|Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, Iowa||“Lt. Governor Gregg Empowers Rural Iowa Communities”|
- Rural set-asides in tax credit and grant programs, and eased regulations for projects
- Targeted broadband incentives for higher speeds and underserved areas
- Investing in rural leadership development
|National Association of Home Builders||“Soaring Lumber Costs Have Added $16,000 to the Price of a New Home”|
- Spur agricultural jobs by calling for/incentivizing increased lumber production
- Improve rural housing affordability by asking for the prioritization of a softwood lumber agreement with Canada
|Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton, Illinois||“Educate On & Highlight Agricultural Producers”|
- Ensure and advocate for ag education for all young people, in all states
- Highlight farmers, producers, specialty growers, and businesses
- Rural, young people need access to post-secondary education and broadband
|Abbott Nutrition||“Malnutrition as a Social Determinant of Health”|
- Malnutrition is a determinant of health, especially for older adults and minorities
- Malnourished patients have longer hospital stays, higher costs and mortality.
- Educate patients on the importance of talking nutrition with doctors.
|Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Indiana||“A Report: State Strategies for Rural Recovery Post-COVID”|
- Universities, state agencies, the lieutenant governor and more work together.
- Keeping people housed in rural areas is essential.
- Broadband is essential to rural agribusiness, education, and health.
|Pew Charitable Trusts||“State Broadband Programs: Who Runs Them & What Are They Doing?”|
- One-third of states have broadband goals in an agency; others in task forces
- Improving broadband includes engaging stakeholders, managing reliable data, executing plans, and administering grants
|Lt. Governor Lynn Rogers, Kansas||“The Office of Rural Prosperity”|
- Lt. Governor leads Office of Rural Prosperity and conducted a listening tour of 130 meetings in 44 towns
- Conducting first housing study in decades for targeted investments
- Kansas Certified Sites Program tells developers when the state deems a site ideal for investment and growth
|No Kid Hungry||“Summer SNAP for Children: A Tool to Feed Hungry Kids in Rural Communities”|
- Maryland provides an additional $30 per summer month and $10 in December for each child in households receiving SNAP benefits, directly to existing EBT cards.
- The model taps existing food supply chains and generates additional revenue for food retailers and local economies while providing nutritional assistance.
|Lt. Governor Billy Nungesser, Louisiana||“Crawfish Etouffee never tasted so good”|
- Louisiana produces about 90% of the nation’s commercial crawfish.
- These come from 120,000 acres of ponds on at least 120,000 farms.
- Many crawfish ponds are also cultivated to produce rice the same year.
|Americans for the Arts||“The Rebuilding Power of The Arts in Rural Communities”|
- Rural arts draw nonlocal audiences at greater rates than urban (31% vs 19%).
- Innovation companies in rural counties rises proportionately with local arts.
- Residents of arts-rich rural communities earn higher incomes.
- In unlocking nature to enrich the quality of life:
- ADM feed optimizes shrimp growth by 10% and reduces mortality by 40%;
- Developed FDME, a building-block for sustainable plastics.