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The Importance of Farmer's Markets to Rural Businesses, Local Economies:


When buying our favorite fruits and vegetables from the farmer's market, we typically don't have the economy in mind. But that is exactly what we're helping grow when we shop at our local farmer's ...


Rural Grocery Co-ops Get Down to Business:


Interest in forming rural grocery cooperatives is spreading across Montana! Here is an update on the progress of three co-op stores that are making a real difference in their rural communities. The ...


MCDC Receives Grant In Support of Rural Grocery Cooperatives:


The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has awarded the Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) a $16,500 technical assistance grant. ...


#Rural2pt0: Rural Renaissance and Digital Parity:


The digital age has the potential to eliminate density and geographic proximity requirements that were so critical during the industrial age. By Roberto Gallardo http://www.dailyyonder.com/rural2pt0-rural-renaissance-digital-parity/2018/07/18/26522/ *** Iowa ...


Rural by Choice: Seeing Another Side of the Story:




Dem Plan Calls for Investing in Rural Growth Industries:




Rural Funders Urge Philanthropies to Let Communities Lead the Way:


Philanthropies that focus on rural communities in Colorado, Oregon and Texas say they work more through organizers and "embedded staff" and less through gatekeeping program officers. "We no longer ...


Brain Gain: Professionals Find Niche in Rural Upper Midwest:


Cory Ritterbusch and Emily Lubcke sought out Shullsburg, Wisconsin (population 1,209), for the quality of life it offered them and their children. The young couple aren't the only ones going to ...


What rural America needs to succeed in the digital economy:




Are Any Small Towns Flourishing?:


In other words, our data analysis suggests that if a rural area has widely available and adopted broadband, it can start to successfully attract or retain millennials. Norman Jacknis - Senior Fellow, ...


North Carolina earmarks $10M to expand rural broadband:




'Our Towns': How small cities aren't just surviving, but thriving:




People who live in small towns and rural areas are happier than everyone else, researchers say:




Rent hikes, homelessness and hunger in a small Western city:




Covering rural America: What reporters get wrong and how to get it right:


Sarah Smarsh reports on socioeconomic class, politics and more for national and international outlets, including The Guardian, The New Yorker and The Cut. Her forthcoming book, Heartland: A Daughter ...


CBS Sunday Morning - Small town America in renewal:


We hear it over and over again: America is a house divided, split between trendy metropolitan areas enjoying a boom, and smaller cities and towns stuck in a downward spiral. It's a familiar story, ...


Rebuild America's rural infrastructure:


Some people remember when many rural households didn't have electricity or running water. Although those days are long gone for most, there's still lots of room for improvement in the American infrastructure ...


U.S. Department of Agriculture launches rural development web page + Montana's first guide to agritourism:


USDA's Rural Development Innovation Center looking for public feedback via new web page http://www.usda.gov/topics/rural/rural-development-innovation-center. "Rural communities need forward-thinking ...


When It Comes to Broadband, Millennials Vote with Their Feet - Rural Communities with bad broadband suffer:


When they live in remote rural areas, millennials are more likely to reside in a county that has better digital access. The findings could indicate that the digital economy is helping decentralize ...


Microsoft Looks for Ways to Increase Impact in Rural Areas:


The tech giant has a goal of helping individuals "achieve more." In rural areas, the company is looking for ways to connect local capacity with learning and business opportunities, according to ...


Italian towns offer warning for rural America:


Small towns and villages across Italy are dying, at risk of becoming "abbandonato." "Abbandonato." The subtle marking on a makeshift map gave me a bit of hope a few years ago when I walked ...


Rural Counties Are Making a Comeback, Census Data Shows:


Some long-declining small towns and farming and manufacturing counties are adding people as population growth in large cities cools, according to a Stateline analysis of census estimates released Thursday. ...


How Older Female Entrepreneurs Boost Rural Communities:


Governments must stop seeing the old purely as a liability. In particular, older women in rural areas can have a big impact on social and economic prosperity. Elizabeth Isele Associate Fellow, ...


Yes, startups can flourish in rural America:


Living in rural America comes with challenges and benefits. Many see rural areas as offering a more relaxed pace of life, or as the center of the country's agricultural economy. But rural America ...


The Economic Colonization of Rural America:




Microsoft partners with Michigan company to bring internet access to 82,000 rural residents:


As part of a recent push to increase rural broadband access in the U.S., Microsoft announced today that it will partner with Michigan-based Packerland Broadband. The goal is toprovide internet access ...


Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Have a New 'Duty' to Serve Rural America:


New rules require these mortgage giants to do more business in rural America, freeing up more capital there for additional home mortgages. The best way to do this would be for Fannie and Freddie ...


A Montana town clings to its small-town identity under pressure:




When a Montana town wants to grow -- but not too quickly:




Saving America's Small Cities:


Small cities are an asset to the country, so politicians and thinkers on the left and right would do well to stop calling for their inhabitants to flee. Everyone, including the president, thinks ...

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