Developing Regional Economic Connectivity: Strategies for Urban and Rural Communities 


This brief identifies factors that support local engagement in regional economies, how these factors vary for urban and rural places, and whether the benefits of economic connectivity are equitably distributed among places and people in regions. Regional economic connectivity encourages communities to align with and leverage their region’s economic strength and indicates the extent to which the economic specializations driving broader regional economies also have a strong presence locally.

We find that regional economic connectivity:

  • Promotes local growth; 
  • has the potential to generate equitable regional economies in which all people can participate, prosper and reach their full potential; and 
  • is supported by local assets and factors, including business ecosystems, infrastructure, planning support and funding, and housing and quality of life, that vary for different types of urban and rural communities. 

Download the brief for details on these key factors and strategies.