community development http://hppr.org en Amarillo is tenth best city for families http://hppr.org/post/amarillo-tenth-best-city-families <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Between 2012 and 2013, 11.7 percent of the population moved according to the U.S. Census Bureau.&nbsp; About a third of those moved because of “family-related reasons,” the </span><a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2014/06/05/why-americans-moved-last-year-cheaper-housing-shorter-commutes/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Wall Street Journal</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> reported.</span></p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Cindee Talley 33366 at http://hppr.org Amarillo is tenth best city for families A civic lesson for rural towns http://hppr.org/post/civic-lesson-rural-towns <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s not just lifelong farmers who feel the pull of the land as they get older. For some Americans, retirement is an opportunity to begin the farming dream.</span></p><p>“I wanted to be able to be active and have a pastime that ensured physical activity,” said beginning farmer Tom Thomas, who at 65 still has the physical fitness to wrestle and brand steers at his son’s ranch in Oklahoma.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse 18648 at http://hppr.org A civic lesson for rural towns Redefining the co-op in ways big and small http://hppr.org/post/redefining-co-op-ways-big-and-small <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The cooperative business model, long a staple of Midwestern agricultural communities, is being adapted to serve a broader range of rural needs.</p><p>For example, in the south-central Nebraska town of Elwood — population 700 — there’s a new grocery store.</p><p>“I get very emotional almost every time I’m in here, because I’m just so happy to have this store,” said Sharlette Schwenninger, who helped found the cooperative store. &nbsp;The town had been without a grocery store for more than a year.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 05:01:01 +0000 Hilary Stohs-Krause 17621 at http://hppr.org Redefining the co-op in ways big and small How are decisions made about projects that benefit rural America? http://hppr.org/post/how-are-decisions-made-about-projects-benefit-rural-america <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Department of Agriculture first began designating funds for rural development in 1933 as part of the New Deal. More federal funds were allocated in the Agricultural Act of 1970. During this fiscal year, the rural development program is administering approximately $38 billion in loans, loan guarantees and grants. It’s being used to construct or improve 48 rural libraries, assist 243 projects in the delivery of healthcare and help more than 270,000 low income families get affordable housing, according to the USDA.</span></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 05:01:02 +0000 Abbie Fentress Swanson 17156 at http://hppr.org How are decisions made about projects that benefit rural America?