Subject The article deals with the strategies for social and economic development in all regions of the Russian Federation, territorial development of Russian regions, and agglomerations of rural settlements. Objectives The focus is on designing an agglomeration mechanism for rural municipalities development. Methods The study employs the systems approach, special methods for agglomeration boundary delimitation, the standard statistical analysis. Results We offer a mechanism of rural settlements development. It implies a reasoned choice of agglomeration centers, delimitation of agglomeration boundaries, evaluation of the number of jobs necessary to ensure the attractiveness of agglomeration, calculation of the amount of investment in fixed assets. The mechanism can be used to elaborate strategies for socio-economic development of regions, where agricultural lands occupy at least 50 percent of the total territory. Conclusions Any spatial socio-economic development is impossible without addressing the allocation of production capacity (creation of new or preservation of existing jobs). Only after employment is secured, it is worth considering options for long-term socio-economic development.
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