Partnering with rural communities to help them meet their economic and social challenges in the 21st century.
That’s the mission of a new Rural Futures Institute being proposed by the University of Nebraska.
UNL vice-chancellor for agriculture and natural resources Dr. Ronnie Green says the institute will tap faculty expertise across all four NU campuses and involve partner organizations and rural communities across the Great Plains.
Green says the institute will focus on a range of issues impacting the rural economy and rural life.
“The need for the development of leaders to go back to rural communities—and leadership development of people in rural communities—not just from the youth coming back,” Green says. “Infrastructure, health care, legal services, transportation services—all of these are issues that need to be thought about heavily.”
The Rural Futures Institute proposal will go before the NU Board of Regents for formal approval at its October 26th board meeting.