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Resources by Topic: Community and economic development

United States Prosperity Index 2021
Assesses the economic, institutional, and social aspects of prosperity across the United States over the past decade. Features state-by-state breakdowns of prosperity increases and decreases. Examines 11 pillars of prosperity, made up of 48 different elements, measured by over 200 state-level indicators. Includes a county-level index for 12 selected states.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Legatum Institute
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Broadband Task Force: High-Speed Internet is Essential for All Counties
Offers policy recommendations and best practices related to broadband infrastructure, including expansion into rural areas. Discusses broadband technology, community partnerships, and policy considerations. Presents case studies of county-level initiatives and a list of broadband solutions by county in the appendix.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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Rural Coronavirus Response with CDBG-CV
Provides information on funding opportunities through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the CARES Act to support rural housing, food, broadband, and economic development. Discusses examples of programs using CDBG funds to respond to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and offers links to useful resources.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Broadband Resources for Regional Development Organizations
Provides examples of broadband feasibility plans for several states, links to conference presentations, case studies, and reports, and federal resources for broadband expansion.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Development Organizations
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Community Impact and Benefit Activities of Critical Access, Other Rural, and Urban Hospitals, 2019
Examines the economic and healthcare benefit of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) on rural communities. Looks at services provided, the economic health of CAHs, and the effect this has on their communities broadly. Includes comparisons of community benefit and patient care services indicators provided by CAHs and other rural and urban hospitals.
Author(s): Zach Croll, John Gale
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Meet CEARH - The Center for Economic Analysis of Rural Health
Webinar recording discusses the economic impacts of rural healthcare systems on local, state, and national economies. Features a presentation by a representative of the Center for Economic Analysis of Rural Health (CEARH) outlining the products and services of CEARH.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Webinar Transcript
Date: 06/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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COVID-19 Vaccines: Audience Insights & Messaging Guidance for Rural Communities
Examines rural residents' perspectives and concerns about vaccines, so that business leaders can respond to employee questions and effectively share vaccine facts. Includes suggested messages and links for additional resources.
Additional links: A Checklist for Rural Employers: Making it Easier for Employees & Workers to get Vaccinated
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Action Alliance
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The Food Retail Landscape Across Rural America
Examines changing food retailer trends from 1990 to 2015 in rural areas, discussing food access issues, economic challenges, and health impacts. Provides county-level maps indicating numbers of food retailers and grocery stores, and compares store types and numbers of food retailers for rural, nonmetro large urban, and nonmetro small urban counties.
Author(s): Alexander Stevens, Clare Cho, Metin Cakir, Xiangwen Kong, Michael Boland
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
Identifies funding, training, technical assistance, and other federal resources to help rural communities respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Programs are listed by audience for for-profit businesses; agricultural producers and ranchers; state, county, and local government; nonprofits; cooperatives; individuals; healthcare facilities; and tribes and tribal organizations.
Additional links: En Espanol
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Rural Development COVID-19 Response
Find the latest information on USDA Rural Development loan payment assistance, application deadline extensions, and other USDA Rural Development actions to help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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