Rural America

All We Want is The Chance to Compete: Economic Development in Rural America

eBay Seller Bill Ingersoll on running a business in rural America and competing in the modern, global economy.

In the last few years, Washington has been focusing on people like me — that is, people from economically-distressed rural America. That attention is a good thing. Rural America is in trouble. Unfortunately, the national discussion has focused on how to “save” rural America.

Rural America Matters: Investing in Rural Communities


By Chris Shaffner - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

As CoBank’s Vice President of Public Private Partnerships, Chris Shaffner manages the bank’s Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) portfolio, new equity investments, as well as the Rural Investment Opportunity Fund in partnership with Capitol Peak Asset Management and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Rural America Matters

America Depends on its Rural Communities

By Sarah Tyree, Vice President, Government Affairs, CoBank

Sarah Tyree provides a seasoned perspective on issues affecting rural America with more than 24 years of experience in rural development policy for state and federal governments and the biotechnology industry, as well as in domestic and international agriculture.

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