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Impact Stories: CEA Manufacturing

Impact Stories: CEA Manufacturing

“This loan allowed us to jump to the next level in our capabilities." -Steve Yauch It’s quiet here, perhaps surprisingly so, on the manufacturing floor of CEA Manufacturing’s 55,000-square-foot headquarters in Smithfield. The room is brightly-lit and spotless....

Broadband Innovation: Person County

Broadband Innovation: Person County

We’re an aging population. It begged us to ask, ‘If children aren’t able to have access to do homework and connect to schools and libraries, is this part of the problem in keeping young people engaged and attracted to our community?’ —Heidi York, Person...

Broadband Innovation: PANGAEA Internet

Broadband Innovation: PANGAEA Internet

“I can’t stress enough the value of public-private partnerships. That has made this whole thing work.” — Ron Walters, executive director, PANGAEA Internet Ron Walters likes to use a diagram when he speaks to groups, a picture that illustrates the...

Impact Stories: Dr. Karen Torres

Impact Stories: Dr. Karen Torres

"It really didn’t seem real. I didn’t think any of this was possible, for me to be in this beautiful space. I can do the dentistry I want to do and offer the type of services and atmosphere that our patients deserve." Dr. Karen Torres knew it was time to make a...

Rural Road Trip Update

Rural Road Trip Update

Last spring, Patrick Woodie and John Coggin set out on a quest: visit each of the 80 counties served by the Rural Center and meet with community leaders - elected officials, business leaders, health care workers, educators, and civic champions - to hear what was going...

Dispatches From DC

Dispatches From DC

2018 Farm Bill Reauthorization    April 20 The current Farm Bill (Public Law 113-79) expires September 30, 2018. The measure authorizes various commodity, trade, rural development, agricultural research, and food and nutrition programs. Some programs are assured...