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Speak Your Piece: Getting Real about Rural Resilience

Rural America’s economic crisis has generated a flurry of commentary from pundits about what to do. Some argue that policymakers should just get real; that “nobody knows” what to do about rural America’s accelerating economic marginalization. They warn against wasteful public investment schemes to bail out failed economies. Others say manufacturing can return while some […]

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Speak Your Piece: What’s Possible in Rural America? Plenty

To paraphrase the famous writer from America’s heartland: reports of rural America’s demise are greatly exaggerated. Paul Krugman’s recent New York Times  column, “Getting Real About Rural America,” would have readers believe that the heartland’s challenges are simply unsolvable. That fatalism is at odds with what we see in our daily work with hundreds of diverse […]