The government-funded Nevada Rural Health Works program is working to increase quality and availability of healthcare in rural Nevada. The program’s director indicated that rural counties in the Silver State are below the state average in licensed physicians. For a company to feel comfortable locating in a rural area, that must change.
Oregon’s rural counties are struggling to keep rural health insurers. Several companies were scaling back coverage in rural counties for next year, though some are reconsidering those decisions. Companies cite the difficulty of making a profit in rural areas as the reason for the departure.
A grant-funded program is providing training to manufacturing workers in Washington’s rural counties. The goal is to position local areas to compete in a global economy. Companies that have received the training report significant increases in revenue.
A former logging town in Oregon is now a tech-hub for some of the biggest players in the industry. The town of Prineville was once home to several lumber mills. But after logging restrictions and the recession hit, the town transformed into the home of several Facebook data centers. Now Apple is coming to town.