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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The Rural Edge: Wilson, North Carolina

November 30, 2020

At CORI, we have a saying: once you’ve seen one rural community, you’ve seen one rural community. America’s small towns are diverse and dynamic, and through our work with our Rural Innovation Network, we have the privilege of working in depth with 18 communities building digital economy ecosystems. To highlight these incredible places, Siegel Family…

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A Rural Community Of Practice

November 24, 2020

At the Center On Rural Innovation, we’re committed to connecting rural leaders with the tools, resources, and knowledge needed to fully tap into their town’s potential. One powerful way we do this is through our Rural Innovation Network (RIN)—a growing consortium of rural change agents building digital economy ecosystems in the places they call home.

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The Future Is Digital

November 10, 2020

Earlier this year, we at the Center On Rural Innovation (CORI) partnered with Udacity to launch the Future Is Digital Challenge, an initiative focused on training rural Americans interested in developing new skills to help them participate in the nation’s growing digital economy.


The Rural Edge: Cape Girardeau, Missouri

October 29, 2020

Innovation and tech entrepreneurship can happen anywhere—and Cape Girardeau is proof that rural places are part of that equation.


The Rural Edge: A Mental Health Startup In The Time Of COVID

October 21, 2020

Hudenko and Voi chose to focus on suicide, a life-or-death issue in behavioral health without many tech-based solutions to address it. Using Hudenko’s expertise and collaborating with researchers at the University of Vermont, Voi built powerful technology around two product lines: Voi Reach and Voi Detect.


Rural America Is Not A Monolith

October 15, 2020

But changing the narrative for its own sake isn’t good enough; the major goal must be to inspire action that addresses the structural inequities rural communities of color face. There must also be resources and policies directed towards their specific challenges.


CORI’s Employment Impact Update: August 2020

October 13, 2020

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.

Zoom towns are not an answer

Zoom Towns are not the answer

October 8, 2020

But it’s dangerous to think that Zoom Towns on their own will actually create inclusive and sustainable rural economies. Economic success is not just an infusion of money and people parachuting in. An influx of wealthy residents without a connection to their new communities could reify social inequalities, creating the same types of economic segregation too often seen in the current metro tech hubs.

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The Benefits of Fiber-To-The Home Networks

September 29, 2020

When rural communities decide to work on expanding local broadband, they have to decide what kind of network best meets the community’s needs. They often see a tradeoff between performance and cost. But in most situations, we actually don’t think communities need to compromise. Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks have the fastest speeds, the highest quality connectivity, and often the lowest costs in the long run.