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These posts examine local, regional and national data that matter to the Fifth District economy and our communities.

June 16, 2022

The New River Valley Regional Commission is an example of how a regional development organization can galvanize innovative, sustainable regional and local housing strategies to serve its small towns and rural communities.  

Sierra Latham and Tiffany Hollin-Wright

June 9, 2022

Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, have people moved away from urban cores in favor of more rural areas?

May 12, 2022

This new system for measuring community college outcomes better reflects how the institutions are serving their students and communities than current data collection methods.

May 5, 2022

Housing and transportation represent the two largest living expenses in most households, but local investment can address households’ travel needs.

April 28, 2022

Although U.S. employment in manufacturing has decreased since the 1980s, the industry has become a vital employer in rural areas, where it pays above-average wages.

April 14, 2022

Small businesses remained challenged throughout 2021 and those that sought financing to bridge funding gaps experienced a higher rate of denials than before the pandemic.

Surekha Carpenter and Molly O'Quinn

March 31, 2022
In our March business survey, we found that firms continue to struggle finding workers across skill levels, particularly in the low- to mid-skill range.
March 24, 2022

Revised historical monthly employment and unemployment data provide new clarity on the track of labor market recovery in Fifth District states.

March 17, 2022

Intermediary organizations, including anchor institutions, rural development hubs, and collective impact backbone organizations, play an important role in rural capacity building. 

Jason W. Smith

March 3, 2022

Congress allocated $65 billion for broadband in the IIJA, but bridging the digital divide will require cooperation among federal, state and local actors.

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