A leading force engaging people and ideas in building a better future for rural America.
Design and Communications Associate
I was born and raised in Lyons, Nebraska. One year I was home from college when the town had a heated discussion about whether or not to tear down the old opera house. Somebody at the Center read my argument to save the historic building in the local paper and called me up to offer me an internship. Unfortunately, the opera house was torn down, but soon after I began working on behalf of rural communities - a cause I believe in deeply.
My job is to help manage the message. I help staff shape their ideas, molding content for the web and social media. I love design and I do the layout for our print newsletter and other publications.
Based in Quincy, Illinois, I am a part-time gymnastics instructor, a fiction writer, and a poet. You can visit my website at http://www.franciscasey.com.
My favorite thing about rural America is that when you skin your knee in the street you can always knock on the nearest door for help.
From cost-conscious manufacturers to organic farmers, the innovative and can-do spirit of the Midwest has everyday people and their businesses addressing climate change and integrating renewable energy in the Midwest! Explore the map below to learn about some of these interesting and impactful people and efforts.
The Center is joining organizations from across the Midwest for a regional week of action, in order to build awareness for the Clean Power Plan, and encourage rural residents to voice their support for limits on carbon pollution from our nations power plants. The Clean Power Plan proposal isn't just about cutting carbon, it will encourage more investment in clean renewable energy and energy efficiency, which are both great ways to save money, and spark economic development.
October is Farm to School Month (#F2SMonth) both nationally and statewide here in Nebraska. We hope you've been following along with some of our Farm to School activities like our meet 'n greets for producers and schools, Nebraska Farm to School Summit, and factoids!
If you missed some of our Farm to School factoids, have no fear! We've a recap below.
Access to art, and even art relating to the rural experience, often seems locked way in a far off "important" place. The Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, however, places art right in the heart of rural David City, Nebraska (population 2,906) as the only museum in North America devoted exclusively to agrarian art.
For far too long one of the only narratives about rural America has read something like this: YOUNG PEOPLE FLEE RURAL AMERICA. There's another story, however, about young people and professionals returning.