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Public TV Puts Rural America in the Spotlight:


As Congress moves toward debate over tax reform, revenue for programs like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting may be at stake. This report looks at how one stream of public-media funding stream has ...


From Coal to Kale: Saving Rural Economies with Local Food:




'Geography should not be destiny': Forum explores rural challenges, solutions:




Don't Forget Rural America In Open Internet Debate:


The Federal Communications Commission's proposal to reclassify broadband as an information service - the status it had for nearly two decades under which the internet grew and flourished -- has received ...


Herbert: 'Time for action, time for doing' regarding rural job growth :


On what was to simply be the statewide rollout of his 25,000 rural jobs initiative, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said Thursday he wasn't satisfied that enough is being done. "I'm not really as happy as I ...


The Rural Advantage: Rural Upbringing Raises Kids' Future Earnings, Study Shows:


Rural areas are more likely to have a combination of factors that help poor children succeed in the labor market later in life. Raj Chetty's massive national study turns conventional wisdom on ...


Low-interest financing for essential community facilities:


Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation https://mtcdc.org/ offers low-interest, long-term loans to public bodies, non-profits, and federally-recognized tribes in communities of less than 20,000 ...


Medicaid Work Requirements Could Create Additional Problems in Rural:


Eight states have asked the federal government for permission to make Medicaid recipients work or look for work to qualify for benefits. But one in five participants is already working or wants ...


Top Small Town and Rural Small Business Trends For 2017:




Rural America's Future Is Riding on a Cell Signal:


It's critical for the economic future of rural America that CoverageCo and companies like it succeed. In the wake of the Trump election, there has been new focus on the struggles of rural America. While ...


Rural America's image problem:


Rural America has a problem with its image, one that may come to haunt both the Trump administration and the Democrats as they try to address the region's problems and promote economic ...


Montana Senator Jon Tester Secures Over $2 Million for Rural Montana Water and Wastewater Infrastructure:


Senator Secures Funds to Update Critical Infrastructure, Create Jobs in Rural Communities U.S. Senator Jon Tester today secured over $2 million to update critical rural water infrastructure ...


Rural Communities Must Empower Youth - Has your Montana community taken advantage of MEDA's Resource Team Assessments?:


The future of rural America depends on attracting younger generations to make a life in smaller communities. That means listening to young people, responding to their interests, and sharing power. By ...


Rural divide:


America's cultural divide runs deep. While rural and urban Americans share some economic challenges, they frequently diverge on questions of culture and values. On few issues are they more at odds ...


Effective Rural Programs Are at 'Grave Risk':


Public programs that invest in rural America reduce poverty and expand the economy, an economist tells the Senate ag committee. Senators must exercise leadership to preserve these effective programs. Full ...


Chemistry Professor's Blues 'Experiment' Catalyzes Small-Town Cultural Revival:


Cliff Harris knew he wanted more music in his life, so when a historic theater re-opened in his small Michigan town, he thought it was the perfect opportunity to start a blues jam. Only problem? ...


Explained: The Many Definitions of Rural:


Wisconsin provides a case study in the varied methods for defining rural, and why that matters. "Rural is not simple to define, perhaps because the real question is rural for what purpose?" James ...


Is Rural America The New Inner City?:


America's countryside is dying, and in a meaningful, measurable way. Whether you look at median income or per capita income, the poorest places in the nation are rural and they are overwhelmingly ...


Speak Your Piece: The Economic Status of Rural America in the Trump Era:


The president is scheduled to release a more detailed budget proposal this week that will include major cuts in USDA Rural Development and other programs affecting rural America and rural regions. ...


'What Is the Impact on the Most Vulnerable Rural People?' - USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue's Announcement:


Rural advocates and political leaders respond to USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue's announcement that he will eliminate the undersecretary position that oversees programs for rural housing, broadband, ...


White House Adviser Erroneously Calls Ag the 'Primary Driver' of Rural Economy:


The White House's first initiative to tackle rural policy goes all in on commercial agriculture, starting with a vastly inaccurate overstatement on the economic weight of the farming sector. ...


Broadband 'Vouchers' Won't Help Rural America Connect; So What Will?:


A proposal from a former FCC staffer would destabilize rural America's broadband infrastructure and discourage investment. Instead, the Federal Communications Commission should focus on modifying the ...


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 ...

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