A look back on two years of the Rural Innovation Initiative

September 18, 2020

Since its launch in 2019, we’ve onboarded 2 cohorts of the Rural Innovation Initiative, with a total of 19 participants. We are deeply proud of the impact it has had on small towns all across the country, and our experience has shown that when rural communities have access to the expertise of an outside organization with national resources like CORI and RISI, they can transform ideas into actionable local benefits.

CORI map of the country

CORI’s Employment Impact Update: June 2020

August 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.


Report: Rural Coworking in the Time of COVID-19

August 5, 2020

COVID-19 has upended the once simple idea of sharing space with others. As the pandemic has spread and shutdowns have been needed to stem the health crisis, many industries have been hit hard across rural America. One of those industries is the rural coworking space.

Benya Kraus

The Rural Edge: Heading back home to make a difference

June 29, 2020

The toolkit also has been really helpful practically in grant applications. I’ve directly referenced the CORI toolkit in several proposals, using the visual of the Innovation Hub as a design model for our building in downtown Waseca


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.


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.