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Cooperatives Build Rural Communities

Cooperatives Build Rural Communities

By Karen Macdonald - Monday, October 24, 2016

Across America, a plethora of cooperative businesses are integral to rural communities and economies, offering essential services that enable citizens and businesses to grow and thrive. Owned and governed by their members, these cooperatives focus on long-term needs rather than short-term profits, creating the foundation on which rural American communities depend. All Americans benefit from the food, fuel and fiber that are produced by these cooperatives’ members and distributed throughout the nation. Read More »

#RuralisCool, and Rural Communities Are Proving It

#RuralisCool, and Rural Communities Are Proving It

By Shirley Bloomfield: CEO, NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association - Monday, March 28, 2016

The Rural America Matters blog series explore the issues and challenges of delivering rural infrastructure services to our nation’s food producers and their communities. Shirley is chief executive officer of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. CoBank is an associate member of NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association and is a key supporter the Foundation for Rural Service, a non-profit that serves rural communities across the United States. Read More »

Rural America Matters: Investing in Rural Communities

Rural America Matters: Investing in Rural Communities

By Chris Shaffner, Vice President, Public Private Partnerships - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

As CoBank’s Vice President of Public Private Partnerships, Chris Shaffner manages the bank’s Rural Business Investment Company (RBIC) portfolio, new equity investments, as well as the Rural Investment Opportunity Fund in partnership with Capitol Peak Asset Management and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Read More »

Rural America Matters: Water Infrastructure Essential for Economic Growth

By Nivin Elgohary, Senior Vice President, Electric Distribution, Water and Community Facilities - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

As CoBank’s Senior Vice President for Electric Distribution, Water and Community Facilities Banking Division, Nivin Elgohary manages more than $13.5 billion in total commitments to the rural infrastructure industry nationwide. Read More »