While considerable attention has been paid to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on urban areas, very little research has examined its impact on rural populations. This is despite the fact that rural communities – which make up tens of millions of people from diverse backgrounds – are among the nation’s most vulnerable populations and may be intrinsically less resilient to the effects of such a large-scale exogenous shock.
TPMA has initiated a Rural America Tour to collaboratively use data and feedback obtained to identify best practices and develop equitable policy initiatives that result in long-term sustainable solutions. We aim to pinpoint the top 5 most pressing economic development challenges in rural America. After identifying these issues, a hackathon or similar activity will be open to the public to explore sustainable solutions.
- May 2021
- Rural America Tour Kick Off
- July 2021
- August – September 2021
- Release Initial Findings
- October 2021
- Hackathon/Solutions Awards.
Our unique approach to economic development and community resiliency includes placing a high value on economic diversity, quality of place, resource alignment, and overall community vibrancy. We use proven strategies to help communities adapt to changes in the economy or environment
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Our data analysis is driven by research and community engagement, allowing us to identify where your community may be vulnerable and craft custom, comprehensive strategies to capitalize on emerging opportunities