Community capacity can be thought of as the collection of knowledge, skills, and resources that community members possess and use to work together to identify, pursue, and achieve shared goals.

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The Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development works with land grant and other key partners across the region and nationally to pursue cutting-edge research, develop educational resources and provide training designed to help residents of the Northeast work together, within communities and regions, to identify, pursue, and achieve their goals.

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  • Social Capital Tools
    Here you will find data on the estimated stock of social capital in each US county for the years 1990, 1997, 2005, and 2009. Please note that the data are presented "as is" without any implied guarantees for accuracy, and that there are slight differences between 1990/1997 and 2005 as a result of the switch from the SIC to the NAICS codes.
  • Latent Innovation Data: A measure of latent (or hidden) innovation in local economies based on spillovers among industries in terms of inter-industry sales and purchases as well as spatial proximity. Here, latent innovation originates within supply chains from both a firm's customers (buyers) as well as suppliers, where the former contribute to product innovation and the latter to process innovation.
  • Economic Resilience Tools Here you will find data on the economic resilience of US counties during the Great Recession.
  • The Carsey School of Public Policy (UNH)
    The Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire conducts policy research on vulnerable children, youth, and families and on sustainable community development.
  • Community Development Publications
    A collection of articles and research papers authored or co-authored by Northeast Center staff and/or partners

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