Economic development is often centered on ensuring that people have access to a livelihood and a local system of support that makes economic prosperity possible. As the role of technology in society and the economy expands, strategies around economic development also need to evolve to make this prosperity possible — especially in communities across rural America.

In this U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA)-funded session, we discussed the technology-driven trends that rural economic development leaders need to understand to develop effective strategies, and shared case studies illustrating how rural communities are taking advantage of tech-based economic development to drive entrepreneurship and economic prosperity.

This conversation pulled from the reports and case studies created by the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) and Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. (RISI), and featured rural economic development professionals from communities around the country.

We encourage you to view the session in the above video. The presentation materials are available to review and download below.