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Rural Vitality: Partnerships and Placemaking

June 14, 2018 - June 17, 2018


This forum will take place on the Bonavista Peninsula, specifically Trinity to Bonavista, to highlight the region’s built heritage assets and identify new strategies for mobilizing heritage for place-based development. This unique community-based forum will engage regional stakeholders, business, municipal and not-for-profits, in a transformational dialogue around built heritage by identifying new place-based development opportunities based on regional and sectoral collaboration. The forum is being organized by Trinity Historical Society, the Bonavista-Trinity Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Sir William Ford Coaker Heritage Foundation, and Tourism Elliston, with support from the Environmental Policy Institute of Grenfell Campus, Memorial University.

Communities in the region have unique built heritage that has been central to economic development and employment, preservation of place and the ultimate survival of communities. Communities such as Bonavista, Port Union, Trinity, and Elliston have capitalized on their one-of-a-kind built heritage to enhance social, cultural, environmental, and economic well-being across the region. As a result of these and other community-based efforts, the region is experiencing a revitalization that has garnered it attention across the province and country in rural and urban communities alike. This revitalization has been marked by new resident in-migration and a surge of economic and cultural activity that has breathed new life into the region. The region’s unique built heritage along with private business, government and not-for-profit investments, cash and in-kind, have played a major role in that renewal. However, there are still many opportunities for using built heritage assets to further enhance community revitalization. Regional leaders are seeking new approaches for place-based economic development to harness creativity and foster collaboration across communities and sectors while improving regional well-being. Local leaders are interested in supporting regional development strategies that mobilize built heritage and encourage cross-sector and community collaboration, building on previous place-based initiatives that have occurred in the region while supporting existing collaborative efforts. There is also interest in cultivating further opportunities for the creative economy, which has become a key feature of community revitalization across the region.


June 14, 2018
June 17, 2018
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Bonvista Peninsula
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