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Funding Rural Podcast

Funding Rural is a podcast about how philanthropy can better serve rural communities and spark systemic change.

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Finding Rural Podcast
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East Texas Selected to Host Two Economic Recovery Corps Fellows 

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has announced its inaugural cohort of 65 fellows and host communities, including two in East Texas. 

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International Economic Development Council
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All Eyes on Texas: Community Colleges Focus on Preparing the Workforce of Tomorrow

This new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas examines how the Texas economy is changing and, with it, the state’s need for education and training.

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Dallas Fed
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Marfa Students Cultivate Vertical Farming Skills with Classroom Lessons, Village Farms Tour

Marfa students are immersing themselves in the world of vertical farming, blending classroom instruction with firsthand experiences on village farms.

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Big Bend Sentinel
  • #Agriculture & Food
  • #Education
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More RDOF Defaults Could Be Coming as Stakeholders Seek to Free Up Areas for BEAD

As states get closer to accepting applications for $42.5 billion in BEAD rural broadband funding, more defaults in the previous RDOF rural broadband funding program could be coming.

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Telecompetitor
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Libraries for Health: Reimagining Mental Health Care Delivery in Central Texas

Libraries for Health, an initiative designed and funded by Texas Rural Funder St. David's Foundation and in partnership with Via Hope and RAND, seeks to reimagine the delivery of mental health services by building upon a community anchor - a local public library - that is already in place.

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St. David's Foundation
  • #Arts & Humanities
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1.7 Million Texas Households Are Set to Lose Monthly Internet Subsidy

Kelty Garbee, Executive Director of Texas Rural Funders, spoke with The Texas Tribune about the Affordable Connectivity Program.

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Texas Tribune
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Texas Nonprofit Helps Rural Towns Secure Infrastructure Improvement Grants

Texas Rural Funders spoke with the Public News Service Radio about our Grants Hub, which offers federal and state grant opportunities, along with grant writers who can be hired to assist rural governments or organizations with applications.

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Public News Service Radio
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Digital Redlining and the Black Rural South

For decades, millions of Americans have been forced to go without internet or pay for subpar service, which thwarts opportunities to participate and thrive in today’s society, especially for Black communities in the rural South.

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The Daily Yonder
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Most Texas border counties lack adequate medical facilities and staff. Local leaders are trying to fix that.

More than 90% of Texas’ 32 border counties don’t have enough primary care services, sites or providers to meet local medical needs, according to federal data.

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The Texas Tribune
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Rural Counties Dependent on Recreation Industry Show Best Recovery from Pandemic Employment Loss

Rural recreation counties added to their pre-pandemic employment numbers, but other rural economies struggled to recover.

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The Daily Yonder
  • #Workforce & Economic Development
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BEAD Letter of Credit Alternatives!

We asked and NTIA responded with alternatives to the BEAD Letter of Credit requirement!

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NTIA
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What Can Public Transit Deserts Learn From Paris, Texas? 

The East Texas town has maintained a reliable bus route since 2016, providing a model for rural areas with limited transportation.

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Texas Monthly
  • #Transportation
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Collegiate Edu-Nation Announces Historic Partnership with Texas A&M University System to Tackle Rural One Health Crisis 

This initiative aims to address the critical One Health Crisis in rural areas of Texas and create a sustainable solution through education and community development.

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Collegiate Edu-Nation
  • #Education
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Building Community Capacity in Rural East Texas: The Long Lift

Thrive, not just survive, animates development work in East Texas, where a local family foundation, T.L.L. Temple, and a community development financial institution, Communities Unlimited, are teaming to develop bottom-up structural solutions to building rural capacity.

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Nonprofit Quarterly
  • #Capacity Building
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Texans Approved Billions for Water and Broadband Infrastructure. Now What?

The legislation behind the historic investment directs state agencies to send money to the state’s smaller, cash-strapped towns that have difficulty paying for upgrades. Federal money is also expected to flow to regions that need broadband.

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Texas Tribune
  • #Broadband
  • #Water
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Crafting a Strategic Plan for Your Family Foundation: 5 Questions to Consider

This article highlights 5 questions for family foundations to consider while crafting a strategic plan, and features TRF Member, Hogg Foundation.

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FSG
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Prop 8 Passed!

On November 7, Texas voters weighed in and voted YES on Prop 8!

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TRF
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Submit Public Comments: US Dept. of Education Advisory Committees

The Southwest Regional Advisory Committee for the U.S. Department of Education will provide input on federal technical assistance priorities will be reviewing public comments along with other data and resources as part of a needs-sensing process, and they want to hear from you!

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U.S. Department of Education
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Five Texas Rural Funders Supporting Rural Communities in the Lone Star State

As part of their series on funders who support rural communities, Inside Philanthropy featured five place-based funders supporting rural communities in Texas, including five Texas Rural Funders!

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Inside Philanthropy
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Where to Stand in Texas to See Two Solar Eclipses in Under Six Months

In an extraordinary slice of luck, a small area of the Lone Star State will witness October's annular solar eclipse and April's total solar eclipse. Most of the places where the eclipses will be visible are rural communities!

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Space.com
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Uvalde CISD Moving Forward Foundation Updates

Uvalde CISD enters the final stretch of the Uvalde Moving Forward campaign to fund the design and construction of Uvalde's new elementary school, with updates to share.

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Uvalde CISD
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The Amenity Trap: How High-Amenity Communities Can Avoid Being Loved to Death

More than ever, people are visiting and moving to places with inspiring natural amenities. Yet rapidly growing outdoor recreation economies can also come with serious drawbacks.

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Headwaters Economics
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Op-Ed: Texas Railroad Commission Should Stop Expansion of Coal Mining

The San Miguel coal mine and power plant operation in South Texas has the dirtiest groundwater in the entire U.S., according to research. Now this company wants to expand the mine even more, and this time they want to drive ash across an essential source of drinking water for many South Texans – the San Miguel Creek, which is one of just two tributaries to Choke Canyon Reservoir.

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Caller Times
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Women In Agriculture (1976) | Texas Archive of the Moving Image

This amateur documentary from the Texas Archive of the Moving Image, made by Ouida Whitaker Dean in 1976, focuses on women in agriculture in the rural East Texas town of Timpson, as well as in America at large.

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Texas Archive of the Moving Image
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Commentary: When We Listen to People Carefully, the False Dichotomy of Rural and Urban America Evaporates

The rural/urban divide is too simplistic to apply to real lives, says a researcher who studies political and social divisions.

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Daily Yonder
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Heat, Drought and Population Growth Have Stressed Aquifers That Supply Water to Millions of Texans

Diminishing springs and aquifers due to heat, drought and high for demand water highlight the urgency for Central Texas conservation districts to prioritize climate-focused management, potentially involving reduced pumping for sustainability.

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Texas Tribune
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Pottsboro Library Receives $549,000 to Connect 500 Homes and Build 3 Broadband Towers

The Pottsboro Library and TekWav are pleased to announce a partnership to bring internet service to the patrons of the library through the Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) program.

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TekWav
  • #Arts & Humanities
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Northeast Texas School Mental Health Executive Learning Community

The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute is leading a 12-month learning experience that equips districts to effectively develop and implement evidence-based school mental health programs. This opportunity is free of cost thanks to the support of the Texas Pioneer Foundation.

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Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute
  • #Health
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Without Access to Water Lines, Texas Colonias Residents are Pulling Water from the Desert Air

Thousands of low-income, Latino residents in Texas still do not have safe drinking water. In one El Paso colonia, some residents are using solar distillation to generate water from the air.

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Texas Tribune
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Non-Medical Drivers of Health Strategies: Findings from Managed Care Organizations in Texas

Episcopal Health Foundation partnered with the Texas Association of Health Plans and the Texas Association of Community Health Plans to conduct the first ever Texas survey to capture Medicaid health plans activities to address non-medical drivers of health care.

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Episcopal Health Foundation
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Governor Abbott Names Rhodes Chair of Texas Workforce Investment Council

Governor Greg Abbott has named Richard “Rick” Rhodes, TRF's Rural Engagement Coordinator chair of the Texas Workforce Investment Council.

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Office of the Texas Governor
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State Allocations for $42.45 Billion High-Speed Internet Grant Program Announced

As part of the $42.5 billion Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Program, the NTIA announced Texas’ $3.3 billion allocation.

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Internet for All
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Texas Likely Will Spend Billions Fixing its Water Systems. Will It Reach These Forgotten Colonias? 

An estimated 500,000 people live in thousands of colonias along the Texas-Mexico border. Largely built between the 1950s and 1980s, these communities have been promised water — but it has never come.

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Texas Tribune
  • #Energy & Environment
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Texas Water Markets Review

Freshwater resources in Texas are facing unprecedented pressures. Increasing competition between water users, coupled with increasingly variable supplies, is giving rise to water scarcity across the state.

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The Nature Conservancy
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Connect Humanity Plans $10 Million Fund to Boost Small Business Internet Access and Economic Development in Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas

The Texas Border Small Business Broadband Fund will invest in high-speed connectivity, digital transformation, and skills development for businesses in Hidalgo and Cameron counties

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Connect Humanity
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Expanding Credit Access through Community Development Financial Institutions

Community devel­opment financial institutions, or CDFIs, are mission-driven nonprof­its and for-profits that deliver a range of financial products, services, and education to underserved individuals and communities.

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Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
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Hospital Engagement In The Social Determinants Of Health In Texas: Insights From A National Survey Of US Hospitals  

Episcopal Health Foundation, examines hospital responses of a national survey from the American Hospital Association.

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Episcopal Health Foundation
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Mapping Community College Finance Systems to Develop Equitable and Effective Finance Policy

For community colleges to reach their full potential as drivers of prosperity and equity, states must create strong, stable, coherent finance systems that enable and incentivize colleges to better meet pressing state interests and student needs.

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HCM Strategies
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Rural-to-Rural Partnerships: Leveling the Playing Field to Secure Federal Funding

It remains a priority to strengthen the capacity of rural communities to compete for federal funds and build the mechanisms and technical expertise they require to secure and manage federal awards.

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Inside Philanthropy
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Texas Will Spend Billions to Connect the State with Broadband. But is it Clear Which Neighborhoods Need Help?

On the eve of a historic investment in connecting the Lone Star State, advocates worry maps that will help establish which communities get funding have bad information.

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Texas Tribune
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Rural Broadband: A Listening Tour

Through a Listening Tour and Focus Group meetings, this 2018 report examines broadband access identified in rural Texas and prioritizes recomendations to empower Rural Texas.

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Connected Nation Texas
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Texas Broadband Funding Guide

To bridge gap between funders and community uptake, Connected Nation developed this 2018 Texas Broadband Funding Guide highlighting public and private programs across the state.

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Connected Nation Texas
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Farm Fresh Broadband: The Politics of Rural Connectivity

Book analyzing the promise and the failure of national rural broadband policy in the United States and proposes a new national broadband plan.

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MIT Press
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Fiber: The Coming Tech Revolution―and Why America Might Miss It

Book examining how large corporations that control cable and internet access in the United States use their tremendous lobbying power to tilt the playing field against competition, holding back the infrastructure improvements necessary for the country to move forward.

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Yale Press
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To Seize ‘Unique Moment,’ Rural Areas Need Help Building Capacity

Opening remarks from the 2022 Investing in Rural America Conference highlighting important ways to build rural capacity, including: helping communities write grants, creating pools of match funding, and building local capacity.

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Daily Yonder
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Rural Matters

Podcast about rural education, business, and health with a mission to increase awareness and expand dialogue on the most important issues facing rural stakeholders.

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Rural Matters
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What Does Being a Rural Teacher Mean to You?

Video featuring rural teachers talking about what being a rural teaching means to them. Created by the National Rural Education Association and Rural Schools Collaborative.

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National Rural Education Association
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West Texas farmers and ranchers fear the worst as drought, heat near 2011 records

2011 was the driest year on record for Texas, causing an estimated cost of $7.62 billion in crop and livestock losses. A dry and hot June has many sounding alarm bells about 2022.

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Texas Tribune
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Rural Transportation: R.E.A.L Transportation

News story about the Rural Economic Assistance League providing free transportation for rural communities to and from college campuses in the Coastal Bend region.

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KIII News
  • #Education
  • #Transportation