The New Rural Development Challenge: Revitalizing Rural America

In the last decade, many rural areas have been left behind. Yet federal and state rural development efforts have not proven up to the task. As a result, it’s time for a bold new approach to revitalizing rural America based on building competitive rural economies.

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About the Author
Rob Atkinson is vice president of the Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) and director of PPI’s Technology and New Economy Project. He is also author, The Past and Future of America’s Economy: Waves of Innovation that Power Cycles of Growth (Edward Elgar Press, 2005). While at PPI he has written groundbreaking reports on a wide range of new economy issues, including “Reversing Rural America’s Economic Decline,” a report on how the New Economy is transforming rural America.