The Rural Edge: Proximity is (remotely) bringing people together

August 11, 2020

And while Proximity now has a national reach, they never lost their rural roots. Founded in Montrose, Colorado, (a community with a population of 19,000), about 65% of the spaces in Proximity’s network are rural.


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.


Tips for Using Data to Tell Your Community’s Story

July 22, 2020

At the Center On Rural Innovation (CORI), we’ve honed a careful approach to showing communities how they can use data to tell their best story. Now, we’re sharing these best practices with you, for help as you incorporate data into your community’s unique story.


The Rural Edge: An online “SHRPA” for local tourism

July 14, 2020

Our conversation touched on the importance of mentorship and community in rural entrepreneurship, and how drawing attention to the special parts of rural communities can help people see the value in place.


Can emerging internet technologies solve rural connectivity issues?

July 8, 2020

Broadband is an essential building block when it comes to building a strong digital economy. For this blog, we’ve put together three emerging wireless broadband technologies, their advantages and drawbacks, and why we believe that even if there are short-term solutions towns can use to provide better access now, communities need to keep fiber internet as their north star to stay competitive in a digital economy and connected world.

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

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What Employers Need to Know About Remote Work

June 22, 2020

By giving rural America unprecedented access to the national job market, remote work will make it easier to connect rural talent with high-paying jobs. And with remote work going widespread, many urban dwellers might reconsider where they’re living, bringing their talent and income to small towns nationwide.

Rural institutions of Higher Ed

Report: Higher ed’s key role in rural innovation ecosystems

June 17, 2020

Innovation and tech economies are the key to rural America’s future—and rural higher education institutions (IHEs) can play a huge role in building the ecosystems that support that work. While many rural communities have been left out of the country’s digital revolution, higher ed institutions bring the resources and expertise that can power small towns’ transition into tech-based opportunity.


The Rural Edge: How One Rural Startup Is Making Moonshots Possible

June 9, 2020

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. Our Rural Edge series features conversations with the people who are changing the narrative about what’s possible in rural America.


A Message From Our Founder

June 5, 2020

Every person and organization needs to decide on the most effective way they can contribute to the change that many in our country—especially people of color on the front lines—are fighting for. Those of us who benefit from the privilege of whiteness, whether urban or rural, must be particularly motivated to real, concrete action and support.