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Job Creation, Business Growth and State Policy: Glimpses of the Third Wave

Paper seeks to analyze the role of entrepreneurship as a means of combining resources and adding value to institutions in order to improve public policy.

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Thrive Rural Theory of Change Working Group

The Theory of Change Working Group for Thrive Rural is a broad array of leading practitioners, academics, and experts from...

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NAFTA: An Assesment

Document summarizes the central provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and evaluates the economic impact of the agreement.

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Charlie Alfero

Executive Advisor, The Center for Health Innovation

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Commentary: Challenging Everything We Know about Funding as a Path to Thriving Rural Communities

In an op-ed for Daily Yonder, Bonita Robertson-Hardy of the Community Strategies Group writes on how rural communities, funders, and other stakeholders’ approach to economic development can mean the difference between success and stagnation.

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Adult workers: Retraining the American Workforce

Paper focuses on the need for states to develop enhanced high-skilled job training in lieu of increasing global competition for low-wage labor.

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Build Momentum

Communities and regions, no matter their starting points, produce and celebrate the small wins and steady progress that fuel hope and persistence.

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Rethinking Rural Development

Report explores the increasing role of local government in improving holes in the development net that state and federal governments would otherwise overlook.

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Tyler Bowders

Senior Program Associate

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Learning Through Collaboration: Field Leaders Drive Critical Conversations

Setting the scene: Over eight hundred people in the virtual room, watching and listening, sharing resources in the chat, and...

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Redesign Required: Four Ideas for Reimagining Federal Rural Policy in the COVID-19 Era

This is the second in a series (see Part 1) on how to ensure development investments that are part of...

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Mapping Rural Colleges

This interactive map features rural colleges across the US. Users can filter their search by location type, sector, and rurality.