For a rural place to become an entrepreneurial center, people need to actively believe it’s possible — and that everyone, from all racial, gender, educational, class, and professional backgrounds are truly included in those tech opportunities.
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Communities need to be able to connect capable workers with opportunities in the technology industry. This requires them to have a sufficient mix of locally based tech employers and remote work opportunities.
For a tech economy ecosystem to thrive, it needs tech workers. That means having people trained on the technology skills — from cybersecurity to front end development, data science to UI, and many more.
Capital is at the core of a tech ecosystem: it’s what enables entrepreneurs to get their ideas off the ground and ultimately scale their products and services.
Coworking provides more than just space to work. A successful space can offer resources to the business community, make connections that advance local commerce, and host events that foster a stronger business climate.
To create inclusive rural prosperity, rural opportunity also has to be inclusive across race and gender. Contrary to popular perception, rural America is far less white than stereotypes suggest, and rural racial disparities often exceed urban gaps.