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The Calm Before the Storm: Disaster Planning and Rural Resilience

Flooding, tornadoes, drought, wildfire, and other extreme weather events cause major disruption and damage wherever they occur and have potential...

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Supporting EDA Reauthorization

For over a year, Aspen CSG has been leading work with Reimagining Rural Assistance Network (RRAN). RRAN is a focused,...

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Building an Infrastructure of Care

This week, the White House announced its support for the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework, hailing it as, “the largest long-term investment...

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Place Matters: Suiting Climate Solutions to Rural Regions

A recent New York Times article detailed the climate-related pros and cons of using wood pellets for heating in the Southeast United...

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For Our Clean Energy Economy Future, It’s Time to Tap Rural Innovation

Rural communities are integral to our nation’s economy, culture, history, and the environmental services that we all depend on. Yet...

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Federal Rural Policy Scan: Rebuild Rural America Act of 2021

With a new administration in Washington, we can expect many proposals for shifting the direction of rural policy and programming....

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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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The Electoral College and the Rural-Urban Divide

In the last two election cycles, much has been written and said about the disproportionate influence that rural voters and...

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Championing Rural Initiative: The Rural Development Innovation Group at Four Years

Over the past four years, the Rural Development Innovation Group has identified and highlighted what’s working in rural community and...

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Building Better Fundamentals for Rural Progress

Sector-specific solutions dominate rural policy. We often hear about rural health, rural water, rural housing, broadband, agriculture. These are pieces...

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Helping Rural Students Head to College in Uncertain Times

In early March, a group of experts and practitioners came together to discuss the challenges rural students face in pursuing...

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

This is the first in a two-part blog series on principles, ideas, and implementation considerations essential to ensuring that development...