The U.S. labor and agriculture secretaries wrote a recent op-ed highlighting some positive rural business trends in the IT field. Several companies are training and hiring software developers in rural areas, bringing jobs that pay 50 percent more than the average.
In Utah, the Governornor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) approved grants for eight rural businesses in the state. The projects are supposed to create up to 84 new jobs that pay higher than the average wages in their respective counties. Much of the grant funding is being matched by private investment.
Leaders in Cleveland County, North Carolina want to build on economic growth that has occurred there over the last few years. The county has already invested millions into developing buildings and infrastructure to attract large manufacturing companies. Target sectors include energy, advanced materials, automotive, consumer products, distribution, defense and aerospace and data centers.