARI: Center for Applied Rural Innovation


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Created in Collaboration with the Center for Applied Rural Innovation (CARI) Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources University of Nebraska-Lincoln USDA NRCS RC&D, National and Regional Offices, 2002. 39 p.


Copyright 2002, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Used by permission.


This document focuses on the positive assets the community’s individuals, associations, institutions, and economy. Focusing on community problems conveys negative images of the community, and residents begin to accept these images as the only guide to the reality of their lives. Focusing on positive asset components will help build the community, giving residents hope and a positive vision for themselves. Most of this community guide publication is devoted to how community assets can be inventoried. Concludes with steps to developing an action plan.