Today’s rural entrepreneurship news is full of ideas you can copy and adapt.
Start a rural food festival
If you have a rural food or ag business, get together with your neighbors to start a rural food festival. Read about a successful food festival in Isreal.
Get the attention of your government; copy “Rural Oregon Day”
All of Oregon’s state government pays attention to Rural Oregon Day:
Traditionally, the Governor prepares an address for Rural Oregon Day. Legislators plan their day around constituent meetings and visiting informational booths set up at the Capitol.
This year, rural entrepreneurship is getting a large share of the attention, according to the Newport News-Times (USA) article.
Grow your area’s heritage tourism
With historic forts, palaces and rural character, it makes perfect sense to market heritage tourism in India. What is your region’s heritage? How can you market it? First, read the Indian example in the Business Standard.
[Photo of fort at Jaipur, India, by LazyLlama on Flickr.]
Governmental entrepreneurs in Oregon (USA)
The rural Benton County motor pool maintenance shop takes in outside jobs from other government agencies, profiled in the Corvallis Gazette-Times.
The outside clients also help the county, though, bringing in about 60 percent of the $1 million operations budget for the motor pool, said Roger Irvin, Benton County Public Works Director. …
“This is a business operation. It has to support itself,” Irvin said. He added it was an example of the county looking for efficiencies and doing more with the public’s dollar.
Rural broadband via local government, rural electric cooperatives
Local governments and rural electric cooperatives are working together in Illinois (USA) to expand rural broadband coverage. State government is allowing use of their radio towers, and rural electric coops are taking a “no one left behind” approach. Read about it in Farm Week.
A setback for northeastern USA broadband?
Verizon has sold off their northeastern USA holdings to Fairpoint. Robert Mitchell at Computer World thinks this is a very bad thing for rural broadband prospects. For his part, Fairpoint’s CEO says rural broadband will expand, in an article at MaineToday. Oddly, the first article I read interviewing the Fairpoint CEO has been deleted.
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