rural communities

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Rural and Native Celebrations of the LGBTQ+ Community

A collection of rural, queer organizations and stories about rural communities and Native nations celebrating the LGBTQ+ community. Explore these moments to learn more about how queer people are celebrated in rural spaces. 

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

Insights and learnings from rural practitioners on how organizational capacity and technical assistance can be carefully and intentionally strengthened to grow economies, health, and livelihoods for each and every person in their regions.

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Native Nation Building: It Helps Rural America Thrive

This second in the Thrive Rural Field Perspectives series shows that when tribes center sovereignty, Indigenous institutions and culture in...

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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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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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Revealing Rural Realities: What Fuels Inaccurate and Incomplete Coverage of Rural Issues?

This report underscores and articulates how ongoing changes in the structure and business of media and journalism contribute to the...

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Rural Frontlines and COVID-19: Reporting from the Field

Turn on the radio or TV. Open a newspaper or website. COVID-19 is front and center. Photos from New York,...

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Introducing Thrive Rural: Connecting Rural Development, Health and Opportunity

One in five people in the U.S. lives in a rural or tribal community. Many rural places are dynamic and...

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Place-Based Shareholder Engagement: Where Community and Corporate Purpose Meet

Last week, the Business Roundtable, a powerhouse collective voice for business interests, released a new statement redefining corporate “purpose.” In it, they...

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Rural Development Hubs Executive Summary

In this brief we preview initial topline findings from the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group’s interviews with more than 40...