Rural Development Project
The UAF CES Rural Development Project develops and disseminates relevant and easily understood research and technology to rural Alaskans – primarily in the lower Yukon Kuskokwim rivers, the Copper River Valley and Southeast Alaska – to improve their quality of life. The Project maintains an open dialog with those stakeholders to identify and adjust to evolving needs. Download the RDP Magazine >
Project faculty and staff collaborate with public agencies, professional researchers, consultants, community groups and, most of all, stakeholders. Programs and services include:
- Rural community development and economic analysis
- Forestry and natural resources
- Youth development
- Energy alternatives and environmental management
- Food self-sufficiency
The RDP has identified the following objectives to attain both the mission and the vision.
- Support research and outreach that responds to the needs of rural Alaska communities.
- Increase opportunities for community participation in hands-on learning.
- Use technology to deliver information and to enhance knowledge.
- Manage the process of community outreach.
- Foster strategic partnerships with public and private stakeholders.
- Collaborate with public and private employers in workforce preparation.
- Develop and maintain a highly qualified and motivated staff.
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