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Guest Column: Points Of Light Connect Rural, Urban Areas


January 21, 2019

Twenty years ago this month, I was just finishing up work with the “Rural Prosperity Task Force,” an intense, six-month investigation of rural North Carolina. The 25-member group, made up of people from the rural and urban parts of our state, issued a series of recommendations designed to help rural North Carolina navigate through a painful series of body blows: huge job losses as manufacturing companies shuttered or shrank, a significant loss of income as the national tobacco program ended, and a slow hemorrhage of talent, as young people moved away.

The report argued that there was a...

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