30 July 2014

Rewriting the Rural Narrative

For the week of August 3rd, 2014

When many people think of rural America, they envision shuttered storefronts, abandoned farmsteads and a shrinking population. But that’s not a very accurate picture. In recent years, more people in their 30s and 40s are moving to rural areas in search of affordable housing and an appealing lifestyle. On this week’s Access Minnesota, Ben Winchester from the University of Minnesota’s Extension Center for Community Vitality joins us to discuss this rural rebound.

  • Guest: Ben Winchester, Research Fellow for the University of Minnesota Extension’s Center for Community Vitality
  • Issues: The growth of rural populations over the last 40 years; How population shifts in previous generations contribute to an outdated narrative around rural America; The advantages of rural community life; How Minnesota’s rural communities can attract and retain more residents
  • Part 1

    Part 1

  • Part 2

    Part 2