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People who live in small towns and rural areas are happier than everyone else, researchers say:




Rent hikes, homelessness and hunger in a small Western city:




Covering rural America: What reporters get wrong and how to get it right:


Sarah Smarsh reports on socioeconomic class, politics and more for national and international outlets, including The Guardian, The New Yorker and The Cut. Her forthcoming book, Heartland: A Daughter ...


CBS Sunday Morning - Small town America in renewal:


We hear it over and over again: America is a house divided, split between trendy metropolitan areas enjoying a boom, and smaller cities and towns stuck in a downward spiral. It's a familiar story, ...


Rebuild America's rural infrastructure:


Some people remember when many rural households didn't have electricity or running water. Although those days are long gone for most, there's still lots of room for improvement in the American infrastructure ...


U.S. Department of Agriculture launches rural development web page + Montana's first guide to agritourism:


USDA's Rural Development Innovation Center looking for public feedback via new web page http://www.usda.gov/topics/rural/rural-development-innovation-center. "Rural communities need forward-thinking ...


When It Comes to Broadband, Millennials Vote with Their Feet - Rural Communities with bad broadband suffer:


When they live in remote rural areas, millennials are more likely to reside in a county that has better digital access. The findings could indicate that the digital economy is helping decentralize ...


Microsoft Looks for Ways to Increase Impact in Rural Areas:


The tech giant has a goal of helping individuals "achieve more." In rural areas, the company is looking for ways to connect local capacity with learning and business opportunities, according to ...


Italian towns offer warning for rural America:


Small towns and villages across Italy are dying, at risk of becoming "abbandonato." "Abbandonato." The subtle marking on a makeshift map gave me a bit of hope a few years ago when I walked ...


Rural Counties Are Making a Comeback, Census Data Shows:


Some long-declining small towns and farming and manufacturing counties are adding people as population growth in large cities cools, according to a Stateline analysis of census estimates released Thursday. ...


How Older Female Entrepreneurs Boost Rural Communities:


Governments must stop seeing the old purely as a liability. In particular, older women in rural areas can have a big impact on social and economic prosperity. Elizabeth Isele Associate Fellow, ...


Yes, startups can flourish in rural America:


Living in rural America comes with challenges and benefits. Many see rural areas as offering a more relaxed pace of life, or as the center of the country's agricultural economy. But rural America ...


The Economic Colonization of Rural America:




Microsoft partners with Michigan company to bring internet access to 82,000 rural residents:


As part of a recent push to increase rural broadband access in the U.S., Microsoft announced today that it will partner with Michigan-based Packerland Broadband. The goal is toprovide internet access ...


Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Have a New 'Duty' to Serve Rural America:


New rules require these mortgage giants to do more business in rural America, freeing up more capital there for additional home mortgages. The best way to do this would be for Fannie and Freddie ...


A Montana town clings to its small-town identity under pressure:




When a Montana town wants to grow -- but not too quickly:




Saving America's Small Cities:


Small cities are an asset to the country, so politicians and thinkers on the left and right would do well to stop calling for their inhabitants to flee. Everyone, including the president, thinks ...


Livingston, Montana Is Home to More Writers Than Any Other City in America:


Livingston is a small town near Yellowstone -- it's also the country's least expected literary hotspot. Here's how the town attracts writers (and readers) from all over the world. By Jim Hoehn https://livability.com/mt/community/this-montana-town-is-home-to-more-writers-than-any-other-city-in-america *** Montana ...


Reaching rural America with broadband internet service:




Colstrip, Montana begins transition plan away from coal:


With $10 million on the table to the get the job done, Colstrip began laying plans Monday for life after power-plant shareholder Puget Sound Energy cuts ties to coal. By TOM LUTEY tlutey@billingsgazette.com ...


Challis, Idaho, found success by embracing Lombard Trail users:


"There are a lot of communities that are quite the places to go for people to ride their bikes; little breweries popping up, and little mountain-type groups. You have to get the trail systems so people ...


Is That Rural Hospital Really Necessary?:


Amidst the concern over rural hospital closures in North Carolina and across the U.S., a recent study reaches the somewhat controversial conclusion that not every rural Critical Access Hospital (CAH) ...


Home at the Headwaters: After recovering from the loss of its founding industry, Three Forks looks to continue bucking the trend of small town Montana:


THREE FORKS -- Gene Townsend likes to talk about railroads. Seated at his kitchen table, the longtime Three Forks mayor and current city council member takes a sip of coffee -- his third cup of the ...


Ovando, Montana takes a lesson from Twin Bridges, embraces bicycle tourism:


Leigh Ann Valiton watched a customer meander the aisles of the Blackfoot Commercial Co. in Ovando. Valiton's store, and attached Inn, is open until 7 every evening, but it was 10 p.m. and she showed no ...


WEBINAR: Rural Information Center-Resources For Rural Communities - 1/31- Online:


2018-01-31 12:00:00 Online Contact: USDA NIFA Division of Family & Consumer Sciences will host a webinar on the USDA Rural Information Center (RIC), a service of the National Agriculture ...


10 factors that will shape rural communities:


"The rural economy is uniquely impacted by what happens in Washington, the broader U.S. economy and around the world," says Dan Kowalski, vice president of CoBank's Knowledge Exchange Division. "In the ...


How will millennials impact the future of Butte and beyond?:


As a generation, millennials sometimes get a bad rap. Some have called them the generation lazy, while others have accused the group of being responsible for the demise of the retail industry. Just ...


Task Force Creates a Road Map for Rural America:




Under pressure of growth, Manhattan, Montana tries to keep small-town identity:


An image from 1921 hangs in one of Manhattan's largest downtown businesses. The scene in black and white shows women in dresses and men in collared shirts before storefront windows. A man leans against ...

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