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Why Rural America is Losing Jobs

By Steven Johnson | ECT Staff Writer Published: September 2nd, 2014

Employment in rural America started to fall even before the recession and remains stagnant, according to a new Department of Agriculture study. The gloomy report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service added that lower levels of education and an aging population are acting as brakes on rural job growth. “The effects of the economic crisis... Read more

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Local Initiatives

Tech Skills in Students’ Backyards

Published: September 2nd, 2014

If asked to write the traditional “How I Spent My Summer Vacation” essay, nine Kentucky high school students would have quite a tale to tell. And along with opening students’ eyes to hometown opportunities, a co-op-sponsored... Read more

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Why Rural America is Losing Jobs

Published: September 2nd, 2014

Employment in rural America started to fall even before the recession and remains stagnant, according to a new Department of Agriculture study. The gloomy report from the USDA’s Economic Research Service added that lower levels of... Read more

Co-op News, Editor's Pick

Youth Tour Alum Wins New Scholarship

Published: September 2nd, 2014

Kate Brady spent her summer helping others. As she began her final year of high school, others gave her a hand. Brady, a member of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, won the first $5,000 Robert D. Bennett... Read more

Energy Efficiency

Co-op Launches Energy Audit Program

Published: August 29th, 2014

An electric cooperative in Alaska is launching a new energy audit program to help commercial members find ways to control expenses with low-cost, energy-efficiency improvements. Alaska Village Electric Cooperative recently received a $200,000 grant from the... Read more

Business & Finance

Weekly Fuel Price Watch

Published: August 29th, 2014

Here is the weekly update for key fuel prices that affect rural electric co-ops. In some cases, these represent averages across the country or in particular regions, and might differ from local market prices. Read more

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