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Rural communities face a broad range of challenges in the 21st century, from demographic change to access to essential services to economic hardship. The Center for American Progress’ growing research on rural America aims to build inclusive rural narratives and develop equitable, progressive solutions.
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The Rural Partners Network places community liaisons in underserved rural areas that have historically faced challenges accessing and managing federal grants and resources.
Nov 6, 2023
Jenny Tran, Mark Haggerty
The U.S. Department of Energy requires developers applying for all the agency’s grant and loan programs to craft a community benefits plan, with the goal of leveraging public investments into broadly shared benefits in the communities where projects are sited.
Mark Haggerty, Anastasios Chryssikopoulos
These 10 federal programs are designed to expand capacity and bridge the gap between federal resources and the rural and Tribal communities that need them most.
Mark Haggerty, Chéri Smith
The Tech Hubs program within the CHIPS and Science Act is a major opportunity to provide equitable access to industry for underserved communities and economic growth for the country at large.
Sep 19, 2023
Ashleigh Maciolek, Justine Gluck, Sara Partridge, 1 More
Major climate and conservation gains hang in the balance as Congress reauthorizes the expiring farm bill; passing strong legislation that builds on historic investments from the Inflation Reduction Act is critical for the United States to lead the world on climate-smart agriculture and meet national land conservation goals.
May 25, 2023
Drew McConville, Jasia Smith, Mariel Lutz
While politicians and the media have largely focused their attention on gun violence in large cities, rural communities continue to see a rise in gun-related deaths.
Sep 26, 2022
David Correa, Nick Wilson
States have several tools available to help relieve rural care shortages and increase health care provider supply during the pandemic and beyond.
Feb 9, 2022
Thomas Waldrop, Emily Gee
A net-zero and equitable economy requires the participation and leadership of rural communities, enabled by foundational rural investments in the Build Back Better Act.
Nov 23, 2021
Mark Haggerty, Mike Williams, Lily Roberts, 1 More
For those in rural communities, especially low-income people and people of color, access to necessary high-quality internet will remain out of reach without government investment.
Jul 12, 2021
Caius Z. Willingham, Areeba Haider
The diversity and complexity of rural voters were on display in the 2020 election, particularly in states such as Georgia and Arizona.
Dec 22, 2020
With the rural-urban divide in the headlines, it is time to address long-standing inequities by building a more comprehensive equity analysis.
Nov 19, 2020
Olugbenga Ajilore, Katrina Badger
The pandemic has ravaged many rural communities, and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act would only further these harms.
Nov 12, 2020
The recent spikes in COVID-19 cases in rural America should spur policymakers to provide much-needed relief.
Oct 28, 2020
After four years under siege, rural America deserves equitable investment and a meaningful partnership with Washington.
Oct 5, 2020
Caius Z. Willingham
The United States must rethink how it invests in rural communities.
Sep 21, 2020
Olugbenga Ajilore, Caius Z. Willingham
Without clear, consistent action from policymakers, people and businesses will not have enough confidence to return to their jobs and daily activities in the wake of COVID-19.
Jul 27, 2020
The story of central Louisiana’s new community college holds lessons on improving opportunity in rural America—lessons that should help guide leaders responding to the economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic.
Jul 23, 2020
The coronavirus will cause devastation when it hits rural America; policymakers must prepare now to prevent this calamity.
Apr 28, 2020
Rural America has a higher proportion of vulnerable populations and more barriers to much-needed resources to keep its communities healthy.
Mar 5, 2020
Business growth in rural communities is falling behind that of other communities; this trend must be reversed in order to foster resilience.
Feb 20, 2020
Policies to improve soil health and sequester carbon can drive an additional $8 billion annually to rural communities and create close to $22,000 a year in added revenue for the average family farm.
Jan 8, 2020
Bidisha Bhattacharyya, Ryan Richards, Rita Cliffton
Rural America has yet to recover from the Great Recession, but by leveraging its communities’ unique strengths, it can build a brighter future for everyone.
Oct 21, 2019
Workers in highly concentrated labor markets need stronger antitrust enforcement and labor protections.
Sep 10, 2019
Caius Z. Willingham, Olugbenga Ajilore
Rural hospitals struggle financially with lower patient volumes, higher rates of uncompensated care, and physician shortages.
Sep 9, 2019
Tarun Ramesh, Emily Gee
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