Rural Development

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand unveils the Rebuild Rural America Act at Clinton Community College's Institute for Advanced Manufacturing
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New York U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is introducing legislation intended to help rural communities access federal government grants for long-term projects.  She was at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh on Monday to discuss how it would help initiatives like the school’s Institute for Advanced Manufacturing.

Senator Patrick Leahy announces expansion of Northern Border Regional Commission
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The Northern Border Regional Commission is a federal-state partnership that aids economic development in northern New England and New York.  On Thursday, Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy announced that the program is expanding in Vermont, New York, and New Hampshire.

Ruth Abram: Fiona Lally

Sep 8, 2016

There are two kinds of people who live in rural America: those born here, and those who moved here. If you think it odd that people would abandon the attractions of big city living and move to rural America as family farms disappear, consider the case of Fiona Lally.

Ruth Abram: The Fall And Rise Of Rural America

Aug 16, 2016

Alarmed by a study documenting the demise of America’s small rural towns, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack called for “a national commitment to create new opportunities . . . [to] keep folks in our small towns and re-ignite economic growth across the nation.”

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the creation of a new U.S. Rural Infrastructure Opportunity Fund that will allow private entities to invest in rural infrastructure projects.

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An aide to Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy is getting a new job.