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


A Break Up Letter to the Suburbs

Dear Suburbs:

I'm sorry it has taken me so long to write, but it's official. I have met someone else and I have moved out. I’ve moved to where there are cleaner and greener spaces, leaving behind your noise and light pollution. I think you already know what I am going to say, and yes, I’m talking about Small Town and Rural America.

A Boost for Net Neutrality and Rural Internet Users

Last week was a banner moment for supporters of net neutrality, and for rural internet users. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler released an op-ed that laid out his proposal for insuring that the internet remain an open place for everyone.

Chairman Wheeler proposed that the FCC use Title II of the Communications Act to reclassify broadband internet service providers as common carriers. Doing so would prevent them from charging a premium for prioritized ‘fast lanes’ on the internet. Net neutrality is valued so highly because it maintains the internet as an equal playing field for everyone.