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Biden launches ‘Investing in Rural America’ push with Cabinet officials

BY: - November 1, 2023

The programs are funded by a combination of dollars earmarked under 2022’s Inflation Reduction Act and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and American Rescue Plan of 2021, laws that Biden points to as milestones of his administration.

PJM, which coordinates the flow of electricity from power generators to utility companies in 13 states and the District of Columbia, is facing complaints about how it ensures it will have enough capacity to keep the electricity flowing during a winter storm or summer heat wave. (Photo by fhm/Getty Images)

Rural electric co-ops to get $10.7B in USDA funds for clean energy grants, loans

BY: - May 16, 2023

'There’s a favorable wind blowing here. This allows rural communities to put up a sail,' a White House official said.

The ceiling of the main Rotunda inside Pennsylvania’s Capitol building. May 24, 2022. Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).

Staff shortages, ‘burdensome’ regulations among top hurdles for addiction treatment providers

BY: - March 9, 2023

At the three-hour-long public hearing hosted by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a bipartisan and bicameral legislative agency, panelists provided lawmakers with an update on various efforts to stem the tide of opioid addiction and prevent overdose deaths in the commonwealth.  

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Postal service on-time performance similar in rural, urban areas, report finds

BY: - January 24, 2023

Pa. was among the locales where USPS periodical deliveries occurred 5% or more frequently in rural areas than urban areas.

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USDA to spend $500M extending high-speed internet to rural America

BY: - September 26, 2022

The current funding stream was targeted to upgrade existing infrastructure, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said.

Rural leaders fear they’ll miss out on infrastructure money | Analysis

BY: - November 28, 2021

The local leaders we have in rural communities are just trying to do their best,” he said. “They’re just making sure that the roads have gravel on them

Candidates, constituents of rural Pa. call for ‘their own Bill of Rights’

BY: - September 17, 2020

Several of the candidates said that residents of rural Pennsylvania don’t feel “heard” in Harrisburg.

Federal coronavirus aid posed barriers to rural small businesses, lawmakers hear

BY: - May 21, 2020

Rural small businesses have largely missed out on federal coronavirus assistance and many may not survive without another round of aid tailored to small-town and agricultural enterprises, members of a U.S. House small business subcommittee heard Wednesday.

‘We have to fix this’ Sens. Casey, Collins hear rural home healthcare concerns

BY: - February 12, 2020

The home health care system in rural America needs a facelift. This was the consensus of both lawmakers and a panel of witnesses who testified Wednesday before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging.

Could a state cell phone tax power Pa.’s rural broadband expansion?

BY: - January 9, 2020

As a starting point, Grange president Wayne Campbell suggested that a $.75 to $1 surcharge per-month on every cell phone user could finance small, matching state grants for local broadband projects.

While the state farm bill is a start, Pennsylvania’s agriculture leaders see further reforms

BY: - January 8, 2020

At a House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday, lawmakers heard more potential small fixes to aid farmers, big issues that needed some action, and hope that the PA Farm Bill was taking root.

Rural Pa.’s immigrant workforce is growing, new study finds

BY: - November 14, 2019

The share of immigrant workforce in rural parts of Pennsylvania has grown by 75 percent between 2000 and 2016, a new study has found. Using 2016 American Communities Survey data, the report by Penn State University and the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, found that 3.5 percent of the rural workforce — defined as those between […]