Webinar: Understanding the Rise in Rural Child Poverty

Webinar: Understanding the Rise in Rural Child Poverty, 2003-2014


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Date: Monday, May 23, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Thomas Hertz, Economist, Economic Research Service, USDA


Rural child poverty fell during the 1990s, but trended upward from 2003 to 2012, rising during the economic expansion of 2003-07, the recession of 2007-2009, and in the first few years of economic recovery. The share of rural children living in poverty peaked in 2012 at 26.7 percent, the highest rate since at least 1968. The rural child poverty rate has since declined, but it remains significantly higher than in 2003.

ERS economist Thomas Hertz will present findings from his recent report co-authored by ERS geographer Tracey Farrigan, Understanding the Rise in Rural Child Poverty, 2003-2014, on the causes of rising rural child poverty since 2003. Their analysis seeks to explain the relative importance of changes in average rural incomes, changes in income inequality, and changes in rural demographics.

Webinar: Cultivating Entrepreneurs in Rural Communities

Innovative Approaches to Strengthen Rural Entrepreneurship

Discussions of innovation, venture capital and other tech-based economic development topics often focus on metro areas, but rural communities throughout the country are developing novel approaches to TBED. Two of these organizations – the Center for Innovation at the University of North Dakota and Business Oregon – will join SSTI on a special webinar discussing how TBED can achieve prosperity in non-metro regions.

To learn more about TBED efforts, join us for this month’s webinar: Cultivating Entrepreneurs in Rural Communities.

Cultivating Entrepreneurs in Rural Communities

Wednesday, March 23 at 3:00 P.M. ET
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Date: Wednesday, March 23
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 P.M. ET
Location: Online — Gather your colleagues around the conference table or from the comforts of home
Cost: $49 member, $69 non-members

Enacting a successful tech-based economic development strategy poses unique challenges in rural areas. Yet, with educational attainment rates lower and poverty rates higher than metro areas, there are clear motivations for striving to improve rural prosperity. During this month’s Inspiring Thought webinar, SSTI will host a conversation with some of the country’s successful and innovative rural TBED programs.


  • Bruce Gjovig, Entrepreneur Coach & Director of the Center for Innovation, University of North Dakota
  • Heather Stafford, Assistant Director Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Business Oregon
  • Catherine Renault (moderator), Principal and Owner, Innovation Policyworks LLC

Nebraska Main Street Network Webinar

“Simple Building Improvements for (Almost) No Money”

Many property owners and tenants, especially in small towns want to improve their property, but they simply can’t afford to do an expensive total rehabilitation. Learn how even very small budget projects can have a big visual impact on a building and help create the important positive momentum for your Main Street program.

PRESENTER:  Tim Reinders, Design Specialist, Main Street Iowa/Iowa Downtown Resource Center

DATE:  Monday, February 22, 2016

TIME: 11:30am to 1:00pm Central Time



  • Lincoln at theSoutheast Community College Entrepreneurship Center (285 S. 68th Street Place, Room 211). RSVP to Elizabeth Chase, Nebraska Main Street Network office at 402-499-3703 orechase@windstream.net
  • Wayne at the Wayne Area Economic Development/Chamber/Main Street office (108 W. 3rd Street).  RSVP to Irene Fletcher, Main Street Wayne at 402-375-2240 or ifletcher@wayneworks.org
  • Beatrice at the Beatrice Carnegie Building/Beatrice Chamber (218 N 5th Street) upstairs conference room. RSVP to Michael Sothan, Main Street Beatrice at 402-223-3244 or msothan@mainstreetbeatrice.org
  • Plattsmouth at the Plattsmouth Library (401 Avenue A).  RSVP to Charles Jones, Plattsmouth Main Street Association at 402-408-3727 or plattsmainst@gmail.com
  • Neligh at the Neligh Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development Office (105 East 2nd Street). RSVP to Lauren Sheridan-Simonsen, Neligh Chamber of Commerce at 402-887-4447 or lauren@neligh.org
  • York location TBA. RSVP to Rhonda Veleba, York Area Chamber of Commerce at 402-362-5531 orrhondav@yorkchamber.org
  • Hastings at the Chamber of Commerce (301 S. Burlington). RSVP to Tiffany Crouse, Downtown Center Association at 402-310-9179 or downtownhastings@gmail.com

NOTE:  Each site has a different policy re: lunch so please consult with each site host. Some of the sites will provide lunch for a fee, others are BYO brown bag lunch.



MEMBERS:  Tuition is $5 per person for Nebraska Main Street Network Member attendees from designated Main Street, Co-op Partner, Associate Member and Rural Associate Member communities.

NON-MEMBERS: Tuition is $10 for non-members



If you have questions about this webinar, please contact the Nebraska Main Street Network 402-499-3703 orechase@windstream.net

The Nebraska Main Street Network inspires downtown revitalization through education and is an accredited coordinating program of the National Main Street Center. Designated Main Street communities in Nebraska include: Beatrice, Falls City, Fremont, Grand Island, Plattsmouth, Sidney and Wayne.  Associate and Rural Associate Members include: Bassett, Hastings, Lexington, McCook, Minden, Milford, Neligh, Schuyler, Taylorand York. Co-Op Partners include Farmer’s Cooperative (Dorchester) and Frontier Cooperative (Brainard).  State Agency Partners include the Nebraska Department of Roads, Nebraska State Historical Society, Nebraska Department of Economic Development and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Architecture.