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Retaining financial capital for rural community development : a case study of the town of Olds, Alberta

Author: John R Parkins; Carolyn Chenard; University of Alberta. Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology.
Publisher: Edmonton, Alta. : University of Alberta, Dept. of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology, 2011
Series: Rural economy project report, 11-02.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Financial capital is an important component of rural community development and a key aspect of community resilience. Yet residents often transfer their wealth into investment vehicles such as GICs and bonds that are external to their community. This exodus of financial capital is often in contrast to a deep commitment to the local community in which these residents lived and worked for the majority of their lives.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Case studies
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: John R Parkins; Carolyn Chenard; University of Alberta. Department of Resource Economics and Environmental Sociology.
OCLC Number: 898898895
Notes: November 2011.
Description: 1 online resource (84 pages) : illustrations, digital file.
Contents: Executive summary --
Chapter 1. Capital retention in comparative context: transition towns, community currency and community bonds --
Chapter 2. Government perspectives on local financial capital retention --
Chapter 3. Financial capital and community resilience: perspectives from financial institutions in the Town of Olds --
Chapter 4. Community perspectives on capital retention in the Town of Olds.
Series Title: Rural economy project report, 11-02.
Responsibility: John R. Parkins and Carolyn Chenard (editors).
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Financial capital is an important component of rural community development and a key aspect of community resilience. Yet residents often transfer their wealth into investment vehicles such as GICs and bonds that are external to their community. This exodus of financial capital is often in contrast to a deep commitment to the local community in which these residents lived and worked for the majority of their lives. With a focus on the Town of Olds, Alberta, this project seeks to understand the possibilities for local financial capital retention for community development. We compare several approaches to capital retention that include the transition towns movement, community currency and community bonds; we explore perspectives from municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government; we seek insights from the representatives of local financial institutions; and we survey residents of the Town of Olds about their views on local investment. Results indicate a willingness to invest locally among residents, with support from town leaders, governments, and financial institutions. Yet several key barriers exist. These barriers include a limited understanding of financial vehicles for local investment (e.g., community bonds) and the availability of other attractive non-local options to secure financial capital (e.g., loans at attractive rates).

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