VIDEO: Author examines rural communities’ key to survival

Doug Griffiths tackles 13 ways communities might accidentally be setting themselves up for failure when it comes to economic development

Doug Griffiths, along with Kelly Clemmer, is one of the author’s of 13 Ways to Kill Your Community and one of the most recent speakers at the Association of Manitoba Municipalities annual convention Nov. 25-27.

Griffiths spoke on 13 ways in which he says communities might block their economic development, including encouraging residents to shop elsewhere, ignoring water, ignoring seniors, failing to engage young people, failing to attract businesses out of fear they will compete with existing ones, failing to look at the community realistically, forgetting exterior aesthetic, letting community rivalries get in the way of progress, living in the past, rejecting new initiatives, ignoring newcomers to the community, avoiding risks and not taking responsibility for the economic future of the area.

About the author


Alexis Stockford

Alexis Stockford is a journalist and photographer with the Manitoba Co-operator. She previously reported with the Morden Times and was news editor of  campus newspaper, The Omega, at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. She grew up on a mixed farm near Miami, Man.



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