The Goal.

If sustainably developed, these resources can provide more economic opportunities and more affordable housing, adaptation and resiliency to the changing climate and global markets, and a higher quality of life and greater well-being for all Californians.

The Problem.

Despite critical natural resources and commodities flowing from the farms, ranches, forests and streams of these beautiful and productive areas, rural CA’s assets and contributions are not always fully appreciated because of geographic distances and small populations.

FEATURED STORIES

October 01, 2018

How to spur prosperity in overlooked rural California and benefit the entire state

Three ways the CA Economic Summit aims to improve the economic portrait of rural parts of the state Read More »

Elevate Rural CA
August 21, 2017 by Bob Williams

Elevate CA: Don’t leave rural California behind

Businesses outside urban cores face distinct challenges including the digital divide Read More »

Elevate Rural CA
November 07, 2017

California tree die-off could help bring new life to rural economies

How next-generation biomass industry could help with sustainability and economic development Read More »

REPORTING

Keeping the CA Dream alive and thriving in the Central Valley
November 14, 2018 by Garth Stapley

Keeping the CA Dream alive and thriving in the Central Valley

How can the Valley lure more business and turn around some of the problems of rural California? Read More »

Humboldt County: An Economy in Transition
November 13, 2018 by Daniel Mintz

Humboldt County: An Economy in Transition

As the region's timber and cannabis industries evolve, a diversifying economy is growing jobs in other sectors Read More »

As Fires Burn: It’s Time to Take Climate Change Seriously in Rural California
November 13, 2018 by R.V. Scheide

As Fires Burn: It’s Time to Take Climate Change Seriously in Rural California

More than half of the state’s forestland may need treatment—an opportunity to grow jobs Read More »

Resilient rural communities built on upgraded infrastructure, faster broadband for all
November 12, 2018 by Kevin Cann

Resilient rural communities built on upgraded infrastructure, faster broadband for all

Any prescription to elevate California's rural areas should include improvements to digital and traditional infrastructure Read More »

The Golden State’s economy shines brighter when rural California is thriving
November 06, 2018 by Rex Bohn

The Golden State’s economy shines brighter when rural California is thriving

Rural County Representatives of California leader shares the top three strategies for lifting up rural communities Read More »

Solid research on rural challenges paved way forward for Elevate Rural CA initiative
October 17, 2018 by Deborah Kollars

Solid research on rural challenges paved way forward for Elevate Rural CA initiative

Promising economic solutions to rural impediments are ready for a renewed push Read More »

Upgrading aging, inadequate water systems of rural California will elevate entire state
October 09, 2018 by Deborah Kollars

Upgrading aging, inadequate water systems of rural California will elevate entire state

Smaller, dispersed communities struggle to meet current and future water needs Read More »

How innovative wood products could help cut California wildfires, advance forest resiliency and economic prosperity
October 08, 2018 by Deborah Kollars

How innovative wood products could help cut California wildfires, advance forest resiliency and economic prosperity

Restoration of state's forested lands will play a critical role in its overall environmental, social and economic well-being Read More »

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