Combine talent and innovation in one region and remarkable things can happen. Witness the cluster of glass makers in the mountains of Western North Carolina.
From the Blues Trail through the Delta to the Walter Anderson Museum on the Gulf Coast, rural Mississippi's economy is bouyed by what we call the "creative economy."
Rural businesses grow bigger and faster when they are closer together. In Vermont, a cluster of food-related businesses is thriving. The state needs to make sure this group of businesses has access to skilled workers.