An action tank to rebuild rural America. 

OUR MISSION

The Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) uses progressive public, private, and philanthropic partnerships and strategies to achieve sustainable economic success in small town rural America.

Fewer and fewer people see opportunity in today's Rural America. 

Since the last recession, urban areas have seen renewed economic vitality. But rural America has been left behind: populations are declining, wages are stagnant, opiate addiction is rising, and increasing workforce automation is putting jobs at risk.

Together we can overcome the challenges facing small towns.


Rural areas have unique assets which can create social and economic opportunity, like affordable real estate and cost of living, acreage for expansive industries, strong communities, and hard-working people.

Every town has potential. We help unlock it. 

With a comprehensive approach to develop human capital, foster innovation, create jobs, leverage local institutions and infrastructure, access investment capital and build community engagement, rural economies can thrive.

We partner with rural communities to create lasting prosperity.

Using progressive, data-driven community development strategies, we help small towns build future-oriented economies.

We're building a network of innovation hubs across rural America. Read about our approach.

We have extensive rural development experience and deep commitment to rural America. Meet the Team.