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4 Reasons Rural Coworking Spaces Matter

February 24, 2021

To learn more about how rural coworking spaces make an impact, we spoke with Kate Schwarzler, founder of Indy Commons, a coworking space and business hub in Independence, OR—one of our Rural Innovation Network Communities.

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The Rural Edge: Connected in Rural Colorado

February 15, 2021

At CORI, we are interested in broadening the conversation about rural America and sharing stories from local change agents and entrepreneurs who are driving innovation in the small towns and communities they call home.

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Quiz: Test your Rural Knowledge

February 10, 2021

Are you curious how many rural Americans have access to lightning fast internet? Think you can predict the share of technology jobs found in rural areas? Want to know the true demographic composition of America’s small towns?

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Tech Talent Tracker

January 23, 2021

We built the Tech Talent Tracker to help community leaders understand the state of their local tech economies. Our submission to the US Census Bureau’s The Opportunity Project, The Tech Talent Tracker is part of CORI’s ongoing effort to empower rural decision makers with crucial information—and present it in a way that helps move the needle for rural economies.

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CORI’s Employment Impact Update: November 2020

January 21, 2021

COVID-19 continues to have an unprecedented impact on the national economy. While the vast majority of pandemic-related coverage has focused on dense urban areas, smaller towns across the country have also felt deep health and economic shocks. Each month in our Employment Impact Update, we share key findings, trends, detailed maps and analysis based on BLS monthly employment data to help you understand what’s happening to rural economies.

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A Vermont startup solving problems sustainably, with technology

January 14, 2021

We recently chatted with Connor Dahlberg, the CEO and Founder of Arsana Health, a health IT startup. Arsana Health’s technology is designed specifically for the Post Acute Health Care environment (nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living, etc).

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Inclusive Ecosystems from the Start

January 6, 2021

Changing the culture and outcomes of tech and entrepreneurship at the scale needed for social justice will require a comprehensive effort that spans governments, businesses, philanthropists, investors, nonprofits, and community leaders.

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The Rural Edge: Durango, Colorado

December 28, 2020

SCAPE is place-based, focused both on incubating growth startups and helping the local economy—and to date, it’s succeeded on both fronts. In just seven years, SCAPE has helped rural companies raise over $24 million and create 152 jobs at above average wages.

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The Rural Edge—The Cubby, Waterville, Maine

December 7, 2020

In addition to the direct support these organizations provided, Josh says that through these experiences, he “got to see the powerful ecosystem growing here in Maine first-hand”—and it’s that same ecosystem he credits as a major advantage for starting The Cubby in a small town like Waterville.

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CORI’s Employment Impact Update: September 2020

December 2, 2020

We’re in the midst of an economic crisis, and we aim to use these monthly datasets, in conjunction with our on-the-ground-knowledge and rural expertise, to help understand and predict what’s next for rural America–and equip leaders and policymakers with the tools to respond effectively.

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