Rural America in the twenty-first century must develop new relationships and new ways of doing things to ensure an economically prosperous, socially just, and environmentally healthy future. Tapping into the resourcefulness and creativity of rural people will be essential in addressing this challenge. However, they cannot do it alone. Rural communities need critical infrastructure, investment, capital, and services. The overlapping forces shaping rural America–demographic transitions, economic changes, the legacy of chronic underinvestment in community institutions, and environmental factors—present challenges and opportunities. With the voices and strategies of rural Americans in hand, the Rural Assembly can now move forward toward this vision for a twenty-first century rural America.
Report to the Rural Assembly
Durham, N.H. : Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire
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Colnes, Andrea; Grimm, Curt D.; Hattan, Amy Seif; and Stracuzzi, Nena F., "Rural America in the 21st Century: perspectives from the field " (2007). The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository. 30.
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