Author: Diane Smith

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 […]

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 […]