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Gaps in Our Understanding of Rural Communities

Paper outlines efforts by the Rural Economic Policy Program to qualitatively expand base of knowledge about rural conditions relating to labor and income distribution.

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Support Local Efforts for Eastern Kentucky

See our curated list of local resources and organizations aiding relief and recovery in Eastern Kentucky.

Understanding State Economies Through Industry Studies

Paper describes key analytical concepts that have shaped some of the most effective efforts in state economic development research and policy formulation.

Communication Tools & Tactics: How to Drive up Engagement & Activate Diverse Audiences

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Residents’ perceptions and attitudes about limited stakes casino gambling and its impact on community life

Document shows copy of small-stakes gambling survey based on resident opinion.

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Building Power Together: Sustainable Forestry and African-American Land Retention Network

This short case study has insights and tips on how communities that have been historically and systematically excluded can develop authentic and effective leadership that builds power to challenge the status quo.

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Unprecedented Disparities, Unparalleled Adjustment Needs: Winners and Losers on the NAFTA ‘Fast Track’

This paper illustrates that the magnitude of disparities among proposed partners of NAFTA is greater than any disparities that have been associated with prior successful free trade experiences.

Thrive Rural NAC
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Whitney Kimball Coe

Director of National Programs, Center for Rural Strategies

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Prepare Action-Able Leadership

Communities have and prepare leaders with the will, skills, relationships, diversity, knowledge, and power needed to fully engage the community and the region to establish, align, and achieve priorities that increase both well-being and equity outcomes.

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Greater Expectations: The South’s Workforce is The South’s Future

Paper states Southern workforce should direct policy focus on skill training to keep up with changing economic tides and industries.

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Better Results: What does it take to build capacity in rural and Native nations communities?

Organizational capacity and technical assistance need to be carefully and intentionally strengthened in rural and Native nation communities to grow...