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Bram Sable-Smith

9 December 2018

Madison, United States

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Rural communities need more than medication to deal with the opioid crisis; in one rural region of northern Wisconsin, a specialist doctor is able to prescribe Suboxone, but the programs he advocates for take a more c...

The Hechinger Report

Tara Garcia Mathewson

29 November 2018

Edgecombe, North Carolina, United States

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A school district in North Carolina is at the cutting edge of a new teaching model - to multiply the impact of the most effective teachers and draw them to underserved districts, schools are paying these teachers more...

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Ann Schimke

12 November 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Gus the Bus, Magic Bus, El Busesito, and other traveling classrooms are working to fill the persistent preschool gap in Colorado's childcare deserts. Most days the mobile preschools park near apartment complexes or mo...

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Christine Ro

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7 November 2018

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Hashtags and chat apps can notify users when items of vital necessity become available during times of severe shortage. Despite the Zimbabwean government’s pushback against social media, Zimbabweans are turning to pla...

The Hechinger Report

Kaitlin Gillepsie

24 October 2018

Onalaska, Washington, United States

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Although only 16 percent of residents in Onalaska, Washington hold a bachelor's degree, all 43 seniors in the class of 2017 were accepted to college. Even as more students are college bound, in the past five years, th...

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Kirk Siegler

19 October 2018

Hotchkiss, Colorado, United States

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After “the shock” that laid off many coal miners in Delta County, Colorado, the area is experiencing a resurgence. Population is growing, finally, and a fiber optic internet company has stimulated the economy with new...

The New York Times

Zach Montague

9 October 2018

West Virginia, United States

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Small towns in West Virginia are a natural oasis for adventure lovers from urban and rural areas alike; towns like Davis and Fayetteville are succesfully capitalizing on their natural resources to increase tourism and...

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Rob Chaney

8 October 2018

Turah, Montana, United States

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The Clark Fork River in Montana has recently undergone a significant revitalization process and is now bringing in greater recreational opportunities and interest in rural housing development. This change has spurred...

The Atlantic

Kristina Rizga

2 October 2018

Oklahoma, United States

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Over the course of her tenure, a third generation Oklahoma teacher transformed the way students at her school engage with STEM education, opening the door for rural white and American Indian students to join the natio...

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Rishika Pardikar

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25 September 2018

Karnataka, India

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In rural communities, firewood extraction hurts both human health and wildlife habitat. In India, a group of conservationists are helping villages switch from wood-burning to liquified petroleum gas. While logistics a...

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Fergus Peace

11 September 2018

Canada

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Canada and Australia have both used targeted immigration policies to grow their rural populations. But Canada’s more holistic approach seems to match the long-term needs of migrant and local populations better than Au...

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Anne Kim

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26 August 2018

Kane, Pennsylvania, United States

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One in five Americans lives in a "higher education desert," at least twenty-five miles from the nearest college. To fill the gap, rural counties have created higher education centers or pop-up satellite campuses - one...

U.S. News & World Report

Joseph P. Williams

22 August 2018

Alabama, United States

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To combat the shortage of rural doctors, Alabama universities are offering rural medicine programs or helping fund the studies of students who commit to rural practice after graduation. Admissions staff also keep in m...

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14 August 2018

Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Italy

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To bring more people to almost-deserted Italian towns, town leaders are attempting to grow the “albergo diffuso” model, which roughly translates to “scattered homes.” Many Italian towns have land as well as the desire...

The Hechinger Report

Liz Bell

8 August 2018

Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States

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In rural North Carolina, an organization holds bi-monthly playgroups to teach parents about the importance of "basic interactions between parents and their kids." Based on the principle of "child-directed play," the r...

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Sarah Hucal

6 August 2018

Wae Rebo, Indonesia

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The village of Wae Rebo on a remote island in Indonesia was facing the growing issue of generating viable revenue from only their agriculture production. Seizing the opportunity to revitalize the town through a partne...

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Anoush Darabi

3 August 2018

Madison, Minnesota, United States

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Minnesota officials are capitalizing on a population trend: despite negative population growth in rural areas among people in their twenties, people in their thirties and forties continue to move to rural places. Get ...

The New York Times

Ellen Rosen

3 August 2018

Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States

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Despite the supposed fear of automation taking away jobs, there is in fact a shortage of employees in the manufacturing industry. In rural areas where many manufacturing plants are located, companies are trying a vari...

Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Carla Jean Whitley

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30 July 2018

Loveland, Colorado, United States

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Together, the nonprofit real estate developer Artspace and Colorado Creative Industries (CCI), a government program supporting creative industries statewide, are helping support artists through affordable housing and ...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Melissa Brown

26 July 2018

Haynesville, Alabama, United States

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In the South's rural Black Belt, wastewater management is an issue, but local activists, government officials, and civil engineers are working together to create a new type of sanitation system that works for the geog...

The New York Times

Rachel Cernansky

17 July 2018

Harlandville, Liberia

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To succeed at international development, consult the locals. It seems obvious, but too many failed development projects show community buy-in is not the biggest priority. Two groups are leading the way to change this....

Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman

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11 July 2018

Palmer, Alaska, United States

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In Alaska, the Knik Tribe’s Community Development Financial Institution is offering financial opportunities to individuals in low-income communities who wouldn't have them otherwise. The organization, and others like ...

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Oscar Perry Abello

11 July 2018

Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

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Southern Bancorp is a regional bank based in Little Rock, Arkansas and is a member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values. Founded after the financial crisis in 2009, the Alliance shows that values-based banks, ...

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Eillie Anzilotti

19 June 2018

United States

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Across the country municipalities are repurposing former juvenile detention centers as juvenile incarceration rates have declined and remaking them as places of healing. Each community is different in its approach, wi...

Politico Magazine

Lisa Rab

26 May 2018

Lakin, Kansas, United States

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Instead of letting a rural Kansas hospital perish, one CEO found a way to recruit young physicians, and get grants for the hospital. His methods helped the hospital avoid the common fate many rural hospitals face, whi...

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