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8 Steps to Help Small Town Grocery Stores

Everyone needs to eat. Having a grocery store is more than just a place to buy food. It’s a necessity for any vibrant town. You can’t have a thriving community without healthy, energetic people eating good food. People look for a grocery store when deciding where to live, and residents will be more likely to stay in your town with a grocery store close by. 

Is your town’s grocery store struggling? Or have you lost your grocery store? Here are some simple first steps to get a handle on that situation. 

Clean Power Plan Finalized

On August 3rd, President Barack Obama and EPA Director Gina McCarthy announced EPA’s release of the final version of the Clean Power Plan, establishing the first U.S. limits on carbon pollution. We applaud the Administration for taking this step. The Clean Power Plan will provide a significant opportunity to reduce America’s dependence on fossil fuels by stepping up our commitment to renewable energy and greater energy efficiency.
 

Part 2: Income Inequality, Health, and the Rural Great Plains

This post is another in a series by Jon M Bailey, former director of rural policy and analysis at the Center, focusing on family economic security, health, and well being.

In a previous post I looked at income inequality as a rural issue and its affect on health, and how, at least in Nebraska, income inequality is a rural issue. This time let’s expand our look to include income inequality in all Great Plains states.

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