Success Stories

Many of us take access to modern electronic and technological services for granted. But for businesses in Rural America, the lack of high-speed internet connections can make a difference between success and layoffs.

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Where can Iowans find some of the fastest internet service in Iowa?  How about in three rural communities in the western part of the state that have a total population of just 962 residents.

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New Water Treatment Plant.

How would you feel if your Village needed to provide clean and safe drinking water to its 284 residential and 31 non-residential water connections; and you didn’t know where or  how to correct the problem?

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Dr. Keelan Lewis and patient

For rural communities, it’s all about the ongoing challenge of creating and maintaining jobs.  In Seymour, Texas, the city’s Community Development Corporation decided to utilize Rural Development’s Rural Business Enterprise Grant program to stimulate the City’s business sector.  The initial grant

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In this photo, courtesy of Annin Flagmakers, employee Carol Wolfe sews an American flag at the company's Coshocton, Ohio facility.

   What begin in Alexander Annin’s sail-making shop in 1820s New York City is today known as America’s oldest and largest flag company. It’s still family-owned and fiercely committed to using only USA labor and materials. 

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