Room B

2021 CPAA Conference - Day 1

Room B - Day 1

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
2B. Social Cohesion and Community Development in Post-Pandemic Alberta
Clark Banack
University of Alberta
It has long been known that local economic and community development outcomes are strongly correlated with levels of community social cohesion. In other words, community development is most successful when there is wide scale citizen engagement across a diverse set of groups –a condition that requires high levels of trust, reciprocity, and a commitment to the betterment of the community. This presentation will highlight some emerging factors that threaten to erode these components of community social cohesion before closing with some thoughts on how we might address these challenges in the context of post-pandemic planning.

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