Who Represents Rural America: An Analysis of Rural Development Needs, Policy, and Institutions

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This report summarizes the survey over thirty experts in the rural economic development sphere (directors of grassroots rural organizations, policy institutes, rural advocates, state and federal government officials, congressional aides, academics, and general policy experts.)

The report was made as a part of self-evaluation of the Aspen Institute’s Rural Economic Policy Program in its ability to effectively strengthen the quality and relevance of the research which policymakers use to develop rural policy and programs. It calls for REPP to focus on creating networks to influence the debate of the formal and informal policymaking process, broker rural development information, and disseminate its own and other’s rural policy research findings widely to policymakers and to the general public.

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