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Brandon Raby Doubles Down as a Small Business Owner to Build His Community

There’s a lot going on in downtown North Platte, Nebraska, at least for one entrepreneur. Brandon Raby, a past winner of the Center’s REAP Entrepreneur of the Year award, has embraced the challenge of starting a small business in a rural community. His business, Caravan Skate Shop, is the first and only skate shop in the community.

Medicaid Redesign Won't Bust Budget

Other states have found their initiatives to expand Medicaid similar to Nebraska’s LB 472, the Medicaid Redesign Act, have produced significant budget savings. Providing health insurance for low-income, working Nebraskans will result in state budget savings and economic growth.
 
Kentucky estimates their expanded Medicaid program will result in net state budget savings of $820 million from state fiscal year 2014 to state fiscal year 2021.

Rural Rockstar: Jerry Peckumn Honored for His Advocacy and Citizenship

Jerry Peckum, who farms near Jefferson, Iowa, is the recipient of the Center for Rural Affairs Citizenship Award. The award goes to someone who actively participates in the democratic process for creating public policy, and who works closely with us to advance public policies that strengthen family farms, ranches, and rural communities.

Fewer Shadows on the Land

This excellent piece was written by Don Ralston, Center for Rural Affairs co-founder, in January 1974. It's a Throwback Thursday ( #tbt ) from the Center's archives.

What value should be placed on the shadow the farmer casts on his land? We all know there are fewer shadows these days as Nebraskans leave the rural areas, taking part in the largest migration of people the world has witnessed.

NPPD Can Do More to Help Lower Energy Consumption and Electricity Bills

Affordable and reliable energy is critical for rural and small towns. Luckily, here in Nebraska we have the opportunity to meet our energy needs while at the same time creating more vibrant communities. Small businesses, manufacturing operations, households, schools, libraries, family farms, and grocery stores in small-town communities are missing a prime opportunity to save more money, simply by consuming less energy. 

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