Infrastructure

Every community deserves to be connected to clean water, good transportation options, high-speed internet, and the essentials they need to succeed.


Research Brief
Infrastructure
Maximizing New Federal Investments in Broadband for Rural America

Brookings Institution

Congress has appropriated billions of dollars to close the digital divide and ensure universal, reliable, and affordable broadband access across the US, but rural areas are the type of community most likely to encounter challenges to access and adoption. How can smart policy help end the digital divide once and for all?

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Through Natural Disaster to Prosperity: A Call to Action

Need actionable steps in your equitable disaster preparedness or recovery work? This report highlights best practices from the field.

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The Equity of Economic Opportunity in Rural America

The Center on Rural Innovation (CORI)

Research on rural America’s economic opportunity from CORI highlights growing disparities due to the knowledge economy’s focus on urban areas. It emphasizes the need for equitable policy and investment in rural regions to address systemic inequities and enable rural participation in the knowledge economy.

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Regional Clusters and Rural Development

Brookings Institution

Implementation of the Build Back Better Regional Challenge offers an enormous opportunity to advance how regional approaches can benefit — or disadvantage — rural places.

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When Communities Keep Flooding: A Rural Environmental Justice Case Study

This short case study has insights and tips on addressing the causes and conditions contributing to flooding in rural places, as well as to envision and build thriving futures of equitable rural prosperity.

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Strategies to Address Rural Flooding

Insights from practitioners in rural places experiencing repeated disasters on what it will take to for rural communities to drive their own solutions.

Research Brief
InfrastructureJobs & Workforce Development
Reimagining Rural policy: Organizing Federal Assistance to Maximize Rural Prosperity

Brookings Institution

The federal programs available today to promote rural economic and community development serve as a reminder of active federal involvement in the 20th century, but they are outdated, fragmented, and incoherent. How can federal policy more effectively support development in rural America?

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Mapping a New Terrain: Call to Action

As new rural outdoor recreation economies take root, we can meet this moment by improving how we do outdoor recreation development to better support rural families, businesses, and workers, create more sustainable and equitable economic systems, and improve local health and wellbeing.

Research Brief
InfrastructureJobs & Workforce Development
The Potential of the CHIPS and Science Act for Rural America

Brookings Institution

The CHIPS and Science Act passed with bipartisan support and marked a major investment in America’s scientific research and technology leadership. What benefits could the legislation have for rural places?


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Building on a Legacy of Community Resilience in Sunflower County, Mississippi

Brookings Institution

In a podcast episode, Brookings Senior Fellow Tony Pipa visits two towns in Sunflower County, Mississippi, to hear how local leaders and homecomers—those returning to their rural hometowns—describe their efforts to build communities where people want to live. They highlight the role of beauty and leisure in achieving their visions.

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How Poor Water Access Dilutes Quality of Life in Rural Areas

ChangeLab Solutions

Rural communities struggle with water access due to an array of factors, such as poor infrastructure and high costs. Explore solutions ranging from better legislation, targeted funding, and community engagement in water board elections to ensure equitable access and improve health outcomes.

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Infrastructure
Understanding Broadband Resilience and Natural Disaster Risk

Center on Rural Innovation (CORI)

It’s essential to build resilient broadband systems to withstand natural disasters, but resilience varies by region and type of infrastructure. New research and tools from CORI will help in planning/upgrading broadband infrastructure in disaster-prone areas, ensuring continuity in communication and public safety services.

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Broadband Connection in Rural Communities

ChangeLab Solutions

Improving rural broadband is key to enhancing health, education, and economic equity. It ensures access to health and emergency services and reduces the digital divide that disproportionately affects BIPOC and low-income families. Explore how increasing capital access and flexible policy strategies can advance rural life.

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Equitable Economic Development Playbook

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC)

Mar. 13th, 2023, 2PM

Rural entrepreneurs face significant roadblocks to needed resources, preventing more businesses from forming in rural areas. In an IEDC webinar, experts share strategies and tools that would support rural small businesses.

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A Recipe for a Rural Policy Renaissance

Brookings Institution

In a podcast episode, Brookings Senior Fellow Tony Pipa shares lessons from rural residents about how to effectively support rural communities across America.

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What Is Possible When High-Speed Broadband Comes To Town

Center on Rural Innovation (CORI)

The impact of high-speed broadband in rural America can be transformative, enabling job attraction, innovation hubs, youth tech education, entrepreneurial growth, and improved health outcomes. Learn what’s possible when high-speed internet comes to town from five innovative communities across the US.

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Infrastructure
Raising the Roof: Solutions for Rural Homelessness

Rural LISC

Apr. 19th, 2023, 1PM

Everyone deserves a place to call home, yet homelessness is on the rise in many communities across America. In this webinar, experts from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness share approaches for addressing rural homelessness, and a practitioner shares their work to prevent and end homelessness in rural West Virginia.

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Transforming Coal Country in Shamokin, Pennsylvania

Brookings Institution

In a podcast episode, Brookings Senior Fellow Tony Pipa visits a former coal town on its way to becoming an outdoor recreation destination after decades of decline. He learns how mine remediation projects are helping spur community renewal from the local leaders who are helping inspire change.

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Building Assets: Strengthening Community in Low-Wealth Rural Areas

NeighborWorks America

Learning Communities offer a meaningful opportunity for practitioners to come together to better understand practices, contexts, and trends related to their work. This report details lessons and recommendations from a six-month Learning Community focused on strengthening community in low-wealth rural areas.

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Developing a Resilient Downtown in Globe, Arizona

Brookings Institution

In a podcast episode, Brookings Senior Fellow Tony Pipa speaks with residents who have moved back to the boom-and-bust copper mining town of Globe, Arizona, to revitalize its historic district.

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Infrastructure
Pathways to Improved Housing Quality in Rural Places

ChangeLab Solutions

Improving housing quality in rural areas where aging homes are common benefits the communities’ health and economy. Learn how strategies supported by public and private funding, like proactive rental inspections and rehabilitation programs, can address rural challenges.

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Rural America’s Tech Employment Landscape

Center on Rural Innovation (CORI)

This research highlights key aspects of rural tech employment and why they are crucial for policymakers and rural leaders alike to leverage for enhancing tech education and job opportunities.

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Raising the Roof: Solar on Rural and Tribal Housing

Rural LISC

Despite its many benefits, communities still face numerous challenges to financing and installing solar. Hear from housing solar experts on their experience deploying solar in rural and tribal communities using a nonprofit development model, and from a Rural LISC partner on shared lessons from a recent solar feasibility study.

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IRSG Rural Organizing Dialogue Series

Neighborhood Funders Group

In a dialogue series hosted by the Integrated Rural Strategies Group, funders come together to learn from rural leaders — and each other — about recent developments and best practices in equitable rural development.