Welcome to American Rural, where we increase opportunities for thought leaders and policymakers at all levels to craft effective solutions for Rural and Small Town America that reflect our innovative and entrepreneurial spirit for the good of the Nation.


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Why is American Rural an Important Movement?


There is a set of advantages that have to do with material resources, and there is a set that have to do with the absence of material resources - and the reason underdogs win as often as they do is that they latter is sometimes every bit the equal of the former.
— Malcom Gladwell's David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

What We've Achieved

Social Media

  • 10,000 Facebook Followers; 475+ Twitter Followers; publications on LinkedIn & Facebook
  • Ruralistically Newsletter:  2000 on Distribution List.

Advocacy

  • Speaker at State Agriculture and Rural Leaders Conference and numerous other conferences regarding rural and small town economic development
  • Informal input to Congressional offices and federal and state regulatory agencies regarding rural and small town demographics

Speaking Engagements

Corporate List

TBD

Research

  • Rural and small town demographic information as contrasted to other interest groups
  • Rural and small town success stories from across the nation
  • Locations of rural and small town poverty and other challenges
  • Technology factors contributing to rural and small town prosperity
  • Education factors contributing to rural and small town prosperity
  • Social capital as a factor in the 21st century opportunity equation

Education

  • Intro webinars on entrepreneurship, free for American Rural Pioneers
  • Frequent business plan competition judges
  • Work at university level – Flathead County Community College, University of Montana, Montana State University, George Mason University
  • MT Women’s Dream Team – outreach and opportunities for women
  • Distribution of TheNewRural.Com

Economic Development/Community Collaboration

  • Frontier Angel Fund 1 and 2 membership
  • Not-for-profit and for-profit Board service
  • Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs work
  • Start-up weekends, hackathons, and other start-up efforts nationwide
  • Syndication work for entrepreneur fundraising
  • Appointee to PNWER
  • SXSW participation
  • HATCH Creativity attendance and follow-up