This proposed rural community pandemic research response at the Applied Research and Innovation Center (ARIC) aims to collectively address and support rural issues related to the pandemic through research. The main themes support sustainable economic development and diversification, community resiliency, and sustainable community indicators for development and prosperity. Economic development and diversification will entail collaboration between different scales of human organization and stakeholders concerning economic projections related the pandemic, and models to help build resiliency and combat future rural community issues. In addition, applied rural pandemic adaptation and response may include smaller projects that define community-based strategies, expectations, and required supports in adapting to climate change. Throughout all of these themes, the need for a collective approach and collaborative research in the rural region of the Columbia Basin can be identified. The aim of this research initiative is to create a research response that provides the tools, skills, individuals, and resources required to support these themes for resilient local communities.
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