Resources for Rural Economic Developers
Learning | Growing | Connecting
Your community isn’t Anywhere, USA. It has stories to tell—tales of historic moments, epic failures, innovative products, resilient businesses and colorful people. How can your community take its most distinct stories and turn them into a compelling and unified message?
Brain drain—the loss of 18-29 year olds—dominates the conversation about rural population change. Yet at the same time, a lesser known migration is occurring. A majority of rural counties are, in fact, experiencing “brain gains” as newcomers age 30-49 move in.
Gathering the Community
Committing to the Plan
Hazen, North Dakota is a community committed to the arts and beautifying their city. In 2002, the Hazen Chamber of Commerce proposed a city park be built on an empty commercial lot downtown as a beautification project. read more