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In recent years rural issues and concerns have achieved renewed significance in the minds of state policy makers. Evidence continues to mount that policymakers see the need for programs to benefit rural communities and citizens, but in times of tight state budgets and calls for fiscal restraint, policymakers wonder if they can afford new programs, projects or initiatives. This paper represents a preliminary report on research in progress. It is intended to show how states are financing rural programs, projects and initiatives.

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This presentation was given by Sujit CanagaRetna, Senior Fiscal Analyst at the Southern Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments, at the 2005 Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors annual meeting, on August 21, 2005 in Seattle, Washington.

CSG South

These remarks were given by Jonathan R. Watts Hull, Senior Policy Analyst at the Southern Legislative Conference, to the Oklahoma Rural Task Force to Access Capital and Financing for Business Development on August 16, 2005. They accompanied a presentation entitled Accessing Capital for Rural Economic Development.

CSG South

This list of Notable Rural Development Programs was compiled by Jonathan Watts Hull, Senior Policy Analyst at the Southern Legislative Conference of The Council of State Governments, in August 2005.

CSG South

The multi-layered contributions of the arts and arts-related activities rank among the lesser known and unheralded aspects of contemporary American society. Beyond the intrinsic benefits of the arts—i.e. benefits that serve to enrich an individual’s life experiences, standard of living and learning—recently, advocates have demonstrated the crucial role played by the arts in generating a significant level of economic growth too. In fact, highlighting the substantial private and public economic benefits flowing from a thriving arts environment continues to be a theme often stressed by arts advocates of every stripe across the country. Consequently, the objective of this summary report is to capture elements of this theme by focusing on the 16 states that belong to The Council of State Governments’ Southern office, the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC). This is not the first time that the SLC has featured this topic among its publications, with the most recent effort being in November 2000, and the SLC’s ongoing review of this topic is a reflection of the recognition of its importance to SLC economies and public officials in the South.

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