Thank You To Our Partners | Microsoft Technology & Corporate Responsibility

With Gratitude


During this month of Thanksgiving, we take some extra time to share our gratitude for all of our partners — individuals and communities of place and practice. Thank you for all you do to bring forward the research and hands-on work for thriving rural communities of the future.


The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska understands that to truly make a statewide, regional, national and international impact for current and future residents of rural communities, we must partner with the boldest, action-oriented thought leaders and achievers around the world.


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Today we especially thank Microsoft Technology & Corporate Responsibility under the leadership of Shelley McKinley.


With a purpose to empower every person on the planet, Microsoft has placed special emphasis on rural broadband through its Airband Initiative.

RFI was pleased to host Shelley McKinley, General Manager of Technology & Corporate Responsibility in March 2018, for two days of future-focused, collaborative discussions with leaders from across Nebraska as well as students, faculty and administration of the University of Nebraska.

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Shelley also appeared on Episode 2 of the Rural Futures podcast, “Rural Futures with Dr. Connie.”



Episode 2


Through the invitation of Shelley, RFI Interim Executive Director & Chief Futurist Connie Reimers-Hild, Ph.D., is presenting as a futurist with a critical rural perspective at the Women’s Forum Global Meeting this week. Conversations are also continuing regarding a collaborative project between RFI, Microsoft, the University of Nebraska and the state of Nebraska.


Thank you, Microsoft Technology & Corporate Responsibility for your dedication to inclusion and access for all.