"The University of Nebraska, together with partners, is rigorously seeking and developing solutions that will help our rural people and places."
Chuck Schroeder
Founding Executive Director
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We Believe

People have the capacity to shape their own futures.

Communities are not just localities, but also networked groups of individuals working together toward a common goal and shared purpose.

Leaders are known by their vision, ideas, energy, passion and engagement in collective action.

Entrepreneurs are individuals and communities that combine strategic foresight and grit to take action to reach their desired futures.

Diverse and inclusive leadership is needed to propel communities forward.

Our complex future requires mutual respect and collaboration between rural and urban regions and communities.

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The Pulse of Rural

Articles & Releases

Positive Psychology for Winter Blues

November 16, 2017
  By Crystal Ramm, Central Community College Ord Learning Center Manager & Regional Coordinator Winter is coming, and in some parts of Nebraska, snow has already made an unexpected and untimely appearance. There is nothing like trick-or-treating with mittens, stocking …
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Share Your Nebraska Pride—Be a Good Life Ambassador!

November 9, 2017
  By Allison Hatch, Talent Attraction Coordinator at the Nebraska Department of Economic Development The Department of Economic Development (DED) and our partners are launching an exciting new initiative this fall called the Good Life Ambassadors, to bring together citizens …
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RFI Connects “Fierce” Rural Innovators From Japan and Nebraska

November 6, 2017
  Article By: Katelyn Ideus, Director of Communications & Public Relations, Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska Video By: Avery Sass, former RFI Communications Intern   Rural communities in the Great Plains face similar challenges to rural communities …
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Get a Business Card and Use it Effectively

October 19, 2017
First off, networking is interacting with another person. I commonly think of networking as a face-to-face interaction with someone you most likely don’t know. It is a way to create a link between you and that other person. A business card is a professional way of sharing printed contact information with that new connection.
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