JOBS & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

Rural people have unique assets and expertise. Investing in their strengths creates inclusive, sustainable growth that generates jobs and strengthens communities.


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Toward Racial Equity & Rural Prosperity

ChangeLab Solutions

Explore a suite of resources from ChangeLab Solutions designed to help community organizations, policymakers, and other changemakers advance racial equity and rural prosperity.

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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 Trust and Visibility Through Community-Based Participatory Research at Rural Minority-Serving Institutions

This research brief explores how rural MSIs and approaches to community-based participatory research can be used to better understand MSIs’ nature and practices.

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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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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economic and community development serve as a reminder of active federal involvement in the 20th century, but they are outdated, fragmented, and incoherent.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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Rural Development Hubs Report

This report focuses on the role — and aggregates the wisdom — of a specific set of intermediaries that are doing development differently in rural America. We focus on Rural Development Hubs because they are main players advancing an asset-based, wealth-building, approach to rural community and economic development.

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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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Measure Up: A Call to Action

Today, we have a generational opportunity to strengthen prosperity and equity in communities and Native nations across the rural United…

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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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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.

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Connecting Minority-Serving institutions and Rural Research

Exploring the potential for MSIs to produce more rural research and integrate rural perspectives into established and developing rural-focused research systems. 


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A Conversation with NEF about Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Preservation, and Workforce Housing

Rural LISC

In a webinar organized by Rural LISC, experts from the National Equity Fund provide an update on tax credit pricing and what makes a rural tax credit project attractive to investors.

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Federal Farm Bill: Big Impacts in Rural Communities

Rural Development Initiatives (RDI)

Despite its name, the Farm Bill impacts far more than just farmers and ranchers. It’s a complex package of federal legislation signed into law every five years that has sweeping effects. Rural Development Initiatives explains what’s in the Farm Bill and what it could mean for rural communities if the Farm Bill is not extended.

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Transforming Persistent Poverty in America – How Community Development Financial Institutions Drive Economic Opportunity

Partners for Rural Transformation (PRT)

Eight out of 10 US counties in persistent poverty are nonmetro, and the majority of people living in persistent poverty counties are people of color. PRT examines structural exclusion that affects the nation’s most distressed communities and proposes recommendations to create conditions that advance social and economic opportunity.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Learning to Grow Equitable Outdoor Recreation Economies

Discussion with rural leaders on the opportunity equitable outdoor recreation economies pose to rural areas.

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Connecting to Family, Community, and Heritage in Eagle Butte, South Dakota

Brookings Institution

In a podcast episode, Brookings Senior Fellow Tony Pipa visits Eagle Butte, South Dakota, to hear how local business owners, tribal administrators, and leaders from the Four Bands Community Fund are working to build credit and center local voices in development.

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Communicating for Connection: West Virginia Community Development Hub

This short case study has insights and tips on how rural development practitioners can move beyond neutrality and still communicate effectively with community members from across the political spectrum.