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Rural-Urban Interaction in Newfoundland and Labrador: Understanding and Managing Functional Regions Project Update to NLREDA Conference December 1, 2007, St. John’s, NL. The Beginning: FCM – CRRF Alliance. Launched April 2004 Partnering with StatsCan defining urban & rural

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The beginning fcm crrf alliance

Rural-Urban Interaction in Newfoundland and Labrador:Understanding and Managing Functional RegionsProject Update to NLREDA Conference December 1, 2007, St. John’s, NL


The beginning fcm crrf alliance

The Beginning: FCM – CRRF Alliance

  • Launched April 2004

  • Partnering with StatsCan

    • defining urban & rural

    • understanding urban-rural inter-dependence

  • Leveraging the New Rural Economy Project

    • Governance and Capacity

    • Urban perceptions of rural and vice versa

  • Launching new research: Local Governance of Rural – Urban Interaction

    • Innovations in Municipal Collaboration

    • Inter-community Governance Innovations

    • Tools and Data to Support Innovation


Crrf fcm research

CRRF-FCM Research

  • More than one “rural”

    • Rural Adjacent (metropolitan regions)

    • Rural Non-Adjacent (mostly primary resource)

    • Rural Remote (mostly single industry, plus aboriginal)

    • Rural recreational / retirement / amenities


Crrf fcm research1

CRRF-FCM Research

Rural-Urban Linkages are multiple and complex

  • Trade and commerce

    • Goods, finance, services, people, information

  • Functional integration

    • Waste management, water protection, recreation

  • Institutional integration

    • Health, education, social economy, NGOs

  • Common environments

    • Water, air, climate

  • Common identities

    • Local, regional, national, international


Functional regions project components

Functional Regions: Project Components

  • Quantify and map (GIS) linkages between communities in “regions”, particularly urban and rural relationships

  • Assess governance mechanisms used to manage these relationships, identify gaps, investigate alternatives

  • Assess the contribution of community linkages to sustainability and create a “labour market attractiveness index”

  • Knowledge Mobilization: collaboration, communication, application


Functional regions project team

Functional Regions: Project Team

  • CRRF-FCM Alliance (national project linkages)

  • MNL

    • CCRC (municipal engagement, communications, advocacy)

  • Memorial University (research)

    • Harris Centre

    • Departments of Geography, Political Science & Marine Institute

  • University of Kentucky

    • Rural Studies (research)

  • Irish Loop Development Corporation (project coordination)

  • Provincial and federal agencies, NGOs

    • ACOA, HRLE, Service Canada, INTRD, NLREDA

  • Participating communities and regions

  • C/NL Labour Market Development Agreement


Functional regions case study regions

Functional Regions: Case Study Regions

  • All Communities / Regions in NL covered by research

  • 3 Case Study regions selected to pilot research and conduct more in-depth interviews

    • Rural Adjacent: Irish Loop

    • Rural Non-adjacent: Twillingate-New World Island RDA area

    • Rural Remote: Labrador Straits

  • Lessons will be shared with all stakeholders


Functional regions where we are

Functional Regions: Where We Are

  • Mapping Data Collection

  • Pilot Site meetings

  • Governance Research

    • Small town amalgamation

    • Review of regional governance

    • Fisheries governance


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