Author: Diane Smith

Police Killings in Rural America?

In the aftermath of the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, it’s clear all of America needs to be deeply concerned about the use of deadly force by law enforcement. Surprisingly, rural and small town America may need to worry most. A recent story in FiveThirtyEight delivers a number of worrisome […]

Big Gov? Socialism? Rural America and Federal Money

After I wrote TheNewRural, I spent years traveling across America, talking about technology and rural economic development. Often as we discussed solutions for increasing prosperity off the beaten path, I’d have to remind folks that policymakers heard repeatedly from rural Americans, “We don’t want big government, we don’t believe in government assistance.” And I’d point […]

Business Loss at Great Depression Levels

According to Axios, more business were lost in the last 3 months than all of the Great Recession. This has staggering implications for rural and small towns. According to Robert Fairlie, an economist at UC Santa Cruz, at least 3.3M business shut their doors from February to April of this year. Why does this matter […]

CARES Act – Is the Money Going to Rural America?

A recent op-ed in the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette made an interesting claim that the “$3 trillion in coronavirus aid isn’t heading to hometown America, but to large municipalities.” Is that true?  My colleague Marc has a good take on the overall numbers.  There he concludes that rural states are taking in more per capita in coronavirus […]