Small Towns

Rural communities hold the keys to survival in their own hands. With help from policies that build on their strengths as desirable places to live and raise families, they can thrive.

Community Development

To thrive, rural communities must invest in themselves and their futures, including rural schools and rural leaders.

Community Food Systems

Local farmers markets, community gardens, and local and regional food systems provide fresh, healthy food for all and keep money circulating in the local economy.

Rural Groceries

Small towns across rural America are losing their grocery stores, and we’re working to help groceries stay around.

Small Towns Notes

 

President Obama, the State of the Union (#SOTU), and Rural Poverty

Tonight, when President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to Congress and the American people, he should talk about the importance of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) in addressing poverty in rural and small-town America.

At the Center for Rural Affairs, we believe the president and Congress should seriously consider proposals to enhance the EITC. We hope the president begins that process by discussing enhancements of the EITC in the State of the Union.

Vibrant Small Towns and Rural Communities 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, not just here in America, but across the globe, you will find art and cultural expression in what some might call the most unlikely of places.

“Artists have contributed to shaping and influencing experiences in public spaces as long as there have been civilizations,” says visiting artist Matthew Mazotta. “They have created work that ranges from revealing the beauty of the world to reflecting back society’s shortcomings.”