"I'm a simple man. Grew up in a small town. Came from humble beginnings. No silver spoon."
- Robin S. Sharma
The Girl With Big Visions & Small Town Values
Ensuring Jobs : We need to support the creation of long term, sustainably-driven employment that provide opportunities for rural and smaller communities. We need to support tourism and local business. We need to find local alternatives for factory, oil & gas, and coal workers displaced by renewable technologies.
Personal Note: Growing up in a small, rural mountain town, for many years the primary economic opportunity was the local pulp and paper mill. Of course, with the internet boom and green technologies, the paper industry as suffered and the mill ultimately closed, losing thousands of jobs, including my father's. No reasonable alternative has come to this area and the rates of poverty, drug use, and crime have drastically increased. I personally understand the need to work hard not to allow this to happen to the communities affected by modernization.
Technological Innovation : We should encourage technological innovation for rural-specific needs via government grant science and technology funding, including innovation for small farms, government-funded electric charging stations to enhance access at no cost to small towns, updated police forces, and more.
Open Spaces : Work to protect the valuable privacy of small communities and the open spaces which lie between them and nearby metropolis areas. Cities are wonderful, but we should do our best to preserve peaceful, country living opportunities, too.
Quality Education Access : For many, the interest to go to school is superseded by the proximity and/or cost. We should work to provide programs to ease the educational opportunity.
Quality Healthcare Access : Often those who live in rural areas are too far away from the treatment they need and therefore go untreated. We need to work to create mobilized healthcare programs to help end healthcare deserts.
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Programs : It is our moral standard to help those in their time of need. We need to fund and increase community programs, particularly rural communities, for substance (and other forms of) abuse. We need to work to remove the stigma of getting help.