Down Home and High Tech: Innovative Rural Communities Receive National Recognition

High-speed internet connections and innovative leadership are resulting in economic boons for small towns and rural areas. The Rural Innovation Initiative recognizes nine such communities around the United States.... READ MORE

Speak Your Piece: Arkansas Battles over Municipal Broadband

Will Arkansas become the first state to rescind its ban on local-government ownership of internet service providers? With the issue before the state Legislature, citizen input could have an impact on the decision.... READ MORE

Union of Concerned Scientists: Rural Drivers Have Most to Gain from Clean Vehicles

Drivers living outside urban areas have farther to drive for work, shopping and trips to the doctor, so they spend more on gas and repairs and produce more emissions per capita. Switching to clean vehicles would save money; it would also help the environment.... READ MORE

Land Use Planning More Effective Than Logging to Reduce Wildfire Risk

Timber management on federal lands can be justified for valid reasons — protecting watersheds, conserving wildlife habitat, promoting overall forest health —  but it rarely helps communities confront looming wildfire disasters. The best solutions: better land use planning and improved building designs.... READ MORE

Speak Your Piece | Go for the Vacation, Stay for the Worker Subsidy

Vermont is offering $10,000 to workers who move with their remote job to the state. It’s part of larger efforts in Northern New England to attract more young people. ... READ MORE

Speak Your Piece | Why Your Hospital Bill Is Too High – Or Too Low

Medical billing systems drive up the cost of commercial health insurance. One way to ease that strain is to get more low-income people on Medicaid.... READ MORE

How Do You Reinvent a Rural Economy? $100 at a Time

“Explore Elkin” takes small individual investments and parlays them into bigger returns for the old mill town of Elkin, North Carolina. Instead of a pop and a fizzle, the program has created a slow burn of special events, marketing, and accurate self-promotion.... READ MORE

Rural And Reluctant About Rehab

When injury, illness or aging make life harder, rehabilitation services can help, if you can overcome the first hurdle — living in a rural area.... READ MORE

Rural ‘Recreation Counties’ Show More Population Resilience

From 2010-16 nonmetropolitan America lost population. But counties that have recreation economies (hiking, whitewater, climbing, four-wheeling, etc.) grew slightly over the same period, according to a new report from Headwaters Economics.... READ MORE

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