We are the network for rural innovation.


The Rural Ideas Network is a national nonprofit association that sparks growth in rural communities.

Our members are rural innovators and entrepreneurs. Our tools help them spark growth in rural America. Together we create positive economic outcomes for small towns and communities. 

Basic membership is free and provides an instant connection to innovative people across the country.


The Rural Ideas Network originated in Iowa, a state in which more than 75% of counties are rural. 
We know first-hand how beautiful rural life can be - open natural spaces, low cost of living, high quality education, low crime rates, and friendly neighbors. 

We also know starting and running business ventures in a rural community presents unique opportunities and challenges. We develop and share proven programs and best practices to help rural entrepreneurs succeed.

With national trends showing overall decreases in rural populations, small communities need to be proactive communities. We help rural communities create vibrant economic opportunities, attract & retain a talented workforce, and approach the future with optimism and innovation. 

We believe in a bright future for rural America. That's why we created the Rural Ideas Network - to help rural entrepreneurs and community innovators spark growth together.


The Rural Ideas Network is led by an executive team that's passionate about using entrepreneurism to spark growth in rural communities.

Jordan DeGree

Executive Team Member

Jordan DeGree

Rebecca Undem

Executive Team Member

Rebecca Undem

Eric Dregne

Executive Team Member

Eric Dregne



The Rural Ideas Network is composed of talented members from all different backgrounds.

The Rural Ideas Network provides tools and connections that help innovators and entrepreneurs spark growth in rural America. Together we create positive economic outcomes for small towns and communities. 



© 2020 by Rural Ideas Network
The Rural Ideas Network is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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