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The federal & state governments are best for researching broad trends, while academic institutes & local organizations tend to focus on their home region.
University Based Research Institutes/Centers
Georgia College and State University - Rural Studies Institute
"The mission of RSI is to assist in developing sustainable rural communities that are equipped to address the unique challenges of the 21st century. [We] lead efforts to develop best practices building sustainable rural communities."
Kansas State University - Chapman Center for Rural Studies
"[We] seeks to strengthen rural Kansas communities while advancing student learning.... the Chapman Center welcomes the expertise of different disciplines and recognizes the contributions of diverse Kansas communities past, present and future."
Northern Michigan University - Center for Rural Community and Economic Development
"The Center for Rural Community and Economic Development at Northern Michigan University will combine research, public service, education, and training to enhance the quality of life, support economic development and improve the delivery of services"
University of Idaho - Rural Studies Program
"The Rural Studies Program is a university-based program to support broadly multidisciplinary teaching, research and programs focused on rural people and places....Our program advances the frontiers of knowledge in rural development, centering on matters that support the process of wealth creation in rural communities."
University of Vermont - Center for Rural Studies
"(CRS) addresses social, economic, and resource challenges through applied research, program evaluation, community data and indicators and economic impact studies."
Western Illinois University - Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
"(IIRA) builds the capacity of community leaders and policymakers by providing technical support, applied research, policy evaluation, and training across the state. IIRA is a clearinghouse for information on rural issues, coordinates rural research, and works with state agencies on issues of importance to rural communities."
Rural Institutes and Organizations
Blackbelt Community Foundation
"Founded in 2004 with the idea that those living and working in the Black Belt best knew the area’s challenges and opportunities, the Foundation actively puts needed resources into the region that make a lasting impact"
Center for Rural Affairs
"Mission [is to] establish strong rural communities, environmental stewardship, and genuine opportunity for all while engaging people in decisions that affect the quality of their lives and the future of their communities."
Center for Rural Strategies
"We strive to create better opportunities for small towns and rural communities by building coalitions, developing partnerships, leading public information campaigns, and advancing strategies that strengthen connections."
Center on Rural Innovation
"Founded in 2017 to address the dramatic opportunity gap between rural and urban communities that grew out of the Great Recession. We are committed to advancing economic prosperity in rural America..."
"Mission [is] improve the economic performance in the center of the U.S. by advocating for fact-based solutions to foster job creation, inclusive growth, and improved health outcomes."
Institute for Rural America
"Mission: The Institute for Rural America promotes opportunity for independent farmers and rural communities through education, research, advocacy and service."
National Rural Health Association
"A national nonprofit membership organization... The association’s mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues via advocacy, communications, education and research."
Rural Policy Research Institute
"[Our] mission [is] to: (1) undertake unbiased research and analysis... (2) improve the understanding of the impacts of public policies on rural people and places... and (3) facilitate dialogue among the diverse community,... focused on a sustainable rural America."
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