Rural Development

A group of people at a ribbon cutting ceremony in front of a new home.
By Jennie Blizzard
Discover how the Central Nebraska Economic Development District champions affordable housing in rural Nebraska. Executive Director Judy Petersen shares innovative strategies and financing mechanisms for delivering housing solutions in small communities.
Doug Erb and his family
By Jennie Blizzard
Discover how a dedicated music teacher, Doug Erb, rooted himself in rural Nebraska, navigating the challenges of finding affordable housing and contributing to community growth.
Blossom Johnston
By Jennie Blizzard
Blossom Johnston's strong connection to nature in rural communities, and her passion for children, led her to Idaho almost 40 years ago.
By Jennie Blizzard
Together, Appalachia Funders Network and the Appalachian Regional Commission leverage each other’s networks to help bridge funding gaps — what they consider an essential ingredient in capacity building.
Business district located in a rural American town.
By Nick Haltom, Stephanie Norris
Get insightful data and findings from the Richmond Fed's 2023 CDFI Survey, highlighting the impact and challenges of rural CDFIs.
Woman speaking to an audience in a community center
By Jennie Blizzard
Maria Chaparro and Bob Bunting share how authentic community input, coupled with intentional collaboration, is advancing digital inclusion in rural Doña Ana County, New Mexico.
Maria Chaparro
By Jennie Blizzard
Mamacítas Cibernéticas (Cybernetic Mamas) wants to make sure the community has a say when it comes to digital inclusion in Doña Ana County, New Mexico.
Andrew Dumont, Leilani Barnett, and Diane Bevan, Executive Director of the Idaho Women's Business Center and Idaho Hispanic Chamber at a recent Rural Success Summit hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
By Jennie Blizzard
The Fed’s Rural Learning Community (RLC) shares knowledge about what affects rural communities and how best to foster opportunity in rural areas.
By Jennie Blizzard
Breyon says he’s continued the family legacy for many reasons, but one stands out. As a self-proclaimed “history nerd,” he says he wants to do his part to keep Black-owned family farms alive.
Rural Native Town at foothills of mountain range
By Andrew Dumont, Andrew Huff
By centering their traditional values in their economies and ways of life, many Native communities in the United States are making progress towards higher levels of prosperity.