Rural Resourcefulness: Keeping the Countryside Connected When Budgets Are Tight
Monday, September 25, 2017
3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. PDT
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California's rural communities have natural beauty, open spaces, a more relaxed way of living, and sometimes lower costs that invite tourists, retirees, and urban refugees. Additionally, these rural communities supply the nation with food and vital natural resources. However, providing existing residents, new residents, and visitors with the access they need to lead their daily lives can be challenging. Additionally, though populations may be small, rural roads and highways provide important connections from farms to markets and between metropolitan regions and states. Getting people in rural communities where they need to go can be expensive, whether due to the cost of maintaining extended road networks, providing transit to isolated communities, or safely accommodating pedestrians and bicyclists on narrow or hilly roads. Meeting these needs is difficult. Local resources may be thin. Winning grant funding when competing against bigger cities can be hard. State and federal agencies are often focused on the bigger populations and seemingly larger needs of metropolitan areas. Agencies serving rural communities often have small staffs who must be capable and agile, able to address a wide variety of challenges daily. In this forum, learn how leaders of rural transportation agencies are meeting these challenges.
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