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

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The Pulse of Rural

Articles & Releases

NEWS RELEASE: RFI-Funded Research Project Receives International and National Attention

December 12, 2017
LINCOLN, Neb. — December 12, 2017 — Marketing Hometown America, a funded research project from the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska, is receiving national and international attention.  Led by RFI Faculty Fellow Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, the project is designed …
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RFI PROJECT UPDATE: Increasing Rural Civic Engagement in the Digital Age

December 6, 2017
 Now that you know more about rural broadband expert Roberto Gallardo (see yesterday’s feature!), here are the details about the 2017 RFI-funded research and engagement project he is leading with Jeremy Harris Lipschultz, professor with the UNO Social Media …
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FEATURE: Get an overview of the rural broadband issue from expert Roberto Gallardo, Ph.D.

December 5, 2017
 “The Digital Age is in full swing,” says Dr. Roberto Gallardo, assistant director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development. Hear from him about the importance of bringing rural and urban communities together to address the digital divide so …
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RFI PROJECT UPDATE: Rural Narratives on Welcoming Communities

December 4, 2017
 We are excited to share the latest about each of our 2017 RFI research and teaching projects throughout the next few weeks. First up, “Rural Narratives on Welcoming Communities,” which is led by RFI Faculty Fellow Athena Ramos of …
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