Community Development News

Vibrant Small Towns Embrace Art and Self-Expression

Pablo Picasso said the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. And if you look in small towns and rural places you will find art and cultural expression in the most unlikely of places. Small towns develop art and cultural experiences to encourage tourism and create local economic opportunities, certainly. But they also recognize that successful efforts to revitalize their communities and mainstreets depend on something deeper than simple economics.

Grant Seeking Projects Designed for Positive, Long-Term Impact in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming

Farm Credit Services of America (FCS America) is seeking grant applications for up to $2,000 each in grant funds for projects and organizations designed to make a positive, long-term impact in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming in the areas of agricultural education, young and beginning producers, and hunger and nutrition. 

Rural America: It's Complicated, Really Complicated

There are two closely held, widely believed, narratives about rural America. The national media narrative, with roots in the 1980’s farm crisis, is fatalistic. Rural places are dying. It lives on at the Brookings Institute and the New York Times, fueled by demographics that show decades of population decline across much of rural America.
The other narrative is woven by small town boosters. They point to new demographic data showing 30-49 year olds returning to small towns. They talk with passion about new businesses and housing shortages.


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