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The Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group (CSG)

The Aspen Institute's Community Strategies Group (Formerly Rural Economic Policy Program) structures and contributes to focused learning that supports the innovation of organizations and funders working to achieve more widely shared and lasting prosperity in communities.



The Aspen Institute is a global forum that convenes leaders from diverse disciplines to address critical issues that confront societies, organizations, and individuals. Utilizing the rigorous discipline of informed dialogue and inquiry, the Institute's seminar and policy programs enhance the participants' ability to think clearly about such issues, mindful of the primacy of the moral perspective and the importance of differing viewpoints. Founded in 1950, the Aspen Institute is a no-profit organization with offices in Aspen, Chicago, New York, Queenstown (Maryland), Santa Barbara, & Washington, D.C.