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“A New Generation of Welcome in Rural Kansas” via Rural Assembly on YouTube.

Editor’s Note: This story was produced by the Rural Assembly, a program of the nonprofit Center for Rural Strategies, which also publishes the Daily Yonder.

How do we create welcoming communities in rural places? Leaders from a number of towns across Kansas are discussing a variety of ways their work can do just that.

That includes leaders like Paul Cloutier of A Bolder Humboldt, an organization that’s imagining—and rebuilding—a 165-year-old, rural Kansas town for a new generation of vibrancy and relevance.

“I like this idea of rural as the frontier: this place that sort of suggests newness and change,” Cloutier said. “I think that means welcoming new people and new ideas because really that’s our only option. We don’t have any other chance. We kind of have to rewrite our destiny anyway, so why not rewrite it in such as a way that it is more inclusive and welcoming?”

Video by Joel Cohen. Story by Tracy Staley.

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