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Investing in Infrastructure: Rural Strategies for Building and Maintaining Healthy Local Economies
Water, roads, bridges, broadband, affordable housing - these pieces of physical infrastructure are all critical to fostering prosperous rural communities with a good quality of life. Physical infrastructure is an interconnected, intrinsic component of strong communities, yet the different aspects of rural infrastructure are often discussed in separate spaces. The sad reality is that many rural regions and Native nations across the US face crumbling or nonexistent infrastructure, caused by deferred maintenance as well as a lack of equitable investment, access to capital, or strong government relationships. Over time, this underinvestment has led to inequitable outcomes – and in the absence of quality infrastructure, some rural and tribal communities face challenges in accessing basic needs like clean drinking water and safe housing, which limits their ability to improve health outcomes or grow their economy.

Join us on August 16 at 3:00 PM ET for the next Rural Opportunity and Development Session to explore why new federal funding presents a momentous opportunity to invest in rural physical infrastructure—and hear strategies on how communities can effectively leverage this funding to build thriving rural places. How are water and wastewater systems, broadband, housing, roads and bridges interconnected, and how can these different components of physical infrastructure support sustainable and equitable community and economic development? What unique obstacles do Native nations face when building or rebuilding infrastructure because of historical disinvestment? Come to learn about the infrastructure challenges rural regions and Native nations are facing and discover promising strategies to pave the way forward.

Aug 16, 2021 03:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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