"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

Catch Up With Chuck Episode 10 Entrepreneurship in the Rural Future with RFI Fellow Robert Stowell

January 18, 2018
  Jan. 18, 2017 Joining Chuck in this week’s episode of Catch Up With Chuck is RFI Community Innovation Fellow Robert Stowell, J.D., founding member of Stowell & Geweke, PC, LLO. Since opening his law practice in Ord, Nebraska, in …
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RFI Founding Executive Director To Retire June 2018

December 21, 2017
RFI Founding Executive Director Chuck Schroeder announced his plans to retire in June 2018 as well as some of the plans for the Institute via today’s Catch Up With Chuck, our weekly Facebook video series.
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RFI Project Update: Building Capacity for the Family Health and Wellness Coalition

December 21, 2017
Social, environmental and behavioral determinants of health account for 60 percent of a person’s health status. Consequently, community development can influence health and a healthy community has a significant economic impact. Faculty from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, University …
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NEWS RELEASE: RFI Faculty Fellow Jessica Shoemaker Presents at International Workshop

December 19, 2017
LINCOLN, Neb. — December 19, 2017 — Rural Futures Institute Faculty Fellow Jessica Shoemaker recently presented as an invited scholar at the Legal Reforms for Indigenous Economic Growth workshop in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The workshop, held on Oct. 20 and 21, 2017, …
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