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HERE FOR YOU

The Rural Ideas Network sparks growth for entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial ecosystems in rural communities.

ABOUT THE NETWORK

We're a network of rural innovators and entrepreneurs using proven tools that spark growth in rural America.

 

Together we create positive economic outcomes for small towns and communities.

WHY WE EXIST

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, and friendly neighbors. 

We also know starting and running a business in rural communities is full of unique opportunities and challenges.

 

That's why we develop and share proven programs and best practices to help rural entrepreneurs succeed.

With national trends showing overall decreases in rural populations, there's a clear need to be proactive. Our work helps 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. We exist to help rural entrepreneurs and communities spark growth together.

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OUR TEAM

The Rural Ideas Network was built to create value for our members. Our leadership team helps organize this important work.

JORDAN DEGREE

Executive Team Member

JORDAN DEGREE

ERIC DREGNE

Executive Team Member

ERIC DREGNE

REBECCA UNDEM

Executive Team Member

REBECCA UNDEM