Research & Innovation
Many of the Rural Center’s research initiatives lead to significant public policy measures. Twice, for example, Rural Center studies of water and sewer infrastructure resulted new funding programs – Clean Water Bonds Act of 1998 and the Clean Water Partners Infrastructure Program in 2007. The Small Towns Initiative resulted in a 17-point policy agenda. Other large-scale initiatives have focused on workforce preparation and entrepreneurship.
Permanent programs also grow out of these initiatives. Our own Rural Economic Development Institute, for example, began as a demonstration program, and our Communities of Faith Initiative led to creation of the independent nonprofit, Faith Partnership Inc.
Among other past initiatives: