A veteran journalist sat down with Oregon Business to discuss the community news industry. He hopes to “find out how small rural newspapers can scale up” to create a stronger financial template for community journalism. He sites the “intense hunger for good local information” – a need that community papers are primed to fill.
A startup company is working with local public agencies and non-profits in Nebraska to help rural residents get where they need to go, reports the Lincoln Journal Star. The company helps people find transportation services available in their area. It also hires private people on contract to provide transportation in areas where no options exist.
The iVantage INDEX recently named the “2017 Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals,” published by the Chartis Center for Rural Health. This organization assists rural facilities, community hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals in the U.S. through research and advisory services.
Rural areas in New Hampshire are seeing increased mobile broadband availability, according to the NH Business Review. One company is opening new offices in the area after completing a broadband expansion project in Coos County.
Oklahoma’s governor recently announced a new program to help strengthen rural economies, The Oklahoman reported. The state is partnering with eight other organizations and the program includes a $200,000 federal match. The goal is to provide training and assistance to help rural and Native American communities expand and diversify business in their areas.
The Duluth News Tribune tells the story of a baker in rural baker in Minnesota who just received the Upper Midwest Bakery Association Hall of Fame lifetime achievement award. The 85-year-old talked about what it takes to make a small-town bakery thrive.