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Rural cities work to attract, retain youth

“The lower median age is the golden barometer for cities,” Sobiek said. “It shows you are going into the future.”

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Speak Your Piece: Times’ Rural Economics Analysis (“The Hard Truths of Trying to ‘Save’ the Rural Economy.” ) Omits a Wealth of Options

“Instead of so-called place-based policies to revitalize small towns,” Porter writes, “why not help their residents take advantage of opportunities where the opportunities are?” 

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The Hard Truths of Trying to ‘Save’ the Rural Economy

Can rural America be saved?

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Silicon Valley is betting on one Iowa town’s efforts to bring tech jobs to rural America

If successful, leaders want to replicate the initiative in other rural towns and states, creating opportunities in regions being emptied of jobs and people.

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How rural America is turning into a digital desert

The more digital your job is, the likelier you are to be paid well.

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Rural Americans Are Rebooting the Spirit of the Internet

In one sense, this is merely a story about how to end the rural-urban digital divide: Don’t rely on big corporations, and instead help locals band together with the kind of government grants or low-cost loans that helped bring electrification in the 1930s.

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How one tiny town is battling ‘rural brain drain’

Outdoor recreation opportunities are key in attracting people to rural communities. That type of investment in recreation opportunities is rare, but important to a small town.

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Working in Rural Requires – and Inspires – Courage

Rural people vary in many ways, but they share the common values of community, and they believe their communities can inspire courage. Rural people "do hard things."

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When rural communities thrive, Montana thrives – Lt. Governor Mike Cooney

Farmers and ranchers described what is a "perfect storm" threatening Montana’s most important industry.

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Speak Your Piece: What’s D.C. Doing for Rural Internet? Not Enough

Opinion: The Federal Communications Commission is rolling back consumer protection to make things easier for telecommunications giants. Meanwhile, congressional measures that could help are moving slowly or not at all.

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