The 2022 Indiana General Assembly, a state-run organization focused on Hoosier Farmers, urges the state to take a long-term approach to solving the problems of rural communities in the state.
The Indiana Bureau of Agriculture (INFB) recently identified priorities for the return of the House of Representatives to the 10-week Annual Legislative Assembly.
The list goes on and on about the need to keep rural communities afloat as residents and businesses migrate to suburbs and urban areas in northwestern Indiana, central Indiana, and other states.
For example, the last session of INFB provided tens of millions of dollars in federal and state funding for broadband Internet expansion initiatives, primarily in rural communities.
But rural communities need human resource development and improved public health programs, said Andy Towyer, INFB public policy executive.
“This year, we want to take one step further to ensure that those strategic broadband investments are made for disadvantaged and disadvantaged communities,” Tauer said.
“We also want to work with groups that want to address other challenges for our rural community, including issues that affect education, early employment opportunities, infrastructure or membership.”