A ‘Radically Rural’ approach to sustaining communities

Summit in Keene will look at solutions to problems, issues facing small cities, towns

Rural Americans are confident that major problems facing their local communities can be solved in five years, but most think they cannot be fixed without outside help.  So says the 2018 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study, “Life in Rural America.”

The challenges of job losses, scarcity of broadband, and retention of young people remain only some of many hurdles that rural residents say can be overcome.  The RWJ study found great optimism among rural residents, but with the caveat that outside resources would be necessary to turn the corner to more prosperous and vibrant communities — with the need for ideas for policy changes, advocacy, entrepreneurship and innovative solutions that cannot always be found locally.

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