Report on Rural America
Newly formed White House Rural Council releases a report on Jobs and Economic Security for Rural America, highlighting recent accomplishments in rural communities.
Golden grains of wheat.
this month, the White House Rural Council released
a new report entitled Jobs and Economic
Security for Rural America, which lays out the economic landscape rural
Americans face today and highlights the Administration’s key accomplishments in
rural communities. The Jobs and Economic
Security for Rural America report focuses on five critical areas: creating jobs
and promoting economic growth, improving access to quality health care and
education, fostering innovation, expanding outdoor opportunities, and
supporting veterans and military families.
“This report on Jobs and Economic Security in Rural America underscores the
commitment my Administration is making to rural communities,” said President
Obama. “It highlights some of the many
programs and policies my Administration has implemented in rural America to
support economic growth. It also offers
a look at the economic agenda we will continue to pursue during my Presidency.”
report highlights the importance of understanding some of the specific needs as
well as unique opportunities found within rural America,” Secretary of Agriculture Tom
Vilsack said. “It also presents vital strategies that can and will be used to
seize those opportunities and tackle some of the toughest challenges facing our
June 9, President Obama signed an Executive Order establishing the first White
House Rural Council to accelerate the ongoing work of promoting economic growth
in rural America. The Council is focused on increasing rural
access to capital, spurring agricultural innovation, expanding digital and
physical infrastructure in rural areas, and creating economic opportunities
through conservation and outdoor recreation.
week, the President and members of the White House Rural Council hosted the
White House Rural Economic Forum at Northeast
College in Peosta, Iowa, as part of the President’s three-day economic bus
tour in the Midwest. The Forum brought
together farmers, small business owners, private sector leaders, rural
organizations, and government officials to discuss ideas and initiatives to
promote economic growth, accelerate hiring, and spur innovation in rural
communities and small towns across the nation. During the tour, President
engaged directly with a variety of rural leaders from across the nation to
discuss the importance of growing small businesses and strengthening the middle
class in rural America.
report is available online. Highlights from the report include:
The Administration has made significant investments in supporting job creation
in rural America, including providing more than $6.2 billion in financing to
help nearly 10,000 rural businesses expand, grow, and innovate, creating or
saving over 250,000 jobs; providing more than $5 billion in farm operating and
ownership loans to help over 35,000 small and medium sized operations; and
expanding U.S. agricultural exports, supporting over 800,000 American jobs and
generating a 35-to-1 return on investment.
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