This week, USDA’s Economic Research Service released its annual report on the economic condition of rural America – the 2013 Rural America at a Glance report. The data in this report underscores the challenges of stagnant job growth and persistent poverty faced by many communities across rural America. According to USDA:
While we continue to make great strides in rural America, this report is a reminder that there is still much work to be done. Infrastructure generally, and water infrastructure in particular, is a necessary component of economic growth in rural communities. Without reliable water and wastewater services, businesses are typically unable or unwilling to open facilities in rural areas.
Sustainable infrastructure provides rural communities with the foundation upon which economic growth rests, and the release of this report highlights the ongoing need for investment in essential infrastructure and community development in rural America.