Home to one in five Americans, the rural United States is a rich mixture of people, communities, and cultures that make vital contributions to the economic and social fabric of our nation.
We have an opportunity to build on the assets of communities across the United States and advance equitable development in rural places — which is why ChangeLab Solutions has created new resources to help leaders promote prosperity and racial equity in rural communities.
Increased awareness of the inequities resulting from structural discrimination, the impacts of climate change, and the growing wealth gap are leading many to consider new kinds of rural solutions. Our new resources are designed for community organizations, local and state policymakers, and changemakers who want to support rural communities in addressing these issues.
Policy Strategies to Support Equitable Rural Development
Developed by ChangeLab Solutions in partnership with The Praxis Project, our new strategy brief Advancing Rural Prosperity can help guide rural policymakers and community leaders in promoting equitable economic development. This brief offers strategies that have the highest potential to meaningfully affect Black, Indigenous, and other people of color who are experiencing persistent poverty in rural communities.
State Actions That Advance Rural Prosperity & Equity
Our fact sheet Rural Policymaking in Action identifies key state policies that can model strategic action for state governments. The case studies focus on workforce development, broadband connectivity, housing development, economic prosperity, and Medicaid expansion.