America’s Rural Opportunity

America’s Rural Opportunity is a series of panel conversations that invites policymakers, economic and community development practitioners, and business and philanthropic leaders to engage in real dialogue around advancing a rural opportunity agenda. These events are a collaboration between the Rural Development Innovation Group and the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group.

Support for the America’s Rural Opportunity series has been generously provided by: the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Incourage Community Foundation, LOR Foundation, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities, Northern Forest Center, and Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group (CSG).

The series will help:

  • Uncover the complex reality and diversity of America’s rural places, economies, businesses, development intermediaries – and people.
  • Raise understanding about what works in Rural America by exploring enterprising economic development approaches that tap a range of opportunities to build wider and more enduring prosperity – and strengthen productive rural/urban connections.
  • Identify what the private, public and philanthropic sectors can do differently to improve rural prospects.

Click on each individual title to learn more and watch the video from that session.

Session 1: Local Innovation Strengthening Rural Economies

Session 2: Supporting Entrepreneurial Economies

Session 3: Reframing Natural Resource Economies

Session 4: Infrastructure Fueling Economic Development

Session 5: Rural-Grown, Local-Owned Manufacturing

Session 6: Getting Ahead in Rural Jobs

Session 7: Game Changers: Linking Rural Opportunity Youth with Better Economic Futures

Session 8: Firmly Rooted: Building Enterprise and Ownership in a Regional Food Economy