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Monday, March 02, 2009

Hawkeye Review: Iowa's formula for rural growth: Part 2

Excerpted from this post at Hawkeye Review

We can do the following to reawaken rural growth: 1) Reform and refocus the Iowa Values Fund, ... 2) Create a Rural Entrepreneurship Fund. ... 3) Support existing businesses' growth. The Rural Entrepreneurship Fund should support the expansion and generational transition of rural businesses. ... 4) Commit to bring high-speed Internet to communities of all size. ... 5) Recruit young educated people to rural areas. Contrary to popular myth that puts every hip young person in urban centers, 1 in 5 young, college-educated movers goes to rural areas. Focusing on these type of people, who usually are committed to communities, can help our smaller towns "buzz" with energy and activity for the next generation.

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