In a special interview from The Daily Yonder, Corianne Scally of the Urban Institute explained her research designating rural areas not on what they don’t have, but on what they do have.

From the story: “Rural areas are also often categorized in ways that focus on deficiencies. While descriptions around “persistent poverty” or “deep disadvantage” may be true for some rural places, they don’t lead with community strengths or elevate opportunities for growth. In contrast, our typology provides a starting point to help investors, policymakers, and practitioners identify groups of rural places with similar assets where a series of strategic investments, technical assistance, and capacity-building supports could make a difference.”

With the new designations, Scally and the Urban Institute hope investors and employers use the new typology to connect with new stakeholders across rural areas of the country.

To read the rest of the interview at the Yonder, click here.