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Want to rescue rural America? Bust monopolies.:




Stanford's Bill Lane Center for the American West addresses issues plaguing the rural west:




Disabled, or just desperate? Rural Americans turn to disability as jobs dry up:


Across large swaths of the country, disability has reshaped scores of mostly white, almost exclusively rural communities, where as many as one-third of working-age adults live on monthly disability checks, ...


Major overhaul to help rural Colorado could be a game changer for the legislative session:


The bill redirects money to rural schools and roads and allows millions more for hospitals By John Frank | jfrank@denverpost.com and Brian Eason | brianeason@denverpost.com | The Denver Post Full ...


Want to Revitalize Rural America? Forgive Student Loan Debt for Young Farmers:


The National Young Farmers Coalition makes headway on a loan forgiveness bill in Congress. "Regardless of how you feel about the results of the November election, no one is denying that we need ...


Where is 'rural America,' and what does it look like?:


Rural people and issues generally receive little attention from the urban-centric media and policy elites. Yet, rural America makes unique contributions to the nation's character and culture as well as ...


Urban, rural American get into a knife fight:


Smarter people than me have made the observation that the divide we are witnessing in America today is less liberal versus conservative than it is urban versus rural. Another good example came to us ...


Get It Done: In This Town of 1,000, One Successful Project Led to the Next:


Like many small communities, Keota, Iowa, faces some challenges. But the idea that they aren't big enough to take on large projects isn't one of them. At least not any more. Business operator Melinda ...


8 Rural and Small Town Trends for 2017:


Every year, I read the latest batch of trends articles: tech trends, small business trends, marketing trends. I find myself wondering, where the heck do these people live? Because it's obviously not in ...


8 Rural and Small Town Trends for 2017:


New trends that apply in rural places, small towns and any community under about 20,000 in population. ... These trends are either just now emerging or are already in full swing. What will the next ...


Bridging the Rural-Urban 'Conservation Gap' :


An Oregon resident who helps maintain and protect backcountry trails in the National Forest says urban conservation groups aren't doing enough to find common ground with rural residents. It's there, ...


What's behind the growing urban, rural divide?:


An overwhelming percentage of the United States -- about 97 percent-- is considered rural, but is home to only a small percentage of the population -- about 19 percent. The remaining 80 percent live in ...


Wyden, Merkley fight to save 'lifeline' for rural communities - Senators seek renewed Secure Rural Schools funding:


"The notion that these investments in rural communities could be killed and replaced with logging alone is disconnected from reality," Wyden said. "I will continue to pursue a comprehensive, reality-based ...


Taking Charge: How Rural Residents Are Switching from Employees to Business Owners:


The retirement of the baby boom generation of business proprietors is predicted to result in a major turnover in ownership. Developing an ownership succession plan is especially challenging in rural areas ...


For Rural America to Win In Corporate Site Selection and Economic Development :




Democrats search for a path back into rural America's good graces:


Democrats continue to digest last month's election results and probably will do so for months to come. The devastation of losing a presidential contest most Democrats thought they would win has been compounded ...


The Urban-Rural Divide Is Growing and 'We're Living With the Consequences':


Density becomes a marker for politics. Author Bill Bishop, who has spent years studying America's political segregation, discusses what it means for politics and progress. You have increasing ...


Intensely Local: How Some Rural Hospitals Thrive:


Under myriad pressures, an increasing number of rural hospitals are either shutting their doors or joining up with large systems. Some, though, continue to do quite well as independents. By ...


In New Mexico, a way out of the boom-bust cycle?:


Lea County tries a different formula for rural success. Seeking to capitalize off its reputation as an energy producer, Lea County rebranded itself as "The EnergyPlex," and started recruiting nuclear, ...


The lost generation of rural Americans:


There are 50 million rural residents in the United States and some families are disenfranchised by the isolation and poverty. National Rural Assembly chair Dee Davis says a new effort called "Kids, ...


Can The Arts Help Save Rural America?:




Federal loans given to Montana groups for rural community improvement:




Giving Rural Youth Reasons to Stay, Thrive in Smalltown America:


A nationwide movement aimed at improving the quality of life in rural America, including Missouri, says it's now focused on involving youth. The National Rural Assembly http://ruralassembly.org/ - ...


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


A report released last week by the Census Bureau showing that Americans, rich, poor and middle class, saw their incomes rise last year was greeted gleefully by economists. But in rural America, ...


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 ...

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