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Nearly 72% of the land area in the United

States, comprised of 1,976 counties, is rural.

Rural America produces the majority of

affordable food and energy, contains the

minerals and metals used in manufacturing,

supplies clean drinking water, and provides 

the most opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Rural America's population is aging as younger

generations leave for better economic

opportunities in cities. At the same time,

rural health and education continue to lag

behind urban centers. Rural America is facing

unprecedented stress and decline that puts the

security and prosperity of our nation at risk.

Eastern North Carolina faces even

greater challenges, compared to

the rest of the United States.

 50%

 more people DIE

from DIABETES

 15%

more people over the

age of 25 did NOT

FINISH HIGH SCHOOL

 20%

more people are living

BELOW THE POVERTY LINE

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THESE PROJECTS ARE JUST THE BEGINNING...

As we work together to identify new strategies through research we will find solutions for the challenges holding us back.

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