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Resources by Topic: Community and economic development

Small Business Administration: Targeted Outreach about Disaster Assistance Could Benefit Rural Communities
Examines disaster loan trends in rural and urban areas using geocoded Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loan application data for fiscal years 2017 through 2022. Describes challenges rural communities may face in seeking disaster assistance from SBA and actions SBA could take to address these challenges.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development 2023 Annual Report
Highlights the accomplishments of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development in 2023. Covers issues such as economic development, food systems and security, and capacity building.
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development
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Women Farmers and Community Well-Being under Modeling Uncertainty
Evaluates the association between women-operated farms and community well-being at the county level, particularly poverty rates, life expectancy, and rate of business formation. Discusses implications for further rural economic research and policy strategy.
Author(s): Claudia Schmidt, Steven C. Deller, Stephan J. Goetz
Citation: Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 2024
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
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Data in the North Central Region: The Nebraska Rural Poll, the Ohio Farm Poll, and the NCR-Stat
A recorded webinar that provides an overview of data derived from three polls covering the North Central Region (NCR): Nebraska Rural Poll, Ohio Farm Poll, and NCR-Stat. The polls provide NCR-focused information on community well-being and economic development, employment, policy, agriculture and farm households, population health status, and migration.
Author(s): L.J. McElravy, Douglas Jackson-Smith, Zuzana Bednarik
Date: 01/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: North Central Regional Center for Rural Development
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Produce Prescription Programs Offer 'A Holistic Approach' to Addressing Rural Food Insecurity and Diet-Related Disease
Features produce prescription programs serving rural Mississippi, New Mexico, and Vermont that are helping improve access to healthy foods for those with diet-related chronic conditions. Describes how produce Rx programs can support local food systems and discusses funding and sustainability considerations.
Author(s): Brendan Stermer
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Michigan's Roadmap to Rural Prosperity
Describes the characteristics, challenges, and significance of Michigan's rural communities, and identifies strategies for building rural prosperity. Presents data on rural and urban demographics and living conditions. Discusses rural health and well-being, workforce, service delivery, housing, infrastructure, economic development, and natural environment.
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Michigan Office of Rural Prosperity
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Investing in Rural Downtowns: What Role are EDDs Playing?
Discusses the role of Economic Development Districts (EDDs) in rural downtown revitalization. Summarizes the planning, investment, and development process. Provides case studies of EDDs involved in each stage of downtown revitalization.
Additional links: One-Page Summary
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Development Organizations
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The Age-Dependency Ratio in the North Central Region: Implications for Regional and Community Development Research Brief
Examines the North Central region age-dependency ratio, or the number of dependent individuals (ages 0 to 14 years and 65 or older) compared to the working population (ages 15 to 64 years), and how this impacts workforce and economic development. Provides 2000-2022 population data broken down by metro, suburban, and rural as well as by selected states and counties. Allows user to search within tables and scroll through counties.
Author(s): Roberto Gallardo
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Central Regional Center for Rural Development
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The State of Rural Minnesota: 2024
Presents an overview of rural Minnesota. Includes county-level data and statistics on population migration, economic vitality, agriculture, employment, income, race/ethnicity, rural versus urban comparisons, and more.
Author(s): Kelly Asche, Marnie Werner
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Policy and Development
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Redlining The Reservation: The Brutal Cost Of Financial Services Inaccessibility In Native Communities
Report discusses the lack of financial services for American Indian communities. Explores the consequences of a lack of financial investment in native communities, such as a lack of small businesses, new construction, and economic growth. Provides county-level and tribe-level data for Arizona and New Mexico. Discusses the effect this has on social determinants of health.
Author(s): Dave Castillo, Bruce C. Mitchell, Jason Richardson, Jad Edlebi
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Community Reinvestment Coalition
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