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The research is clear: A growing disparity exists between rural and urban areas. Since Dodd-Frank and the 2008 crisis, the community banking environment has left many small businesses in rural area without access to needed growth capital. Since 2011, metro employment has rebounded, while rural employment continues at near-recessionary levels.

Furthering this gap, rural policy in America today follows a largely one-size-fits-all approach, in which unknowledgeable lawmakers often poorly modify urban policy to fit non-urban settings, putting rural communities at risk of no longer being viable – economically, socially or politically.

Take a look at the USDA 2018 Rural Prosperity Report

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