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Broadband Access Remains Roadblock to Rural Prosperity :


"You cannot bring businesses to a community that doesn't have access to broadband." Governor McAuliffe opening his annual Summit on Rural Prosperity. And it's not just businesses. By Pamela D'Angelo Full ...


Use of Rural Broadband Linked to Greater Levels of Civic Engagement:


Rural residents who use broadband are more likely to vote, belong to a group, trust their neighbors, and do other activities that indicate civic participation. But researchers saw this difference only ...


A Tough Row to Hoe: Economic Growth in Rural America:


That does not mean that we give up on rural America as a lost cause. It does mean that we come up with strategies to prevent it from becoming an economic desert. There are target industries, particularly ...


Helping Rural America Catch Up:


The latest economic data show the largest growth in real income and the greatest drop in poverty in years. But the biggest gains have been in the large metropolitan centers, and millions of Americans ...


How a Small Town in America Is Staging a Comeback:


What do you do when you are a Midwestern town of about 12,000 people and your main employer pulls out, taking 10,000 jobs with it? You circle the wagons, call home the kids, embrace change and trade ...


How Rural Farming Communities Are Fighting Economic Decline:


"What does that mean for a rural community?" asks Mary Hendrickson, a rural sociologist at the University of Missouri, who says there's a ripple effect. "How are you going to sell insurance if those people ...


Can Counties Fix Rural America's Endless Recession?:




Info requested from 6,000+ or -population communities that have a community center:


I am working on a feasibility study regarding a possible multi-purpose event center to be located in Polson, Montana. I am interested in knowing of any of our rural communities having such centers ...


#RuralX Summit Inspires Over 200 People to Make a Difference for Rural Communities:


Renner, SD--The first annual #RuralX Summit, hosted by Dakota Resources http://www.dakotaresources.org and 57 sponsors, brought 220 guests together for two days of motivational learning, idea sharing ...


Small towns try co-ops to keep essential businesses:


"The number of businesses in Choteau, Montana has been whittled down in the last 25 years or so," said Herald Yeager, 75, who owns the Repair Shop at the Choteau Airport. Even though the town population ...


Rural America - What's Going Right?:


Whether it's building a relationship with a local banker or networking with housing practitioners in another county, personal and professional links may be the single most important element for rural ...


The Graying of Rural America:




Rural counties have lost out in recovery, study finds:


Rural counties are faring progressively worse in recent recoveries from economic downturns, according to a new study, as new business increasingly gravitates toward the country's largest metropolitan ...


Why this Midwest town is thriving when so many aren't:




Bringing People Together: Rural Is 'Different,' Not 'Less':


A foundation executive says some philanthropies may use questions of "capacity" as an excuse not to fund projects in rural America. But in the long run, he says, urban-based philanthropies need ...


Income Inequality: A Growing Threat to Eliminating Rural Child Poverty:


Rural child poverty fell by 3 percentage points from 2012 to 2014. Over the past seven years, USDA and the Obama Administration have taken action to address the root causes and reduce the devastating ...


The Small-Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century:


Julianne Couch's new book, The Small-Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century http://www.amazon.com/Small-Town-Midwest-Resilience-Twenty-First-Experience-ebook/dp/B01CO39VVE/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1461691090&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Small-Town+Midwest ...


Why More and More People Are Dying Young in Rural America:


In the past decades, one in five rural U.S. counties have increasingly seen people die younger than expected, while many urban counties have seen improvements in that area, CNBC reports. Causes of premature ...


Continuum of living: How co-ops can save rural communities:


For some the word cooperative might conjure images of hipster communes -- but cooperatives provide services in a multitude of domains, including housing, food and utilities. Unlike a traditional for-profit ...


Opinion: Pre-K, Broadband, Transportation Programs Could Help Rural Mn.:


At Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF), our work intersects with many of these issues, such as investments in early childhood and support for minority business owners. Others, such as broadband, ...


Regional leaders gather to discuss rural issues in Missoula:


The Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Rural West Conference http://web.stanford.edu/group/ruralwest/cgi-bin/drupal/ , co-sponsored by the University of Montana and Stanford University, attracted academics, ...


Urban and rural attitudes split in Montana on land issues facing the West :


A survey of Montanans on issues facing the rural West found that 49 percent of the state's residents value nature and a clean environment. Yet when they were asked to name the biggest issue facing ...


Funding and Other Disparities Threaten Rural Schools:


Many rural school districts face concerns that stem from the current demographic and economic state of rural areas, the lack of technological infrastructure, and the difficulty of hiring and retaining ...
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Senator Leahy calls on USDA to raise minimum broadband speeds for rural Vermont and rural America:


"Rural America continues to lag behind the rest of the country when it comes to broadband deployment," Leahy said. Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on Wednesday sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary ...


Here's What 65 Looks Like around Here:


Rethink your stereotypes of rural seniors. With bodies fit and healthcare more affordable, some are ready to move into a new period of productivity and community service. By Donna Kallner Full ...


People on the Land: USDA Initiative Encourages Regional Cooperation:


Reaching out across the county line or city limits can be challenging for small rural communities. A new program at USDA is designed to reward communities that learn to work together on regional ...


Robert Scoble - Here's how small-town America is primed to beat Silicon Valley in innovation:


I'm seeing signs that the flow of talent from small town America to Silicon Valley is reversing, though, and wanted to understand it. One huge reason? Housing costs. Everyone loved taunting me with ...


Breaking Down Rural - Urban Barriers:


A couple years ago two arts leaders, one living in the largest city in Kentucky and the other in a small traditionally mining town, had a hunch that good things would happen if they got creative folks ...


Rule Would Allow Insurers to Discriminate against Rural:


Health insurers could still participate in the federal Marketplace, even if some rural residents had to travel hours to get treatment. The proposed changes are worst for low-population-density ...


Rural America At A Glance Webinar, 1/13, Online:


This report highlights the most recent indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas, focusing on the U.S. rural economy, including employment, population, poverty trends, and educational ...

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