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White House Approves a Tax Rule Meant to Help Distressed Areas - The New York Times
The Treasury Department is poised to outline new rules stemming from the $1.5 trillion tax overhaul last year that are aimed at giving investors confidence to pour billions of dollars into distressed economic areas across the United States.
this-week-438  Around-the-web  Matt  economic-development  rural-economic-development  rural-economy  opportunity-zones 
27 days ago by areadevelopment
Rural broadband: It's complicated - American Enterprise Institute
Driving between Indianapolis and other parts of the state, one inevitably passes through many small towns and speeds by even more isolated farmhouses, some of which are among the last to enjoy high-speed internet access. Because of the lack of population density, building networks in these geographies is expensive, and sometimes prohibitive.
rural-economic-development  ICT  broadband  Around-the-web  this-week-434 
12 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Brain Gain: Professionals Find Niche in Rural Upper Midwest - Daily Yonder
Winchester looked at Census data to show that the so-called rural “brain drain” popularized in the 2009 book “Hollowing Out the Middle” is being countered by “brain gain.” Rural communities may be losing high school graduates, but they’re gaining residents with more skills and education, according to studies in Minnesota and Nebraska. In Minnesota, Winchester found that most rural Minnesota counties have gained 30- to 49-year-olds, early- to mid-career Minnesotans with significant resources and connections. 
workforce-mobility  diaspora  leading-locations  rural-economic-development  rural-economy  minnesota  wisconsin  Around-the-web  brain-drain  brain-gain  midwest  regional-reports  this-week-427-top  sfp-insider-7-13-2018 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
Automation is hitting small US businesses, and (surprise!) it’s not all bad - MIT Technology Review
Automation is bringing change to businesses large and small. We sat down with Liz Reynolds, executive director of MIT’s Work of the Future task force, to see how her research brings her in touch with small companies in the US that are already feeling the impact of robotics and AI.
automation  advanced-manufacturing  small-business  AI  industry4.0  Around-the-web  this-week-427  workforce-mobility  rural-economic-development 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
The Broadband Boost Small-Town America Needs - GOVERNING
Publicly owned internet networks are giving some rural regions an advantage over even the techiest big cities.
rural-economic-development  rural-economy  ICT  broadband  Around-the-web  this-week-421 
april 2018 by areadevelopment
Location Notebook: Tennessee - Focusing on Rural Development - Area Development
Realizing the need to stimulate growth in rural areas, state legislators, educators, and other stakeholders came together to pass legislation, certify sites, and increase broadband access among other measures aimed at attracting business and tourism.
area-development-features  Matt  Location-notebook  Tennessee  south  economic-development  site-selection  rural-economic-development  rural-economy  manufacturing  broadband  certified-sites 
april 2018 by areadevelopment
Reconnecting the rural: Autonomous driving - Roland Berger
The current debate around autonomous driving tends to focus on its potential impact in cities. We think that the perspective should be broader: Self-driving vehicles could be the key to reconnecting the countryside, part of the mobility solution for people living in rural areas.
rural-economic-development  rural-economy  automotive-industry  autonomous-vehicles  Around-the-web  this-week-416 
march 2018 by areadevelopment
Gov. Roy Cooper unveils rural NC economic development initiative - News & Observer
Gov. Roy Cooper says not enough is being done to help rural N.C. counties build roads, expand high-speed internet, train people in job skills and find other ways to improve the economy. So he has launched an initiative to make that happen much faster.
this-week-411  Around-the-web  Matt  north-carolina  south-atlantic  rural-economic-development  rural-economy  economic-development 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
Rural America Is the New ‘Inner City’ - WSJ
A Wall Street Journal analysis shows that since the 1990s, sparsely populated counties have replaced large cities as America’s most troubled areas by key measures of socioeconomic well-being—a decline that’s accelerating
this-week-409  Around-the-web  Matt  cities  rural-economic-development  economic-development  rural-economy  tech-forum 
december 2017 by areadevelopment
Broadband Boondoggles in Southwest Virginia - Bacon's Rebellion
Throughout the Central Appalachian region — Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky — community leaders have a keen understanding that they must find new industries to replace coal. And there is a near universal conviction that any hope to diversify local economies requires high-bandwidth connections to the outside world. This conviction has led to a series of initiatives, some misguided and some on target, to bring broadband to this isolated region.
regional-reports  kentucky  west-virginia  virginia  broadband  economic-development-news  ICT  rural-economic-development  economic-development  this-week-405 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Rural Communities’ Untapped Potential for Growth - GOVERNING
They have valuable assets that make them fertile ground for startups. To tap those assets, they need to build entrepreneurial ecosystems.
this-week-403  Around-the-web  Matt  entrepreneurship  startup  tech  innovation  innovation-hubs  rural-economic-development  rural-economy  economic-development  site-selection 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Microsoft expands rural U.S. campaign with Green Bay Packers tie-up - Reuters
Through the partnership, known as TitletownTech, the Packers and Microsoft will each contribute $5 million to invest in startups from around Wisconsin. This is part of a larger initiative by Microsoft called TechSpark to form similar partnerships in North Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wyoming.
rural-economic-development  startup  microsoft  wisconsin  Around-the-web  this-week-400 
october 2017 by areadevelopment
USDA ERS - Rural Manufacturing Survival and Its Role in the Rural Economy - United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service
The manufacturing sector’s share of employment and earnings in rural (nonmetro) areas began to exceed its share in urban (metro) areas in the 1980s, when import competition forced domestic manufacturers to lower costs. Wages, property taxes, and land prices are generally lower in rural areas. And despite the sector’s declining employment since the 1950s, manufacturing jobs still represented 14 percent of rural private nonfarm jobs in 2015 (compared to 7 percent for urban). As a share, manufacturing earnings are even more important to rural America. Manufacturing earnings represented 21 percent of rural private nonfarm earnings in 2015 (compared to 11 percent for urban).
economic-analysis  economic-indicator-reports  rural-economy  rural-manufacturing  Around-the-web  rural-economic-development  this-week-400 
october 2017 by areadevelopment
Location Notebook: Project 95 - Innovating to Bring New Prosperity to Rural Tennessee - Area Development
By utilizing a multifaceted approach that includes an available facility, workforce training and support, incentives, and other assistance, Tennessee’s economic development team plans to bolster the economy of one distressed county at a time.
area-development-features  Matt  economic-development  site-selection  Tennessee  south  rural-economic-development  rural-economy  workforce-training  taxes-incentives  manufacturing 
july 2017 by areadevelopment
Meet the Mayor Who Used Millennials to Revive Her Small Town - GOVERNING
Erwin, Tenn., was struggling. Then its mayor did something many public officials usually don't: She listened to young people.
Around-the-web  rural-economic-development  rural-economy  jobs  millennials  workforce  Matt  this-week-394 
july 2017 by areadevelopment
USDA Announces Support for Small Businesses Innovators - National Institute of Food and Agriculture
The Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) is coordinated by the Small Business Administration and administered by 11 federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to encourage domestic small businesses to engage in high-growth research and development that has the potential for commercialization and could lead to significant public benefit.
basic-research  research&development  small-business  innovation  rural-economic-development  agribusiness  Around-the-web  this-week-391  government-policy 
july 2017 by areadevelopment
While Most Small Towns Languish, Some Flourish - Pew Charitable Trusts
By now, the demise of the American small town is a common tale. But even as most of them continue to lose residents, a few are adding them at a rapid clip.
this-week-391  Around-the-web  Matt  rural-economic-development  rural-economy  Metros  cities  jobs  workforce  labor  millennials  economic-development 
july 2017 by areadevelopment
Facing deindustrialization, smaller regions turn to innovation, workforce development - SSTI
Larger metropolitan areas like Pittsburgh, PA, Roanoke, VA, and Greenville, SC, have received considerable acclaim for their ability to restructure their economies around new and innovative technologies. Less covered, however, are the smaller rural or rust belt regions that are seeking to leverage higher education, community partnerships, an increasingly skilled workforce, and innovative technologies to become more competitive in a 21st century economy.
innovation-hubs  rural-economic-development  Around-the-web  this-week-385-top  Metros  pittsburgh  roanoke-va  greenville-sc  missouri  rust-belt  iowa  north-carolina 
may 2017 by areadevelopment
The reality of main street - Brookings Institution
Yet far from a myth, some main streets are thriving. These communities leverage the density of older and historic buildings, educational institutions and community and cultural facilities in their town centers to attract investment and bring renewed vitality to once hollowed-out downtowns.
rural-economic-development  main-street  Around-the-web  urban-planning  urban-revitalization  this-week-383 
april 2017 by areadevelopment
How Savvy Financiers Pitch Complex Investment Programs - Stateline - The Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington is one of at least 10 states considering so-called rural jobs bills, under which states award tax credits to companies that agree to invest in or loan money to funds set up by investment firms or other brokers. These funds then invest the money in rural businesses. (Last week, the Georgia Legislature passed a rural jobs bill, and in Utah, one was signed into law last month.) The proposals are the latest iteration of an approach that at least 20 states and Washington, D.C., have turned to over the last three decades.
rural-economic-development  government-policy  capital-access  Around-the-web  this-week-382-top 
april 2017 by areadevelopment
Can a Small College Save Its Small Town? - Governing
What’s been happening with these colleges and their towns is really no different from what has happened in large cities. Globalization, economic change and technology have produced an all-hands-on-deck competitive environment. Just as major corporations, research universities and foundations have engaged in helping to make the bigger cities where they are located succeed, so have the institutions in smaller communities. For many small towns, that means the local college.
rural-economic-development  community-colleges  university-economic-development  Around-the-web  this-week-380  economic-development-news 
march 2017 by areadevelopment
Tech is divergent - TechCrunch
The hope of tech-industry optimists for what former AOL chief and Revolution LLC founder Steve Case calls “the rise of the rest” — the spread of tech into the heartland — has gotten more urgent. Far from the Bay Area lie exciting hot spots in regular America. Cities like Dallas, Phoenix and Indianapolis are coming into their own, with Dallas adding 15,000 tech jobs in the last two years, Phoenix nearly 8,000, and Indy nearly 5,000, as each city grew its tech employment by more than 9, 11.5 and 13.9 percent a year, respectively.
rural-economic-development  innovation-hubs  high-tech  Around-the-web  this-week-379-top  Metros  leading-locations 
march 2017 by areadevelopment
Only 43 Percent of California’s Rural Residents Have Broadband Internet Access - PacificStandard
Investing in broadband infrastructure for California’s farmers could potentially bring significant benefits to the the nation’s consumers and the state’s economy.
infrastructure  california  rural-economic-development  broadband  Around-the-web  this-week-373 
january 2017 by areadevelopment
To Save Themselves, Small Colleges Offer Lifeline to Their Hometowns - WSJ
Feeling weight of job losses and local flight, rural schools invest in nearby communities; ‘we can’t survive if this town isn’t healthy’
rural-economic-development  jobs  university-economic-development  Around-the-web  this-week-373 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
Google Effect Rubs Off on Schools in One Rural Oklahoma Town - The New York Times
Students at Pryor High School study robotics. Elementary schools have basic computer programming classes using free laptops, online collaboration software and Wi-Fi spread across this small town in Oklahoma’s Green Country.
Around-the-web  Matt  oklahoma  southwest  Google  tech  high-tech  technology  rural-economy  rural-economic-development  education 
december 2016 by areadevelopment
Are America's Small Towns Really Struggling? - The Atlantic
Atlantic national correspondent James Fallows and contributing writer Deborah Fallows travelled to Pennsylvania, California, and Kansas to understand what transformations were happening in various industries. “These perceived weaknesses are actually our strength,” says one young resident of Erie, Pennsylvania.
rural-economic-development  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  Pennsylvania  california  Kansas  this-week-368 
october 2016 by areadevelopment
Helping Rural America Catch Up - Room for Debate - NYTimes.com
The latest economic data show the largest growth in real income and the greatest drop in poverty in years. But the biggest gains have been in the large metropolitan centers, and millions of Americans in rural communities and small Rust Belt towns still feel left behind
rural-economic-development  rural-economy  economic-indicator-reports  economic-indicator-reports-analysis  economic-recovery  Around-the-web  this-week-364-top 
september 2016 by areadevelopment
'Wet Utilities' Are Key to Rural Economic Development - Inside INdiana Business
A missing piece of the infrastructure puzzle that’s been hampering economic development is the availability of "wet utilities." Taken for granted in cities, wet utilities consist of water and sewer services.
indiana  Around-the-web  this-week-363  utilities  water-availability  infrastructure  rural-economic-development 
september 2016 by areadevelopment
How to Give Rural America Broadband? Look to the Early 1900s - The New York Times
High-speed internet is finally reaching remote, rural American places, but not through the telecom and cable companies that have wired most of urban America. Instead, local power companies are more often the broadband suppliers — and to bring the service, they are borrowing techniques and infrastructure used to electrify the United States nearly a century ago.
energy  utilities  infrastructure  ICT  rural-economic-development  Around-the-web  this-week-361  broadband 
august 2016 by areadevelopment
Rural tech startups see success across the US - TechCrunch
While tech startups have become synonymous with urban areas that offer improved access to talent, resources and infrastructure, the reality is that rural areas are also home to startups.
this-week-360  Around-the-web  Matt  tech  startup  high-tech  innovation  technology  rural-economy  rural-economic-development 
august 2016 by areadevelopment
Southpointe transforming farm community of Cecil to corporate hub - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The revamping of Cecil from a farming community to a corporate hub has not only transformed the landscape, but also the lives of the original residents here who have been able to get top dollar for land they once had to work to eek out a living.
pittsburgh  regional-reports  industrial-park  corporate-headquarters  energy  shale-gas  industry-clusters  rural-economic-development  Around-the-web  this-week-353 
may 2016 by areadevelopment
Tiny Nebraska town says no to 1,100 jobs, citing way of life - MSN
Deep-rooted, rural agricultural communities around the U.S. are seeking economic investments to keep from shedding residents, but those very places face trade-offs that increasing numbers of those who oppose meat processing plants say threaten to burden their way of life and bring in outsiders.
this-week-352  Around-the-web  Matt  nebraska  plains-states  plains  site-selection  economic-development  rural-economy  rural-economic-development  food-industry  food-processing 
may 2016 by areadevelopment
Building manufacturing communities for the long haul - Brookings Institution
Extending the notable bipartisan support for federal action on advanced manufacturing, five U.S. senators and six representatives introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to make the Manufacturing Communities program permanent.
government-policy  u.s.-manufacturing  economic-development-news  regional-economic-development  rural-economic-development  Around-the-web  this-week-342 
february 2016 by areadevelopment
Salinas, Calif., Attempts to Reboot as AgTech Hub - GovernmentTechnology
Salinas hopes to turn its sons and daughters of farmworkers into coders for the next generation of data-driven, automated farming in a valley known as the salad bowl of the world.
agribusiness  ag-tech  high-tech  innovation-hubs  regional-reports  salinas-california  california  Around-the-web  this-week-341  rural-economic-development 
february 2016 by areadevelopment
The Next Tech Hot Spot: Rural America - The Daily Beast
As giants like GE and GM struggle to bring IT jobs back from overseas, one U.S. entrepreneur has found a niche in smaller cities where the talent is ample and costs are far lower.
this-week-330  Around-the-web  Matt  high-tech  technology  entrepreneurship  rural-economic-development  rural-economy 
november 2015 by areadevelopment
5 Ingredients for Building Rural Economies - Governing
A program in Washington state is finding ways to ease the way for local entrepreneurs and startups.
startup  small-business  rural-economic-development  Around-the-web  this-week-323  Washington 
september 2015 by areadevelopment
New Initiatives Drive Rural Broadband Adoption in AL, KY, WI - SSTI
For many states, broadband connectivity is becoming an increasingly important tool used to improve the economic well-being of residents, especially in rural areas.
ICT  broadband  rural-economic-development  Around-the-web  this-week-319 
august 2015 by areadevelopment
States Try to Counter Rural Flight - Stateline - The Pew Charitable Trusts
Population loss is a long-term trend in much of rural America, and it’s gotten more acute since 2010, according to a Stateline analysis. Although 759 rural counties in 42 states lost population between 1994 and 2010, more than 1,300 rural counties in 46 states have lost population since 2010.
rural-economic-development  workforce-migration  demographics  Around-the-web  this-week-318 
august 2015 by areadevelopment
The White House is trying to introduce Wall Street to rural America - The Washington Post
People outside cities need schools and nursing homes too — and USDA thinks private investors can be convinced to finance them.
rural-economic-development  infrastructure  government-policy  Around-the-web  this-week-317 
august 2015 by areadevelopment
Small Towns: The Value of Unique Places - Newgeography.com
Rural and small towns suffer from a loss of faith in their place, and seem desperate to be recognized in our new, standardized world.
rural-economic-development  rural-economy  demographics  business-place  main-street  Around-the-web  this-week-312 
july 2015 by areadevelopment
Is Colorado Primed To Become The Silicon Valley Of Agriculture? - The Salt - NPR
Colorado is famous for its beer and its beef. But what about its farm drones? In the last several years, Boulder and Denver have become hubs for tech startups, and companies in the state's Front Range are on a tear, patenting new technologies in irrigation, food science and plant genetics. Public scientists are keeping pace, publishing research articles in agricultural science in record numbers. That's prompted local economists to make some bold predictions.
rural-economic-development  agribusiness  colorado  innovation  innovation-hubs  this-week-299  around-the-web 
april 2015 by areadevelopment
California's Centers of Technology: Bay Area, LA, San Diego, and ... Fresno? - The Atlantic
How would you build a high-tech center in a vast farming zone? You might start by applying tech solutions to farming problems of water use and sustainability in all forms.
water-availability  rural-economic-development  high-tech  innovation-hubs  fresno  california  economic-development-news  this-week-297  around-the-web 
march 2015 by areadevelopment
Building a Mini Silicon Valley - Innovation Hub - WGBH
How do states with smaller populations grab young talent? We look at Vermont’s strategy - and why it’s so tough to lure millennials away from New York, San Francisco, and Chicago.
vermont  innovation-hubs  rural-economic-development  workforce-development  diaspora  this-week-275  around-the-web 
august 2014 by areadevelopment
Could There Be an Economic Rebirth for Rural America? - Pamela Patterson
While much of rural America encompasses large agribusinesses, for many rural communities that only comprises just 7 percent of the businesses in those communities. The marketplace has changed from butcher, baker and candlestick maker to butcher, food product entrepreneur and high-tech worker. All of them are using innovative ways to re-new, replace or repair infrastructure.
rural-economic-development  this-week-271  around-the-web 
july 2014 by areadevelopment
Factory in the Country - Modern Machine Shop
Where do you find some of America’s best and most interesting manufacturing plants? In the middle of cornfields.
rural-economic-development  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-258  around-the-web 
april 2014 by areadevelopment

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