“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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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

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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 26 RFI Serviceship Builds Communities and Future Leaders with UNL, UNK Students

May 18, 2018
  May 18, 2018 Chuck sat down with Tyan Boyer and Raghav Kidambi, two 2018 RFI Student Serviceship interns who will be living, working and serving in rural Nebraska communities this summer. Tyan, from Plainview, Neb., is studying exercise science …
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NU Interior Design Students Create Projects To Attract Creative Class Throughout Rural Nebraska

May 10, 2018
UNL Architecture students focused their studio projects on rural communities across Nebraska, including: Plattsmouth, Ord, Valentine, Cozad, Memphis, Firth, Brownville, Hickman, Filley, Stapleton, Ogallala, Holdrege, Franklin, Kimball, Brule, Gibbon, Pender and Johnson Lake. Chuck Schroeder, Founding Executive Director of the …
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NEWS RELEASE: Fellows Elected to Great Plains Board of Governors

May 8, 2018
LINCOLN, Neb. — May 8, 2018 — Two fellows from the Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska have been elected as members of the Board of Governors for The Center for Great Plains Studies. The fellows, who will serve …
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Catch Up With Chuck Episode 25 Attracting the Rural Creative Class with UNL Interior Design Students and Faculty

May 4, 2018
  May 4, 2018 In this episode of Catch Up With Chuck, Stacy Spale, lecturer of interior design in the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, and one of her students, Kenzie Klein, join Chuck to discuss a …
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