Rural Innovation Network

The Rural Edge: Durango, Colorado

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

The Cubby

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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The Rural Edge: Wilson, North Carolina

Woman Walking into Gig East Exchange

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

Rural Innovation Network Members Sitting and Listening

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

Person working on computer

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.

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The Rural Edge: AI on the banks of the Mississippi River

Sho Rust Sho.Ai

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.

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