Home to one in five people in the United States, rural America is a rich mixture of people, communities, and cultures that make vital contributions to the social and economic fabric of our nation. Each rural community is unique, with specific strengths and challenges, so factoring local context into policymaking is essential.
We have an opportunity to build on the assets of communities across the United States to advance equitable development in rural places. Increased awareness of the harms of structural racism and discrimination, the impacts of climate change, and the growing wealth gap have led many communities to consider new solutions to rural inequities.
To support rural communities in addressing these issues, we’ve designed resources for community-based organizations, local and state policymakers, and other changemakers who want to advance racial equity and rural prosperity.