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Rural Population Grows Slightly; Remote Counties Lose Residents, New Census Data Shows
Domestic and international migration drove the growth in rural population in 2022. But a low ratio of births-to-deaths tempered those gains, according to the latest population estimates from the Census Bureau.
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Death on a Dairy Farm
When an 8-year-old Nicaraguan boy was run over on a Wisconsin dairy farm, authorities blamed his father and closed the case. Meanwhile, the community of immigrant workers knows a completely different story.
Covid Relief Funding has Ended and Now a Small Town in Virginia has to Cut its Budget by 25%
Scottsville, Virginia’s mayor hoped a proposed apartment project would save them, but Council voted it down.
Pandemic Exacerbates Affordable Housing Shortage in Colorado Ski Towns
In mountain resort communities, demand for affordable housing is high, but supply is scarce.
Moonshine: From No Business to Big Business
Once illegal but highly sought-after, the hard “likker” of Appalachia is slowly trickling into the wide river of government-sanctioned booze.
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Microsoft to Expand Program That Grows Economic Development in Rural Areas
The tech giant is set to expand TechSpark to all 50 states as it looks to grow place-based economic development opportunities through digital skills training.
A Clip from the Documentary ‘East Kentucky Flood’: Isom IGA
“When it comes down to it, we all want the same thing. We all want to help and have a servant’s heart for one another.”
Commentary: Challenging Everything We Know about Funding as a Path to Thriving Rural Communities
“Flipping the script” on how rural communities, funders and other stakeholders approach economic development can mean the difference between success and stagnation.
A Clip from the Documentary ‘East Kentucky Flood’: The Drunk Angels
“They stayed with us three days. I don’t think they drew a sober breath while they was here. They just kept on a-cooking.”
Rural Americans Aren’t Included in Inflation Figures. For Them, the Cost of Living May Be Rising Faster
The data used by the Federal Reserve to set interest rates don’t include numbers from rural America.
In Search of Cheap Power and Land, Crypto Companies Look to Nebraska
Cryptocurrency is carving itself a home in rural Nebraska, bringing with it both jobs and an enormous demand on the state’s electrical grid. Critics say it could be cause for environmental concern.