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PRESS RELEASE | 9/16/20

Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. (RISI), a social enterprise advancing inclusive economic development in rural America, today announced that two rural communities from across their Rural Innovation Initiative have secured Venture Challenge grants via the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Build to Scale (B2S) program. The two successful grant applications came from Waterville, Maine and Platteville, Wisconsin.

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PRESS RELEASE | 1/10/20

Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. (RISI) today announced that 10 communities from across the country have been chosen in a highly competitive process to participate in the 2020 Rural Innovation Initiative, a technical assistance program supporting rural communities working to create digital economy jobs with an innovation hub strategy.

The 2020 Rural Innovation Initiative participants are:

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PRESS RELEASE | 12/10/19

Today, at The Opportunity Project Demo Day and Summit at the U.S. Census Bureau in Suitland, Maryland, the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) launched the Rural Opportunity Map, a suite of data visualization and mapping tools to help local leaders, national policymakers, investors, and donors see the potential in rural America. The tool contains hundreds of datasets curated to give insights into tech- and innovation-based economic development strategies and opportunities.

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PRESS RELEASE | 9/25/19

The Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) today announced it will establish the CORI Innovation Fund (CIF), a qualified opportunity zone fund, to invest in the growth of technology-enabled businesses across the United States.

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PRESS RELEASE | 7/31/19

Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. (RISI), today congratulated three communities on securing i6 Challenge grants via the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Regional Innovation Strategies program.

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RACHEL FERGUS | Republican Eagle | 2/19/19

Red Wing Ignite's successes have landed the incubator a spot in the Rural Innovation Initiative. The Center for Rural Innovation and the Rural Innovation Strategies launched the new program with the intent of supporting rural communities working to create digital economy jobs with an innovation hub strategy.

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LUKE MATHESON | Pine Bluff Commercial | 2/13/19

Go Forward Pine Bluff has been selected to participate in a new program that supports rural communities that are working to create jobs related to the digital economy. According to a news release, the initiative is made possible via a cooperative agreement between Rural Innovation Strategies Inc. and the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

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PRESS RELEASE | 2/5/19

The Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) and its sister organization, Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. (RISI), today announced the first cohort of communities selected to participate in the Rural Innovation Initiative, a new program supporting rural communities working to create digital economy jobs with an innovation hub strategy. The program is made possible via a cooperative agreement between RISI and the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

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