Community Development News

Congress Overlooks America’s Small Towns

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Small towns and ordinary rural people are receiving short shrift in federal policy.

Our recent study found that USDA spent twice as much on subsidies to just the 20 biggest farms in each of 13 leading farm states – 260 mega farms – as it spent on rural development programs to create strong communities and economic opportunity for millions of rural people in 260 struggling rural counties in those same 13 states.

Transmission Line Delivers New Jobs and Greater Capacity

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The Rock Island transmission line will enable a new generation of wind farms across the upper Midwest and Great Plains by collaborating with landowners and local businesses in a quest to tap some of the best wind resources in the nation. And along with it come rural economic development opportunities and jobs.

Developed by Clean Line Energy, this project will deliver 3,500 megawatts of wind energy from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota to large cities in Illinois and eastward. Once completed, Rock Island will power 1.4 million homes in the Midwest with clean, safe and renewable energy.


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