Urban-Rural Engagement

Ohio has unique urban-suburban-rural connections. Various indicators in the state demonstrate a dynamic flow of people and other resources throughout all geographic areas along the urban and rural continuum. Many Ohioans live in one county, work in another, and enjoy recreation and tourism in other counties. Other flows are studied from various interrelated perspectives, such as land use, commerce, food, water, Internet access, waste, pollution, and the environment.

Research and opinion on interdependencies began decades ago and continues in today's society. Urban-rural interdependencies have been studied through varied lenses, from political, economic, social, and system-focused perspectives. Several different typologies distinguish classifications of urban, suburban, and rural. Operationalizing awareness, connections, and relationships along the continuum presents opportunities for engagement. The following cases provide insight into examples of lessons learned, as well as individual and community impacts.

  • Creating awareness of urban-rural interdependencies
  • Initiating connections among specific audiences with shared interests, yet diverse perspectives
  • Fostering relationships through comprehensive experiences that improve informed decision making related to interdependencies and impacts
  • Advancing trusted partnerships that advance shared missions and endure shifts over time

Urban-Rural Perspectives

Shifts in demographic characteristics, community conditions, and urban-suburban-rural interdependencies have resulted in unique strategies to strengthen the connection: