Community Development News

Conference focuses on food and arts-based businesses and rural communities

Registration is open for the Food + Art Conference: Growing Rural Businesses and Communities, hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs.

The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Pender Community Center, 614 Main St., in Pender, Nebraska.

The conference will offer resources and connections for food and arts-based businesses, and rural community or economic developers wishing to develop local economic opportunities around local foods and the arts.

Como crear una red social

¿Ha querido reunirse con otros para una gran causa? ¿Que tal creando oportunidades para promover un negocio? ¿O, un centro de recursos donde la gente puede compartir información? 

Creando una red puede ser una experiencia intimidante, pero no imposible. Con buena planificación y organización la recompensa podrá ser ventajosa. Es posible que usted se pregunte cómo puedo empezar.

How to create a network

Have you ever wanted to gather people for a great cause? What about creating opportunities to promote a business? Or, a resource hub where people can share knowledge?

Creating a network can be a daunting experience, but not impossible. With good planning and organization, the reward can be beneficial. But, you might wonder how to start.

FCC calls for precision ag task force

Last month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the formation of the Task Force for Reviewing Connectivity and Technology Needs of Precision Agriculture in the United States. Agricultural producers of various backgrounds and operation sizes and types are encouraged to apply. Applications are also being sought from individuals involved in providing rural internet services.

From the desk of the executive director: Connecting capital and small town home ownership

Home ownership increases family and community stability. When residents live in a community, they shop at local businesses, take part in community organizations, and send their children to local schools. Home ownership is also a key strategy to help low and middle income families build assets.

In many regions, rural residents benefit from more affordable housing stock. In 20 rural counties in our home state of Nebraska, more than 60 percent of houses sell for under $70,000, for instance.

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