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Rural areas and small towns face a unique set of challenges and opportunities.

As part of our mission to strengthen our nation’s economy, we're committed to helping these communities and their residents reach their economic potential.

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Investing in Rural America

March 1, 2022

President Tom Barkin discusses critical investments to support rural economic development.

Tom Barkin
President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

Rural Spotlight Series



Rural Entrepreneurship

May 11, 2022

Host Tim Sablik discusses his recent research on the value of entrepreneurs in the economic growth of rural places and small towns, as well as the obstacles that they face compared to more urban communities. Sablik also talks with Erika Bell and Laura Ullrich about what they have learned from their contacts in North Carolina and South Carolina about rural entrepreneurship. Bell is community development regional manager for the Carolinas and Ullrich is a regional economist in the Richmond Fed's Charlotte branch.


The Pricing and Supply of Rural Housing

March 16, 2022

Sierra Latham and Peter Dolkart discuss their work on the availability of affordable housing in small towns and rural communities. Latham is a senior research analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and Dolkart is a community development regional manager based in the Richmond Fed's Baltimore office.

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