Enhancing Rural Innovation in ­the ­United States

This report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), “Enhancing Rural Innovation in ­the ­United States,” is part of a collaboration between RCAP and the OECD and is part of a larger research undertaking by the OECD on rural innovation around the world. In summary:

“When it comes to high‑tech innovations, the United States leads the path amongst OECD economies. However, in the context of the national record‑breaking activities in high tech innovation, there lies distinct and growing geographical disparities. This report dives into strategies for better understanding innovation that occurs in rural places, and places outside major metropolitan areas, often going beyond science and technology. It provides analysis and recommendations to support regional development initiatives aimed at closing the gaps in innovation between rural and urban areas. The report includes a special topic chapter on the role of broadband and education in rural areas, exploring trends and providing policy recommendations to enhance rural innovation through these specific and critical framework conditions.”

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OECD (2023), Enhancing Rural Innovation in the United States, OECDRural Studies, OECD Publishing, Paris, https://doi.org/10.1787/22a8261b-en.

This report and collaboration between RCAP and OECD was sponsored using Federal funds under award ED19HDQ3120048 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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