Small Towns

Rural communities hold the keys to survival in their own hands. With help from policies that build on their strengths as desirable places to live and raise families, they can thrive.

Community Development

To thrive, rural communities must invest in themselves and their futures, including rural schools and rural leaders.

Community Food Systems

Local farmers markets, community gardens, and local and regional food systems provide fresh, healthy food for all and keep money circulating in the local economy.

Rural Groceries

Small towns across rural America are losing their grocery stores, and we’re working to help groceries stay around.

Small Towns Notes

 

Addressing Obesity in Nebraska’s Youth: Water Consumption in Schools

Due to the time young people spend there, schools are a natural location for proactive, cost-effective interventions to reduce obesity. Policy options to do so include more access to no-cost drinking water, education, promotion of water as a substitute for sugary beverages, and inclusion of water fountains and/or water bottle filling stations in new school buildings.

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Apoyo Político 101

Las políticas estatales y nacionales tienen un impacto directo en nuestras vidas diarias. Entonces, ¿qué puedo hacer yo para afectar la política? Nuestros representantes son elegidos para actuar en representación nuestra para darle forma a las políticas que nos afectan. Se puede interactuar con representantes electos a través de el apoyo político. Comprender el apoyo político y a lo que se refiere ser un defensor de las formulaciones​ de las políticas es muy clave en tener conocimiento de nuestro sistema político y hacer oír nuestras voces.

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Stories of rural resiliency: ensuring our children are fed

Rural communities are showcasing resiliency by ensuring kids are fed during widespread school closures caused by the coronavirus.

In my hometown of West Point, Nebraska, the schools have closed for the time being like many other communities. In nearby Kansas, they just announced closure for the remainder of the school year. With so many uncertainties surrounding us, where the next meal is coming from should not be one of them. This should especially not be a concern for growing young bodies who happen to be our rural legacy.

Nebraska Unicameral Update - March 24, 2020

On March 16, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nebraska Legislature postponed its 2020 session until it is safe and necessary to call members back. The Legislature did reconvene on Monday after Speaker Jim Scheer announced last week that senators will meet for three legislative days for the sole purpose of addressing needs arising from the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Nebraska. LB 1198, which was amended to provide $83.6 million in emergency funding, advanced to final reading on a unanimous vote.