Rural Economic Framework

SMARTVILLAGE.SCOT PROVIDES A TECHNOLOGY PLATFORM FOR BUILDING RURAL DIGITAL COMMUNITIES.

Smart Villages enable implementation of a number of key policies identified for rural Scotland:

  • Unlocking the £2.5 billion digital potential of Scotland’s rural communities –Scotland’s Rural College reports that £2.5 billion in economic growth could be unlocked if rural communities take a number of key digital enablement actions. Smart Villages provide the tools to directly implement them.
  • A New Blueprint for Scotland’s Rural Economy – The National Council of Rural Advisors published a report for parliament advising on an overall economic framework for rural development. Smart Villages offers a vehicle for actioning these recommendations.
  • Regional Inclusive Growth – Research from CommonSpace identified the need for a bottom up approach to local Economic Development. Smart Villages provide a platform for this approach.
  • Enabling Local People to Lead – The Scottish Community Alliance describes a vision for empowered, self-reliant local communities, a vision that Smart Villages provides the platform for enabling.

A New Blueprint for Scotland’s Rural Economy – The National Council of Rural Advisors published a report for parliament advising on an overall economic framework for rural development. Smart Villages offers a vehicle for actioning these recommendations. This proposes a rural implementation of the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework.

Unlocking the £2.5 billion digital potential of Scotland’s rural communities – Scotland’s Rural College reports that £2.5 billion in economic growth could be unlocked if rural communities take a number of key digital enablement actions. Smart Villages provide the tools to directly implement them.

The NCRA in particular has a bold and ambitious vision for the future of Scotland’s rural economy, and believes to achieve this vision will require radical change and a new approach to policy-making and action. We agree entirely with their ethos and recommended policy actions, and define how SmartVillage.scot can help achieve these through this action plan.