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Rural Economic Vibrancy: Embrace The Truck

Throughout my career as a rural economic developer I have consistently run into an anti-rural iconography bias. I have been told that advertising campaigns which highlight a community's agricultural heritage were "hokey," and that pictures of trucks and tractors on brochures sent a "backwards" message. 

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Wonderful Success Stories And Replicable Success Strategies

Everyone loves a success story; that plucky little startup that overcame all the odds and went on to become Apple, or that downtrodden lumber town that found new life as a center for technology and innovation. 

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The Life and Times of a Rural Economic Developer

It’s a couple of days after Christmas and the Chamber of Commerce building in Uptown Wadesboro, North Carolina, where my office is located, is closed through New Years. 

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