Harold Baker


The application of the concept "inter-community cooperation" in rural development in Saskatchewan, Canada is explored. It is argued that there is an emergence of a new geographic unit of development which is referred to as the "micro-region." The micro-region represents the growing inter-dependence among neighboring, small urban-centered communities in optimizing rural development. Selected references to inter-community cooperation experience in the larger "macro-region" (province or multi-province area) are reviewed. It is concluded that emphasis on the macro-region is giving way to the smaller micro-region. Selected topics on the application of intercommunity cooperation in micro-regions are discussed, including some ground rules of application, circumstances that foster cooperation, harriers to cooperation, benefits from cooperation, and risks/costs of cooperation.

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