Unleashing the Potential of Rural America
Rural America is vital to our country’s past, present, and future. It is the main source of food and energy for our country. Our economy depends on its abundant natural resources. New generations of immigrants from all over the world are joining descendants of earlier waves from places like Germany, Italy, and Ireland to create a strong American workforce in rural communities across the country.
Rural America is brimming with possibility. Yet our government too often treats rural America as an afterthought, and it shows. Rural Americans today die younger than urban Americans. Singh, G. K., and M. Siahpush. “Widening Rural–Urban Disparities in Life Expectancy, U.S., 1969–2009.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine 46, no. 2 (February 2014): 19-29. Farm income has plummeted,“Highlights From the March 2019 Farm Income Forecast.” United States Department of Agriculture. March 7, 2019. more workers are sinking into poverty, Thiede, Brian, Lillie Greiman, Stephan Weiler, Steven C. Beda, Tessa Conroy, Rural Sociology, and Professor of Economics. “Six Charts That Illustrate the Divide between Rural and Urban America.”The Conversation. March 16, 2017.and job growth is lagging compared to urban areas. “Rural Employment and Unemployment.” United States Department of Agriculture. July 31, 2019. Opioids are ravaging a generation. Access to quality health care, including mental health care, is often literally out of reach. Parents are wondering if their kids will have the opportunity to thrive where they grew up. For many young people the answer is “no,” and they are fleeing to cities to find jobs.
Rural America is brimming with possibility.
Pete’s plan focuses on renewing and reimagining opportunity specifically in rural America, to unleash its staggering potential. This is a make-or-break moment in our nation’s history, and we need to meet this moment with the urgency it requires. With a renewed dedication to rural communities, smart investments, and innovative ideas, rural America can not only meet our national challenges—rural America can lead the way in tackling them.
We’re building a movement to meet this make-or-break moment for rural America and communities across our country. If you’re with us, text RURAL to 25859.
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