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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 ...


Livingston, Montana Is Home to More Writers Than Any Other City in America:


Livingston is a small town near Yellowstone -- it's also the country's least expected literary hotspot. Here's how the town attracts writers (and readers) from all over the world. By Jim Hoehn https://livability.com/mt/community/this-montana-town-is-home-to-more-writers-than-any-other-city-in-america *** Montana ...


Reaching rural America with broadband internet service:




Colstrip, Montana begins transition plan away from coal:


With $10 million on the table to the get the job done, Colstrip began laying plans Monday for life after power-plant shareholder Puget Sound Energy cuts ties to coal. By TOM LUTEY tlutey@billingsgazette.com ...


Challis, Idaho, found success by embracing Lombard Trail users:


"There are a lot of communities that are quite the places to go for people to ride their bikes; little breweries popping up, and little mountain-type groups. You have to get the trail systems so people ...


Is That Rural Hospital Really Necessary?:


Amidst the concern over rural hospital closures in North Carolina and across the U.S., a recent study reaches the somewhat controversial conclusion that not every rural Critical Access Hospital (CAH) ...


Home at the Headwaters: After recovering from the loss of its founding industry, Three Forks looks to continue bucking the trend of small town Montana:


THREE FORKS -- Gene Townsend likes to talk about railroads. Seated at his kitchen table, the longtime Three Forks mayor and current city council member takes a sip of coffee -- his third cup of the ...


Ovando, Montana takes a lesson from Twin Bridges, embraces bicycle tourism:


Leigh Ann Valiton watched a customer meander the aisles of the Blackfoot Commercial Co. in Ovando. Valiton's store, and attached Inn, is open until 7 every evening, but it was 10 p.m. and she showed no ...


WEBINAR: Rural Information Center-Resources For Rural Communities - 1/31- Online:


2018-01-31 12:00:00 Online Contact: USDA NIFA Division of Family & Consumer Sciences will host a webinar on the USDA Rural Information Center (RIC), a service of the National Agriculture ...


10 factors that will shape rural communities:


"The rural economy is uniquely impacted by what happens in Washington, the broader U.S. economy and around the world," says Dan Kowalski, vice president of CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Division. "In the ...


How will millennials impact the future of Butte and beyond?:


As a generation, millennials sometimes get a bad rap. Some have called them the generation lazy, while others have accused the group of being responsible for the demise of the retail industry. Just ...


Task Force Creates a Road Map for Rural America:




Under pressure of growth, Manhattan, Montana tries to keep small-town identity:


An image from 1921 hangs in one of Manhattan's largest downtown businesses. The scene in black and white shows women in dresses and men in collared shirts before storefront windows. A man leans against ...


Can rural towns stem the trend of population decline?:


Small-town Choteau, Montana, is working to find answers to the question that is plaguing 23 of the state's counties. Melody Martinsen/Choteau Acantha http://www.hcn.org/articles/the-montana-gap-can-rural-towns-stem-the-trend-of-population-decline *** Montana ...


America's forgotten towns: Can they be saved or should people just leave?:


One of the great debates in American politics and economics in 2018 is likely to be how to help the country's forgotten towns, the former coal-mining and manufacturing hubs with quaint Main Streets that ...


Rural Communities' Untapped Potential for Growth:


Building such an ecosystem requires assessing local assets and resources, engaging people associated with them, and creating mechanisms for bringing those people and prospective entrepreneurs together, ...


Foreign-Born Residents Account for Most of Rural Population Growth:


In a period of very low population growth, an increase in the number of rural residents who were born in foreign countries helped keep the non-urban population stable from 2010 to 2015. By ...


Where the Small-Town American Dream Lives On:




A New Generation Is Returning to Practice the Small-Town Art of Participation:


A new generation of young people is returning to rural areas to immerse themselves in the difficult and rewarding work of being part of a community. Maybe rural America has something to teach ...
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