The Center for Rural Affairs turned 40 years old this year. Think about that for a minute.
When Marty Strange and Don Ralston first threw open the doors 40 years ago, it was anyone’s guess if the scrappy organization on main street in a town of 800 would make it for one year.
It didn’t take long before rural people were flocking in from across the state.
They came to early Center gatherings. They had heard about a new organization located in the heart of rural America with a mission to lift up everyday rural people. An organization with a belief in a better future.