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Founder Feature: Sho Rust

May 18, 2020

At CORI, we are interested in broadening the conversation about rural America and sharing stories from local change agents and entrepreneurs who are moving the needle and driving innovation in the small towns and communities they call home. Our Rural Edge series features conversations from the people who are changing the narrative about what it means to be from rural America.


Why Data Visualization Matters For Rural America

May 7, 2020

CORI knows that accessible data can make a huge difference to rural communities nationwide. Local leaders need to understand what’s going on in their community—especially if they’re not in a major city getting lots of attention. And the country needs a clear way to see both the pain and promise present in rural America.

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Rural Innovation in Quarantine: The Power of Virtual Events

April 21, 2020

Rural places are normally places of deep social connection, with strong communities and a powerful sense of caring for our neighbors. The COVID-related quarantine, by forcing people to stay home apart from friends and community members, has tugged at those bonds. But many rural leaders, determined to keep their communities connected and get through this crisis together, have discovered the power of virtual events.

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11 Small towns proving gigabit-speed broadband is possible in Rural America

April 13, 2020

In the 21st century, we can bring high speed internet to any place in America. The best path forward might look different depending on the community and state. But there should be no doubt that it’s possible. Now is the moment to close our digital divide once and for all.


3 Reasons COVID-19 is creating a rural employment crisis

April 6, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating a health crisis unlike anything we’ve ever seen. But the disease’s damage doesn’t stop there. With millions of people forced to stay at home, the economy has cratered.


How limited broadband affects older adults during COVID-19

March 26, 2020

With a dramatic rise in rural hospital closures since 2010, and poor broadband infrastructure unable to support modern telehealth solutions, we as a nation are failing to protect aging rural Americans. Use this map to understand the scope of the issues facing our rural health care system, and where there may be opportunities to expand telehealth access.


How broadband inequality complicates COVID-19 school closures in rural areas

March 17, 2020

These infrastructure failures that divide our children’s equal access to education, are only now getting the national attention they deserve. This grievous situation is a reminder that we must build future proof infrastructure that democratizes broadband and provides internet access to all Americans, regardless of where they live.