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Sep 19, 2017

Bill Menner and Bill McGowanIn this episode we focus on rural America with two former state directors for USDA Rural Development: Bill Menner and Bill McGowan. Our conversation begins with a discussion about the need for homegrown local leadership to act as a sparkplug, and continues with why some rural communities struggle while others survive; the importance of broadband connectivity for rural economic development, and the need for government financial support for it; the economics and politics of clean energy in rural communities; and the political divide between rural and urban America. We wrap up the conversation with predictions about sustainable development and the future of rural America.

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Recorded September 10, 2017.

Published September 18, 2017.